HOUSTON (September 6, 2013) – DePelchin Children’s Center has been chosen by the Texas Department of State Health Services to receive four grants both implementing and expanding Youth Prevention Programs for school age youth in the area. Through the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention program (ATOD), services will now be provided for middle school and high school age students in Houston independent school district (HISD), Harmony Public Schools and all Galveston county school districts. 

“Through these grants we have the opportunity to serve thousands of youth in helping to set a strong foundation for the rest of their lives,” said Julie Crowe, DePelchin Children's Center's Manager of Prevention Services. “The school programs also provide elements of community service opportunities like the Teen Tobacco Summit every summer where we have the privilege to watch these kids go from participants of these programs to leaders in their schools.”

DePelchin was formerly serving only three districts in Galveston County and through this new grant has now expanded to all the school districts in Galveston. Programs in Galveston for high school youth will be titled “Project Toward No Drugs” and grades 4th to 8th will be titled “Too Good for drugs.”  In HISD the program called “ALLSTARS” will focus on older elementary and middle school aged youth. At Harmony Public Schools the program for ages 12-18 will be called “Positive Action.”

About DePelchin Children’s Center
DePelchin Children’s Center is committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas. Through its clinical expertise and special brand of caring, DePelchin turns lives around, providing a full continuum of care including psychiatric services, counseling, residential treatment, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.


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