$304,000 grant: Mental health bureau renews substance-abuse prevention award to Jackson State’s Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition

(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Department of Mental Health Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services has renewed MJCPC’s Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant. Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition will receive $304,488 for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Henry C. Thompson Jr.

“We are excited about the renewal of this grant.  It is rewarding to educate our youth and community about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs,” said Henry C. Thompson Jr., MJCPC director/principal investigator.

The purpose of this grant is to provide evidence-based substance-abuse prevention services to our local schools, colleges and community.

Additionally, it focuses on preventing the abuse and/or misuse of prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana by youth, young adults, and adults in the Jackson metropolitan area. The grant helps with developing and implementing an age-appropriate, culturally relevant comprehensive prevention program that includes a broad array of strategies directed at individuals not identified to be in need of treatment.

Services include:

  • Prevention activities and services provided in a variety of settings for elementary through secondary schools
  • Jackson State University campus
  • The general population
  • Sub-groups at high-risk for substance abuse

MJCPC was formed in 1995 under the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Community Prevention initiative. The Coalition is an expansion of an earlier CSAP five-year Community Partnership initiative “Jackson Takes A Stand Community Partnership.”

Metro Jackson serves K-12 schools, college, community, elderly, and parent populations and has received substance-abuse prevention funding for 30 years.