Governor Malloy Announces Funding to Fight Underage Drinking & Drug Abuse

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, left, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, right. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)- Governor Dannel Malloy announced funding for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to fight underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. Governor Malloy says eight community agencies across the state will get $6 million dollars in funding for the cause.

The community agencies getting that money are Positive Directions in Norwalk, the Town of East Hampton, Human Services in the City of Norwich, Klingberg Family Centers in New Britain, the Town of Manchester, the Village for Families and Children in Vernon, the Institute for Community Research in West Hartford, and McCall, Colebrook, New Hartford, Barkhamsted, Norfolk and Winsted, which are all in Region 5.

The funds are from part of a competitive grant given to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA.

“By partnering with communities,” said Governor Malloy, “we can broaden our efforts to educate youths about the dangers of underage drinking and prescription drug abuse, save the lives of those who may be suffering from addiction, and even prevent it before it has the opportunity to take hold. This funding will help save lives.”

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