Valley Group Gets 2 Grants to Curb Substance Abuse

Written by Patricia Villers, Published by New Haven Register, November 05, 2002.
Reprinted with permission.

ANSONIA Grants totaling more than $34,000 from two local foundations have been awarded to Birmingham Group Health Services.

The bulk of the money will go to implement and expand drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs sponsored by the Valley Substance Abuse Action Council, which is part of the Birmingham Group.

The Katharine Matthies Foundation awarded a $12,000 grant to the council for staff training, equipment and implementation of a Drums Not Drugs program. The 12-week course is now under way at the Howard F. Tinney Community Center .

The program teaches self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills through music.

The council also received a $15,000 matching grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to expand the Drums Not Drugs program to a second Valley location.

The Community Foundation also awarded the agency $3,000 to launch a Valley chapter of STATIC (Students Teaching against Tobacco in Connecticut ), and $1,155 to enhance its STOP (Stop Teen-Age Alcohol Purchases) and TIPs (Training for Intervention Procedures) programs.

Valley Substance Abuse Action Council Executive Director Pamela Mautte said part of the grant paid for training for three council staffers in violence prevention at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain .

Mautte said the council is acting as fiduciary for the STATIC group and funds will go for supplies and toward producing a cable TV public service announcement.

The council is also presenting an "It's Only Alcohol" seminar at the old Seymour Middle School building from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov.

19. The seminar is for package store owners and bartenders as well as parents. "We'll talk about legal liabilities and teach (permittees) how to check IDs," Mautte said.

The Community Foundation also awarded a $3,000 grant to the Valley Mental Health Center to support a monthly "Family Night" for members of the center's "Hope for Life Group," an HIV/AIDS support group.

The Valley Mental Health Center is a subsidiary of the Birmingham Group.

"We are extremely grateful to both The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Katharine Matthies Foundation for their continued support of our organization and our mission," said Marilyn Cormack, president of Birmingham Group. "Their generosity is critical to ensuring our ability to continue meeting our community's needs."

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