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Monday, October 11, 2010

SAMHSA Awards Grants to Children Whose Families Use Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine has torn a hole through a number of communities in the United Sates, countless children are affected by their parents use of the drug and in many cases children will to start to use meth themselves. In an attempt to help children whose parents use methamphetamine the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will give up to $16.8 million over a four year period in grants to make services more effective in order to help provide better support to children whose families use methamphetamine. The children the program will focus on are those whose parents have enrolled in Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC) for methamphetamine; the goal is to provide exposed newborns with medical care as early as possible, on top of mental health, medical and dental care to children ages 0-17.

"Children of substance abusing parents are likely to experience guilt, anxiety, embarrassment, inability to have close relationships, confusion, and anger," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "This program offers children help early on which is important in preventing more serious problems for the child later in life, including substance abuse and mental disorders. The key is helping children understand they are not responsible for the problems of their parents."

There will be 12 grants which will be administered by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; using approximately $4.2 million per year, the awardees will be eligible for up to $370,000 per year for up to four years.

The awardees and the first year amounts of their grants are:
  • Superior Court of California, Riverdale, Calif. $370,000
  • Clark County, Vancouver, Wash. $370,000
  • Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara, Calif. $370,000
  • Colorado Judicial Department, Denver, Colo. $369,090
  • Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Oklahoma City, Okla. $370,000
  • Administrative Office of the Courts/Nebraska Supreme Court, Lincoln, Nebraska $369,856
  • County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif. $370,000
  • San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health - Drug & Alcohol Services San Luis
    Obispo, Calif. $370,000
  • Dunklin County, Kennett, Mo. $119,082
  • Butte County, Chino, Calif. $370,000
  • Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Sacramento, Calif. $370,000
  • Pima County Juvenile Court, Tucson, Ariz. $369,993
Hopefully, the new program will be able to spare many children from a life of addiction to methamphetamine by providing them with the education, medical, and therapeutic services that children whose parents are meth addicts desperately need.


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