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Committee's grants to aid schools, law enforcement

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Other funds support jail, offenders

By The Staff

TELL CITY - The Perry County Substance Abuse Committee awarded grants totaling more than $59,000 during a breakfast July 8 at Bill & Dave's Smokin' Pit. Awards serve local schools, police departments and service providers working to crub the fight against substance abuse.

As in past years, grants were awarded in three areas, prevention and education, law enforcement and justice, and treatment and intervention.

Prevention-Education

• $8,000 to Cannelton City Schools for a Healthy Minds and Bodies Program, an after-school effort for students in grades three through six that supports physical and emotional strength training. Students receive academic support for homework, research projects and recreation.

• $1,500 to Cannelton Police Department's Kenny Kellems Camp with a Cop. The camp wrapped up its third year this summer and provides young people lessons and activities that promote respect for law enforcement, community service and positive self-esteem.

• $5,000 to Lincoln Hills Development Corp. Youth Service Bureau's prevention education programs that offers services to county youth. Goals are to increase strength and competence in young people's abilities and to foster self-awareness and self-confidence.

• $8,000 to substance abuse prevention efforts at Perry Central Community School Corp. Working on several fronts, the program works to prevent abuse of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs through prevention activities, community education and awareness events. The program supports Students Taking Action Not Drugs and Snowflake programs.

• $2,880 to Southern Hills Counseling Center's Victim Impact Panel. The project provides people charged with their first alcohol or other substance-abuse related offense to attend a victim panel as part of Southern Hills' Alcohol Education Program. The panel includes three or four people who have suffered injuries or trauma, or are loved ones of victims.

• $6,000 to Tell City Junior High School's Life Choices in Cinema, an after-school program that shares positive messages through film on issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, violence prevention and character education.

Law Enforcement-Justice

$4,111.92 to Cannelton Police Department for a Protecting Our Hometown Heroes project that will purchase new body armor and vests for officers.

• $5,000 to Perry Circuit Court's Project Breath Alcohol Random Testing. The program ensures people on probation abide by court-ordered prohibitions against alcohol use.

• $4,239.28 to the Perry County Sheriff's Department for a new control box and monitor for cameras already in place in and around the jail. The controls and cameras were purchased to prevent drugs and other contraband from entering the jail and to catch suspected drug use.

• $5,704 to the Tell City Police Department for new electric stun guns. Seven new X26 Tasers will replace older models.

Treatment-Intervention

• $2,500 to the Branchville Correctional Facility for a Back Row Enterprises program of substance-abuse treatment. Group sessions provide a support network for men advancing in recovery.

• $1,500 to Branchville Correctional Facility to allow 10 counselors to participate in a drug and alcohol Studies training session.

• $10,000 to Crisis Connection to provide community access to existing crisis-intervention services.

• $2,500 to Southern Hills Counseling Center for a medication assistance program to help clients who can's afford psychotropic medications.