Community Grant Initiative
Community collaborations are valued and important to Treatment Assessment Screening Center (TASC). Throughout the year, staff volunteer their time and resources to support activities that benefit partners and the people and families they serve. Now, TASC is proudly expanding its community outreach with the launch of its new Community Grant Initiative.
The TASC Community Grant Initiative awards grants to nonprofit organizations working in the field of substance abuse and serving Arizona families. This innovative approach develops collaborations with organizations that have the program infrastructure and personnel experience in place so that grant funds are utilized effectively and efficiently while avoiding duplication of effort. The Community Grant Initiative supports TASC’s mission to provide “behavioral health services, substance abuse treatment, education and supportive services.”
TASC’s Community Grant Initiative Committee is responsible for overseeing the initiative. Based on substance use trends, research, and feedback from local and national leaders, the Committee is currently focusing its grants on substance abuse prevention and early intervention.
Drug and alcohol use start at an early age in Arizona. 13 years is the average age of first time drug use according to the Arizona Youth Survey. Drug use at such a young age places our children at great risk for addiction and mental health issues because their bodies and brains are still developing. The prefrontal cortex of the brain responsible for judgment is not fully developed until our mid-20s. According to the Treatment Research Institute’s “Paving the Way to Change” report:
- Youth are 5 times more likely to develop a substance use disorder compared to adults. This disease can (and frequently does) follow them for life.
- More than 90% of adults suffering from addiction developed the problem between the ages of 12-20 years.
More information about TASC’s Community Grant Initiative is provided below.
For additional information please contact Leslie Bloom at TASC.
Front Row, Left to Right:
Ilene Dode, PhD
CEO Emeritus, Empact
Maricopa County Community College District
Back Row, Left to Right:
Leslie Mihata Bloom
Director, TASC Community Grant Initiative
Business & Public Issues Consulting
Chair, Arizona Board of Executive Clemency