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KSP Awards Funds to River Valley Regional Health To Prevent Collegiate Underage Drinking

Date of News Release: 05/25/2010

Gary Hall is the Senior Director for RVBH recieve a check, click to enlarge

(Henderson, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced today the agency awarded $356,000 in federal grant funds to enforce underage drinking laws that prohibit the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

River Valley Behavioral Health (RVBH) in Owensboro was one of the grant recipients and will use the funds to facilitate a multi-campus alcohol prevention project in area colleges.

Gary Hall is the Senior Director for RVBH and plans to utilize all the partners in this project for a successful implementation at local campuses.

"It is an honor to be entrusted by the Kentucky State Police with the significant task of reducing underage drinking among college and college-aged young adults," said Hall.  "We believe this can only be accomplished through a collaborative effort made by college faculty/administration, state and local law enforcement, prevention practitioners, community members and especially the student body supportive of this special project," added Hall.

RVBH will receive $40,150 from the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and KSP serves as the designated state administrator for grant program.

KSP Captain Robert Shoultz presented the award check in a brief Award Ceremony today.

"The KSP Henderson Post is proud to partner in this important project to curb underage drinking at the high school level," said Shoultz. "We believe that strong community involvement combined with educational efforts will contribute to the successful implementation of this program," added Shoultz.

The 2008 Kentucky Incentives Prevention (KIP) Survey indicated that 30 percent of tenth graders said that they have drank alcohol in the past 30 days.

The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) reports that underage drinking costs Kentucky 752 billion dollars each year through medical care and loss of work.

Shoultz advised that the two main contributing factors to underage drinking is a youth's ability to illegally purchase alcohol and obtaining someone, over the age of 21, to purchase it for them.

"EUDL grant activities specifically target these factors and are designed to reduce underage drinking by making it harder to gain access to alcohol," remarked Shoultz. "Kentucky's youth are the future of the Commonwealth and we must utilize every effort available to protect this most valuable asset."

KSP is proud to announce the other 2010 EUDL grant recipients and projects:

2010 EUDL Grant Recipients and Funded Projects

  • Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, 'STAR (Server Training in Alcohol Regulations) Program and special event enforcement.
  • MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving, ' Youth In Action' project
  • Seven Counties Prevention, Inc, ' Reel Action' video project
  • Taylor County Fiscal Court, W.A.L.K. (Without Alcohol, Life's Kickin') Project
  • Allen County Sherriff's Department, ' Allen County Alcohol Prevention Campaign'
  • Morehead State University, ' Collegiate Alcohol Prevention Project'
  • Clark County ASAP Board, ' Clark County youth Initiative'

KSP will accept applications for the 2011 EUDL block grant beginning December 1, 2010. The grant application package will be posted on the agencies' website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org on that date. EUDL Contact Information: Sherry Bray, State Coordinator (502) 695-6353.

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