We are very excited about this new opportunity to advance our work  in making Northeast Iowa a healthier and safer place. Here is a little background about the work that has been done in our communities and what we are looking forward too!

For over twenty years, Helping Services received the Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention Grant through the Iowa Department of Public Health. This grant has covered Allamakee, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties. Strategies were implemented to best fit the ever changing needs of each county including alcohol retailer training’s, school programming, community and business presentations and community coalitions. Visit helpingservices.org/about/substance-abuse-prevention for more information.

In January, the grant restructured. The Iowa Department of Public Health created an Integrated Provider Network to provide substance use disorder, problem gambling, and prevention under one program. Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health had previously received the substance use treatment grant. With all of these services under one grant, we have partnered together for a strong application. Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health submitted the application and was awarded the funds. Helping Services will continue to provide the prevention piece of these services.

We are currently gathering more information about our corner of the state to best provide services to all of our local communities. Problem gambling prevention is new to us and we are ready to take it on! The counties served under this grant have changed slightly with the restructuring. We will provide substance abuse and problem gambling prevention services to Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. We are looking forward to building relationships in Clayton County starting with the 5C Coalition.

As we grow our work we are looking for someone who is positive, motivated, organized and passionate about healthier, safer families and communities. If this sounds like you, visit www.helpingservices.org/careers to view current openings or contact prevention@helpingservices.org to find out how you can volunteer in your community.

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