Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Misc. from DC government

  • Defining "College and Career-Readiness" for our Youth, July 13:     The next Education and Youth Development Plan conversation will tackle the challenges associated with measuring youth progress toward college enrollment and career-readiness.   This meeting, convened by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, is being held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Southeast Neighborhood Library (403 7th St SE).   Ahnna Smith is coordinating this work; contact her (258-6197 or via email) for more information.
  • Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library closes July 13, new library opens August 2:   The interim library located at 945 Rhode Island Ave NW will close Tuesday, July 13 at 5:30 pm to move to the new library which is scheduled to open on Monday, August 2.   The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library will be located at 1630 7th St NW, across from the Shaw Metro station.   Features of the new 22,000 square foot, three-story library include separate reading areas for adults, teens, and children; a children’s program room; capacity for 80,000 books and other materials; more than 30 public access computers with free Wi-Fi internet access; a large program room for up to 100 people; and two 12-person conference rooms.
  • MPD’s 4D National Night Out info:   The Fourth District’s event is being held August 3 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Field #3 at Takoma Community Center (6300 3rd St NW).   Activities will include child and youth fingerprinting by NY Life Insurance, face painting, meeting and greeting your PSA officers and officials, boat safety demos by MPD Harbor Patrol, food, health screenings, and much more!   Read the event flier here.
  • SAMHSA awarded DC $10.6 million for substance abuse prevention:   The Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA) in the Department of Health will receive more than $10 million in federal funding over five years, which doubles resources for prevention, to
    expand and build on the existing substance abuse prevention infrastructure in the District.   As part of the agreement, the infrastructure will be sustained after the funds expire guaranteeing a continuation of enhanced substance abuse prevention in the District.

    The grant is part of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant program administered by SAMHSA.   According to SAMHSA,

    The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) program is one of SAMHSA's infrastructure grant programs.   SAMHSA's infrastructure grants support an array of activities to help grantees build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse and/or mental health services.

    What this means practically is that each participating state is required to develop a system that combines public health research with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity.   Grantees are also required to maintain the infrastructure after the SAMHSA grant ends.

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