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Featured Article: November 18, 2014

Department of Social Services Awarded Federal Grants for Prevention Efforts

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) has been awarded two federal grants to enhance efforts within the Division of Behavioral Health’s Prevention Program.

DSS received a Notice of Grant Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention for the Partnership for Success (PFS) grant for South Dakota. The award is for $1,380,000 per year for five years. The focus of this grant is the reduction of underage drinking with the target population being 12 to 20 year olds.

DSS also received a Notice of Grant Award from SAMHSA, State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention, for a South Dakota Youth Suicide Prevention Project (SDYSPP). The award is for $736,000 per year for five years. The grant will focus on youth at risk for suicide, with the target population being from 10 to 24 years old.

“We are pleased to have been awarded this funding from SAMHSA,” said Cabinet Secretary Lynne Valenti. “We believe this will strengthen and support our state’s youth to lead independent and healthy lives.”

The Prevention Program within the Division of Behavioral Health focuses on creating and sustaining a statewide prevention system promoting behavioral health and preventing mental and substance use disorders through evidence based programs.

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