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Date: 9/16/2008
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA Awards $33 Million to Education Development Center, Inc. to Run National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced a five-year cooperative agreement grant award totaling $33 million to the Education Development Center, Inc. of Newton, Mass., for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention. 

Through the center, SAMHSA will provide technical assistance for grantees in two federally funded programs: Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) and Linking Action for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (Project LAUNCH).

To date, SS/HS has provided funds to 336 local educational agencies to foster resilience among students, promote mental health, and prevent substance abuse, youth violence, and mental and behavioral disorders.  Project LAUNCH, a new program, will provide funds to six localities through state agencies to plan and implement a range of healthy childhood development activities for children up to age 8.

“Through this cooperative agreement with the Education Development Center, SAMHSA will provide assistance to programs working in communities nationwide to foster resilience of young people, promote their mental health, and prevent  violence, substance abuse and mental disorders,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. 

First-year funding totals nearly $6.6 million.  Continuation of the award is subject to the availability of funds and progress achieved by the grant recipient.  SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services will administer this cooperative agreement.

For more information on this and other SAMHSA programs, go to

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.

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