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CVHD awarded $259,000 grant

The Central Valley Health District, which covers Stutsman and Logan counties, is one of 22 public health agencies and four tribes to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from the North Dakota Department of Human Services to combat underage drinking and binge drinking.

CVHD received $259,669 of approximately $5.3 million in grant funding. Funding amounts were calculated by a formula that evaluates population and the number of cities, townships and counties each agency covers.

Tammy Dillman, CVHD finance director, said a community planning session is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Gladstone Inn & Suites in Jamestown to decide how the money can best be utilized by the agency.

“We would encourage feedback from the community on how we might look at prevention activities surrounding this grant and the funds that have been given to us,” Dillman said.

People interested in attending the meeting are asked to notify the CVHD at 252-8130, as there will be lunch provided by the agency.

“We’re developing a plan on how to spend those funds. That’s part of the process we’re going through locally,” said Robin Iszler, CVHD administrator. “This meeting that we’re having on Thursday, the main purpose is to inform and get feedback from community members to form the process to develop the plan for spending this money.”

The department grants are through the Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In a news release on Monday, the North Dakota Department of Human Services said rates for both underage drinking and adult binge drinking have been declining, but North Dakota still ranks second in the nation for binge drinking over a month-long period, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Funding for the grant is provided by the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, an infrastructure grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The only counties not covered by the grant were Pembina and McIntosh, and while Burleigh County is not participating in the program, the city of Bismarck is.

Robyn Litke Sell of Fargo-Cass Public Health said the grants are an “incredible opportunity” for North Dakota.

“The focus areas that have been selected are very appropriate, and I’m very excited to work with community partners to address underage drinking and adult binge drinking,” she said in a release.

Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at