Berkeley, Colleton get grants to combat teen alcohol abuse


Berkeley County is one of 17 sites in South Carolina that will receive funds to reduce underage drinking and/or DUI crashes through the statewide Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow (CAST) project.

Funding for CAST was awarded through a five-year grant from the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.  The S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) will receive and distribute $2,135,724 in the first year and each of the next four years.

In addition to Berkeley County and the Ernest E. Kennedy Center, regional funding includes Colleton County and the Colleton County Commission. Colleton County will also receive funds to address underage drinking.

The funded sites will utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework process to implement programs in their communities.  The underlying concept of SPF is to use the findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity within the state and the prevention field.  This will promote resilience and decrease risk factors in individuals, families and communities.

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