Congressman Panetta Announces $50,000 in Federal Funding for Sun Street Centers Addiction Recovery and Prevention Services

February 1, 2021
Press Release

Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) announced that Sun Street Centers will receive a $49,417 federal grant to support its education and addiction treatment services.  Located in Salinas, Sun Street Centers provides comprehensive services for education, prevention, and recovery services for alcohol addiction and substance misuse.

“During this bruising pandemic, we’ve unfortunately seen the increased challenges that some in our community face as they battle addiction,” said Congressman Panetta.  “As a member of the Congressional Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, I'm proud to announce this federal funding for Sun Street Centers that will support their critical work.  It takes all levels of government to help ensure that those in our community can access the services that they need to get on and stay on the road to recovery. "  

“Substance abuse prevention has never been more critical than today. The effect of COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders have left students frustrated and vulnerable. Unfortunately, many have turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with their confusion. The rise of overdoses among young people in Monterey County is one sad indicator of this. The Sun Street Centers’ PARTS Coalition has embraced Telehealth as an opportunity to bring volunteers, parents, students, and agencies together across the county to come up with strategies to support students and parents during these unprecedented times. This STOP grant for $49,417.00 shows that the federal government recognizes the needs of students to find outlets, besides abusing alcohol and other drugs, to address the unexpected mental health issues in families created by the education, employment, and health crisis we are all living through. The PARTS Coalition will use these funds to directly impact as many families as possible in Monterey County,” said Anna Foglia, CEO of Sun Street Centers.