WHEN: DFCC Awarded $625K Grant to Prevent Youth Substance Use in WebsterThe White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently announced an additional round of 42 new grants for its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, bringing the number of total grants to more than 700 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. Among the 42 additional recipients is the Webster Health & Education Network: a Drug Free Community Coalition (WHEN: DFCC), one of only two second round grant recipients in New York State. The 42 additional grants announced in December 2019, combined with the 150 new grants announced in October 2019, represent a total Federal investment of approximately $24 million to new community coalitions alone in FY 2019.
WHEN:DFCC will receive $625,000 over the next five years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage its local community to prevent substance use among youth. WHEN:DFCC was established as the Webster Health and Education Network (WHEN) in 1995 by members of the Webster community and the Webster Central School District to link individuals and community groups in the promotion of healthy behaviors through awareness, education, and action. In 2016, WHEN established itself as a Drug Free Community Coalition, and joined Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America as WHEN:DFCC.
“WHEN:DFCC strives to reduce early drug and alcohol exposure, promote awareness regarding risk and protective factors, and strengthen collaboration among community groups,” said WHEN: DFCC President Janine Sanger. “We are incredibly grateful for this grant and will use the funding to continue helping Webster’s youth make healthy choices about substance use.”
In June, ONDCP released the 2018 Executive Summary and End-of-Year Report for its DFC grant recipients, which demonstrate the DFCs are effective in reducing youth substance use rates in their communities.
Background on the Drug-Free Communities Support Program
The Drug-Free Communities (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), 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.
The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate youth and adult participation at the community level in local youth drug use prevention efforts.
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 drug problems. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, law enforcement, and media. By involving the community in a solution-oriented approach, DFC also helps those youth at risk for substance use recognize that the majority of our nation’s youth choose not to use drugs.
For more information on WHEN: DFCC, please visit whencoalition.com, facebook.com/WHEN, or twitter.com/whendfcc.
SOURCE: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy | WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP | @ONDCP