White House Drug Policy Office Awards $89 Million to Largest-Ever Number of Local Coalitions to Prevent Youth Substance Use

September 22, 2017

Drug-Free Communities Support Program

 

ONDCP's Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program announced 719 DFC grant awards totaling $89 million for FY 2017.

 

The $89 million in DFC Support Program grants to 719 local drug prevention coalitions is the largest number of single-year grantees since the program's founding.

 

This announcement includes 99 new DFC grants, 614 continuation grants for coalitions already in a five-year cycle, 3 new DFC Mentoring (DFC-M) grants and 3 continuation DFC-M grants.

The DFC Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use.  Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

 

Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.  DFCs involve local communities in finding solutions and also helps youth at risk for substance use recognize the majority of our Nation’s youth choose not to use substances. 

 

The DFC Program is effective – since the program started, past 30-day misuse of prescription drugs and past 30-day use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana have significantly declined among all DFCs.

 

 

Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy 

 

 

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