The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $500,000 in federal funds for Southwest Washington youth organizations to help prevent substance abuse.
Local grant recipients include $125,000 apiece for Evergreen Public Schools and Washougal School District, $125,000 for the Washington Gorge Action Program and $125,000 for Lifeline Connections Teen Advocacy Coalition.
The funds will help those groups fight against prescription drug, tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use among children.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, applauded the award in a media release this week.
“The impacts of substance use are felt far and wide in our communities. As mentors, parents, neighbors and friends, it’s our responsibility to help lead young adults and school-aged residents on the path to healthy lives,” Herrera Beutler said. “From my position on the Appropriations Committee in Congress, I worked to strengthen this program to prevent youth substance use in our communities, and I’m glad to see these resources being targeted right here.”