A Cape Girardeau coalition that has a goal of forbiding youth substance abuse and to promote healthy lifestyles is getting some epic funding from the federal government. EPIC, which stands for Early Prevention Impacts Communities, recently confirmed that the organization has been awarded two grants that are worth over $1.4 million, which will assist the organization in continuing their current programs and provide more community resources. These grants are from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which works to cut down on the impact of both mental illness and substance abuse in communities around the nation. The funding comes with a five-year Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) grant worth $1,250,000 and a Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act) grant that is worth $200,000. Both of these grants will be paid over the next four years. Officials say these grants will assist EPIC in expanding their current efforts to preclude youth substance abuse in Cape Girardeau County by working closely with their community to build a healthy and safe community with an emphasis on precluding underage drinking and methamphetamine usage. In addition, funding from the SAMHSA grants is letting EPIC increase their current staff from three to nine employees. This includes full- and part-time staff members and contract workers. Additional information about EPIC is available online at epicprevention.org or by calling Wood at the EPIC offices, (573) 587-1921.