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SAF and CSULB’s CBRS Awarded $2.2 Million for “Minorities Overcoming Risk” Project

Published: December 15, 2008

The Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach (SAF), in cooperation with the Center for Behavioral Research and Services (CBRS) at CSULB, has been awarded a federal grant for a projected $2,248,835 over five years to launch a new “Minorities Overcoming Risk” project.

The new program will increase access to outpatient substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS services for at-risk African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos in Long Beach.

Under the new program, which is anticipated to begin Jan. 1, SAF will provide outpatient substance abuse counseling, case management, HIV testing, mental health referrals, HIV risk reduction education and community outreach. Drug treatment services also will be highly integrated with an existing mental health program for minorities at SAF.

CSULB/CBRS will provide street outreach, HIV rapid tests and pre-treatment services, including pre- and post-test counseling; prevention education; and distribution of condoms and bleach. Pre-treatment counselors also will link minorities to community-based drug treatment and to medical case management. CSULB/CBRS also will provide professional data collection and program evaluation services for the new program.

Funding has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), under its “Targeted Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services.” SAF and CSULB/CBRS are among 49 organizations nationwide that recently were awarded funding under this program.

For more information, contact Hilda Birchmeier, project director, at 562/987-5722