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MIMH Awarded Over $1 million to Implement New Substance Abuse & HIV/AIDS Prevention Project for African American Youth and Young Adults

MIMH Awarded Over $1 million to Implement New Substance Abuse & HIV/AIDS Prevention Project for African American Youth and Young Adults

St. Louis, MO— January 28, 2016

The Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is pleased to announce its recent grant award totaling nearly $1.5 million over five years, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) HIV Capacity Building Initiative. The grant will allow MIMH to continue its work in preventing and reducing the onset of substance use and the transmission of HIV among at-risk populations.

Over the life of the grant, MIMH will implement 16 six-week integrated prevention interventions designed for African American youth and young adults ages 13 – 24. The interventions will include substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis prevention education as well as social marketing activities. The goal is to serve a total of 960 participants from St. Louis City and County.

Opportunities for free on and off site behavioral health counseling, substance abuse screenings, and HIV, STD, and hepatitis testing for participants and their family members will be provided by partnering agencies Williams & Associates and the St. Louis City and County Health Departments. In addition, partnerships will be developed with local middle schools, high schools and universities to increase access to the target population.

Plans are underway to launch the first intervention session by the summer of 2016. For more information contact Brendolyn Bailey-Burch at 314-516-8458 or Brendolyn.Bailey-Burch@mimh.edu.

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