TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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River Valley Behavioral Health Receives $25k from KSP
KSP Announces Funding to Reduce Underage Drinking in Kentucky
Date of News Release: 11/14/2011
(Henderson, KY) –- Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer presented eight agencies with grant funds for underage drinking prevention projects.
KSP serves as the designated state administrator for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) block grant.
Through the federal program, KSP made available $300,000 in grant funds for Kentucky projects that address the dangers of underage drinking.
In a check presentation ceremony today at the KSP Henderson Post, Captain Robert Shoultz presented the River Valley Behavioral Health with a check for $25,000.00.
These funds will be used to help curb underage drinking by educating the youth of its inherit dangers.
"Enforcement is vital to reducing underage drinking in Kentucky, but it must be accompanied by an educational component that will bring awareness about the serious dangers involved," said Shoultz. "These federal dollars will allow communities to work together to identify local needs and sustain a successful strategy to combat underage drinking."
"The key is being vigilant in changing the social perception that underage drinking is a rite of passage for teenagers," said Shoultz, "when in actuality, it is a dangerous drug that is proven to reduce brain activity in young people, resulting in dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences."
"EUDL grant activities specifically target the ability of youth 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."
For more information about the EUDL grant program, please contact Sherry Bray at (502) 782-1780.