Mayor Don Wesely today congratulated the Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs (LCAD) on receiving a $60,000 grant to increase awareness of treatment and recovery options. LCAD, on behalf of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Substance Abuse Action Team, received the grant from Join Together, a national resource for communities taking action against substance abuse.
"Lincolnís goal is to become the healthiest community in the nation, and we canít accomplish that without working on substance abuse prevention and treatment," said Mayor Wesely. "Promoting treatment and recovery options can open the door to a new life for those trapped by substance abuse."
LCAD will also join the national Demand Treatment! program, Join Togetherís initiative to increase the number of people receiving quality treatment for substance use disorders by building local leadership, providing information, improving treatment quality and ending discrimination. LCAD and the Substance Abuse Action Team will create a public awareness campaign emphasizing a diverse and comprehensive perspective of treatment and recovery.
"If the citizens of Lincoln and Lancaster County understand the issues and have a vehicle for involvement, they can become the voice that demands treatment from government, employers, the justice system and public health," said Deb Sprague, Executive Director of LCAD.
LCAD is one of 14 Demand Treatment! partners selected this year from more than 50 competing applicants across the nation. Join Together will provide these communities and counties with technical assistance, funding and leadership development over the next two years.
"Too many people fail to get the treatment they need because they donít think it will work, or fear they will be fired or forced out of their homes," said David Rosenbloom, Director of Join Together. "We are very pleased that these 14 communities and counties will join us as we demand that the health, criminal justice and specialized treatment systems be expanded and improved."
Join Together is a project of Boston University School of Public Health and receives most of its funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Its website is www.drugfree.org/join-together.