FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ariel Lovett
DATE, August 31, 2011 530-320-9284
White House Drug Policy Director Awards $88.2 Million to Local
Communities to Prevent Youth Substance Use
(Washington, D.C.) – Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), today announced $12.3 million in new Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) grants to 87 communities and 20 new DFC Mentoring grants across the country. Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County in Grass Valley, California, was one of the grant recipients, and will receive $625,000 over 5 years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
“Efforts to keep our youth drug free are critical to healthy and safe communities here in Nevada County, said Ariel Lovett, Interim Director for the Coalition. “The Drug Free Communities program recognizes the great potential of Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County to help save lives of youth. This new funding will allow Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County to mobilize and organize our community to prevent and reduce youth substance use.”
ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske said, “Data show that community efforts to reduce youth substance use through the DFC program are effective. I commend coalitions like Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County, who work tirelessly to prevent and reduce youth drug use across the Nation.”
“Action at the community level and kitchen tables drives rates of substance abuse down,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. “SAMHSA is pleased to join the Office of National Drug Control Policy in supporting coalitions like Coalition for Drug Free Nevada County that are bringing citizens together to create healthy and drug-free environments for children
The Drug Free Communities program is directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The DFC program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, the media, and others working together at the local level.
Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County was one of 87 new grantees selected from 452 applicants through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. To qualify for matching grants, all awardees must have at least a six-month history of working together on substance abuse reduction initiatives, have representation from 12 specific sectors of the community, develop a long-term plan to reduce substance abuse, and participate in the national evaluation of the DFC program.
Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County will specifically work to address reducing youth access and use of marijuana, prescription drugs, and alcohol.
The DFC program was created by the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997, and was reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006. Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded nearly 2,000 Drug Free Communities grants to local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,