Chicago-area Foundation Picks Up Where Government Funding Leaves Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 23, 2012

Chicago-area Foundation Picks Up Where Government  Funding Leaves Off

The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations Support Teen Drug Prevention Programs to Support War on Drugs

(CHICAGO) Last week’s tragic death of Whitney Houston is a stark reminder that addiction is of epidemic proportions in the U.S. However, Federal and State funding for drug prevention programs are continually being slashed. Yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn gave his annual budget address and proposal for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1.  

According to Sara Howe, Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA), the proposed budget includes the elimination of all General Reserve Funds for addiction prevention programs - a total of $2.6 million dollars in 2013. This means a loss of prevention services for 34,593 youth across the state.

In an effort to help fill this need, the Cebrin Goodman Center, an affiliate of the Lillian and Larry and Goodman Foundations, has formed ongoing partnerships with local and national organizations whose expertise, vision, and passion uniquely position them to help young people develop the strengths to resist the formidable lure of drugs.

Established in 2005, the Cebrin Goodman Center is committed to the goal of helping young people fulfill their potential as happy, healthy contributing members of society. The often tragic consequences of drug use, abuse, and addiction are a powerful threat to the realization of that goal.

Lillian and Larry Goodman created The Cebrin Goodman Center in memory of their granddaughter Cebrin who lost her battle with drug addiction. The Goodman family wants to spare other families the pain of losing a loved one by educating teens, parents, and communities about substance abuse, its root causes, and other challenges facing teens today.

“We are not doing enough in this country support the war on drugs” said Foundation Chairman Larry Goodman. “Though I believe our programs influence and affect the lives of tens of thousands of teens, our Foundation can not be the sole support system for drug abuse prevention programs. The future of our country is at risk unless we stem the tide of substance abuse.”

Drug abuse prevention is not a “one size fits all” model. For this reason, the Foundation supports a wide variety of prevention activities and organizations including Operation Snowball, The Partnership at Drug Free.org, and programs in 25 Chicago-area high schools. Funds support alcohol education classes, student drug abuse prevention clubs, parent education programs, professional substance abuse counselors, youth at-risk programs, and others.

 “With heroin abuse by Illinois teens spreading like wild fire in the suburbs and downstate Illinois, nothing could be more foolish than cutting youth drug prevention in the middle of a crisis,” said Howe. “We appreciate the outstanding support provided by the Goodman Foundation. However, we realize we can’t solely rely on independent funders.”

 “If we can save one life, then it is worth everything we are doing” said Goodman.

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To schedule an interview or to learn more contact Susan Baum at sbaum@llgoodmanfdn.org or 847.674.1400 x223.

The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations are dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago, the United States and Israel, as well as improving the quality of life within the Chicago metropolitan area by supporting secular organizations that address hunger issues and promote the prevention of drug abuse. For more information visit www.llgoodmanfdn.org.

To learn more about Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association visit http://www.iadda.org/