A federal grant announced Wednesday will help a Salinas institution continue its work to prevent alcohol and drug abuse in the region – and help those struggling with the disease.
The Sun Street Centers in Salinas will receive $625,000 over five years for its Preventing Alcohol Related Trauma in Salinas, or PARTS, program.
For more than 16 years, PARTS has targeted alcohol abuse by teenagers and young adults through education, prevention and law enforcement efforts.
PARTS will use the grant to step up its efforts to reducing youths’ access to alcohol and illegal substances, promoting positive adult role-modeling, and teaching parents and young people about the laws and penalties for underage drinking and drug use.
PARTS also works toward establishing new laws covering drug paraphernalia and tobacco licensing.
The funding is part of $24.4 million being distributed nationwide by a Drug Free Communities grant.
Sun Street Centers was chosen as a recipient because of its successful track record in building community coalitions to tackle alcohol and drug abuse issues.