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Local nonprofit receives $5.5M in federal grants

A local nonprofit organization will receive about $5.5 million in federal grants to provide effective treatment and prevention services in the areas of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and treatment for children, adolescents and families that have gone through traumatic events.

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar announced Monday the grants awarded to Serving Children and Adults in Need, otherwise known as SCAN.


“SCAN continues its tremendous service to our community by providing prevention services for at-risk populations and treatment for those who are currently battling substance abuse,” Cuellar said.

“I believe in SCAN’s mission to give every person a chance to take control of their lives and become a productive member of society.

“Through the great leadership and hard work of everyone at SCAN, we have seen great results in Webb County.

Today’s funds are an investment in the well-being of our citizens and gives hope for so many families in our community.”

The grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are broken up into four projects.

The first grant will implement the Mujeres Sanas en la Frontera Program, which will provide specialized mental health services and substance abuse treatment for women and their partners who are living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

“Mujeres sanas en la frontera” translates to “healthy women on the border.”

The second grant will fund the Futuros Con Promesa, or Futures with Promise, Program.

This program will focus on providing substance abuse and HIV prevention strategies to at-risk youth and young adults 13 to 24 years of age.

“The third grant will allow SCAN to implement its technology assisted border expansion and enhancement project to expand and enhance substance abuse treatment services for adolescents who live in rural and underserved areas of Webb County through the use of web-based services such tablets and smart phones, and behavioral health electronic applications that will allow SCAN to recruit clients in remote areas, communicate with them and other clients, and track and manage their health to ensure that services are available where and when clients need them,” a news release from Cuellar’s office states.

The last grant will reestablish the Border Traumatic Stress Response Center. This will increase access to effective treatment for children, adolescents and their families who experience traumatic events.

“These grants will fill important services gaps in Webb County,” said Luis E. Flores, executive vice president of SCAN.

“For instance, SCAN will be able to provide therapy for children and teens who have experienced all types of traumatic events and help caregivers support their healing.

The funding will also allow SCAN to continue providing comprehensive substance abuse and mental health services for adult women who are at risk of contracting HIV and viral hepatitis.

“Another project that is new to SCAN will help retain in treatment those clients struggling with substance use who lack transportation or live in remote areas of Webb County by allowing them to receive their counseling through their smart phones or tablets.

Lastly, we will also be able to ensure that young men and women who are at risk of using substances or contracting HIV are able to detect their serostatus, develop the skills to prevent contracting HIV and developing problems with addiction. We are very excited about these four projects.”