The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded Sun Street Centers, a treatment and recovery center in Salinas, Calif., with a $49,417 grant to support its education and addiction treatment services.
Sun Street received a Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP) grant. The grants are used to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth 12 to 20 years old.
Sun Street Centers’ PARTS Coalition will use the funding to help as many families as possible in Monterey County.
“Substance abuse prevention has never been more critical than today,” Anna Foglia, Sun Street Centers CEO, said. “The effect of COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders have left students frustrated and vulnerable. Unfortunately, many have turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with their confusion. The rise of overdoses among young people in Monterey County is one sad indicator of this. The Sun Street Centers’ PARTS Coalition has embraced Telehealth as an opportunity to bring volunteers, parents, students, and agencies together across the county to come up with strategies to support students and parents during these unprecedented times.”
The grant shows that the federal government recognizes students need outlets besides abusing alcohol and other drugs, Foglia said, to address mental health issues in families created by the pandemic.