$2.5M in funding to prevent underage drinking, substance abuse at SUNY, CUNY announced

Credit: MGN Online
Credit: MGN Online

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York Governor’s Office announced more than $2.5 million to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse at 20 SUNY and CUNY College campuses.

With the funding, each grant recipient to develop a community coalition to foster community partnerships to try and curb underage drinking and substance abuse.

“Time after time, we have seen the reckless behavior, and bad decisions with often life-altering consequences that come with underage drinking,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “This funding will build on our progress to prevent senseless tragedies and equip students with vital knowledge to curb underage and binge drinking, and provide critical services to those at risk for addiction.”

The funding will be administered through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, each awarded college will receive $125,000 annually for five years.

Schools can apply by completing the request for application administered by NYS OASAS.

New Yorkers struggling with an addiction, or whose loved ones are struggling, can find help and hope by calling the State’s HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (Short Code 467369). New Yorkers can find an OASAS-certified substance use disorder treatment provider any time by using the OASAS Treatment Availability Dashboard at FindAddictionTreatment.ny.gov.

The anticipated date for the announcement of the selected grant recipients is Feb. 22, 2017.

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