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Study find teens and young adults can benefit greatly from attending AA meetings

According to an article on The Partnership at by Celia Vimont, "At the recent National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers meeting, Dr. John Kelly, PhD, (Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Massachusetts General Hospital) presented research he conducted with 300 young adults, ages 18 to 24, which looked at participation and involvement in 12-step programs following inpatient substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. He found high rates of attendance and involvement—speaking up at meetings—was correlated with even more days of abstinence. The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found the effect of attendance diminished over time, but the effect of involvement increased. The study also found having contact with group members outside of meetings also benefited young adults."

The study found that "Only two percent of AA and NA members are under age 20, and 13 percent are under age 30." According to Dr. Kelly: “Young people are a minority in these groups, so they may find it more difficult initially to identify with members who are older and have different challenges, such as children, elderly parents and job loss.”

If you have a program that offers Addiction Treatment services and programs to youth, now would be the time to market your services to potential grant funders. If you're ready to get a proposal started, call us today - we can help! Call 865.249.6311.

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Obama: "Time to Bring Mental Illness Out of the Shadows"

At the National Conference on Mental Health, sponsored by the White House, Obama spoke about the stigma associated with mental illness, and said it was time to bring mental illness “out of the shadows.” 

According to The Partnership at, "The White House has focused on mental illness after a string of mass shootings last year generated interest in improving the country’s mental health services, The Washington Post reports.

In a speech delivered at the conference, Obama said most suicides each year involve someone with a mental health or substance abuse disorder. “And in some cases, when a condition goes untreated, it can lead to tragedy on a larger scale,” he added. “Too many Americans who struggle with mental health illnesses are still suffering in silence, rather than seeking help,” Obama said. “And we need to see [to] it that men and women who would never hesitate to go see a doctor if they had a broken arm or came down with the flu, that they have that same attitude when it comes to their mental health.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are required to cover mental health services as an essential health benefit. This means all insurance plans must cover these services, and pay for them at the same rate that they pay for medical and surgical services.

Several new projects were unveiled in conjunction with the conference, the article notes. These include youth-oriented public services announcements on MTV, a media campaign aimed at veterans, and information about mental health services posted on video gamer online message boards."

There are numerous grants available to organizations that provide services to those who are in need of mental health services. If you are interested in furthering your program, and you require grant funding, please email for additional information on grant proposal writing services, or call Travis Belcher directly for a quote: 865.249.6311.

Study finds Employees Who Smoke Cost Companies Almost $6,000 More Annually!

According to an article on The Partnership at, "Employees Who Smoke Cost Companies Almost $6,000 More Annually: Study"

Per the study: "Employers pay almost $6,000 more annually for workers who smoke, compared with their nonsmoking colleagues, a new study finds.

The savings occur even after taking into account those smokers who die earlier, and thus collect fewer pension dollars, NBC News reports.

Researchers at Ohio State University evaluated studies on the health care costs of smokers. They looked at how much extra employers paid for smokers’ health care, as well as lost productivity from taking sick days and smoking breaks. They report in Tobacco Control the average annual excess cost to employ a smoker is $5,816. 'It is important to remember that the costs imposed by tobacco use are not simply financial costs,' the researchers wrote. 'It is not possible to put a price on the lost lives and the human suffering caused by smoking. The desire to help one’s employees lead healthier and longer lives should provide an additional impetus for employers to work towards eliminating tobacco from the workplace.'

A growing number of employers are requiring tobacco users to pay more for their health insurance if they do not participate in a smoking cessation program, a national survey recently found. Some employers are refusing to hire smokers."

If your organization offers a program to assist with smoking cessation, this is the perfect time to market it to companies and seek corporate sponsorships or grant funding. Conduct a search in your area to find out what companies are attempting to lower the rate of employees who smoke, and offer them your services!

Gov't Admits Drug Control Goals Not Met

Program Delivery ServicesIt appears that in spite of the numerous programs the government has put into place, they have not made progress on most of their drug control goals:   

"The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found the federal government has not made progress on most goals for reducing drug use, which were outlined in the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy, UPI reports.

The strategy included seven goals, including reducing drug use among 12- to 17-year-olds by 15 percent. There has been no progress on this goal, primarily because of an increase in teens’ use of marijuana, GAO reported. Teens have decreased their use of other drugs, the report noted. The GAO noted programs designed to prevent and treat drug abuse are spread over 15 federal agencies, some of which provide overlapping services.

“These programs could provide or fund one or more drug abuse prevention or treatment service that at least one other program could also provide or fund, either to similar population groups or to reach similar program goals,” the report stated. “Such fragmentation and overlap may result in inefficient use of resources among programs providing similar services.”

Many prevention and treatment programs that GAO surveyed did not report coordination efforts, according to the report. The office noted 40 percent of surveyed programs said there was no coordination with other federal agencies on drug abuse prevention or treatment activities. The Office of National Drug Control Policy has said it will work with agencies administering federal programs that provide drug abuse prevention and treatment activities to enhance coordination, according to the article."

The good news? In spite of the fragmentation of services and the fact that 
their use of marijuana has increased, according to the report, teens have actually decreased their use of other drugs.

What is your organization doing to coordinate multiple community services in your area? How can you work together to prevent program fragmentation and enhance the distribution of services and programs to the teens in your community?

Grants for Early Childhood Programs

childhoodgrantsNeed a grant for your out-of-school-time program?

Funding for early childhood programs has become a hot topic at virtually all levels of government.

And, even though there's considerable uncertainty over what November's elections will mean in terms of the 2013 federal budget, most -- if not all -- government agencies will still offer funding for a wide range of early childhood-related programs. Additionally, many excellent funding opportunities are being made available by private and corporate sources.

But with the competition for funding growing tighter, officials say it's the more-informed grantseekers who are likely to have an edge.

That's why we encourage you to seek assistance from a reputable company, when obtaining help for your grant writing needs. We at Grant Writing & Nonprofit Services can help you! Email or call Travis Belcher to find out about our grant writing and funding research services: 865.249.6311.

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