WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 8, 2015) — Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 680 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $84 million, to communities across the country.
The grants will provide local communities funding to prevent youth substance use and support the Administration’s National Drug Control Strategy, which treats our Nation’s drug problem through a balanced public health and safety approach. Partnership for Change (PFC), a local coalition sponsored by North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, MN, was one of the grant recipients and will receive $625,000 over five years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.
“President Obama designated October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month because we know the best way to reduce youth drug use is to stop it from ever beginning,” said Acting Director Botticelli. “Today, I congratulate prevention advocates for their continuing hard work and dedication to young people many of whom are struggling with peer pressure and other challenges in today’s society.”
“Community members are committed to working to reduce alcohol and drug use among our youth and young adults here in Northwest Hennepin County,” said Teresa Lunt, Community Chair for Partnership for Change. “Research shows that prevention is the most effective tool we have to reduce the terrible consequences associated with alcohol and drug use. This new funding will allow the Partnership for Change coalition to continue our efforts in Northwest Hennepin County. We aim to see our young people on a path toward success and enable them to live healthier and safer lives. We are excited to continue our work.”
“Drug-free coalitions across the nation are mobilizing to mount effective, coordinated prevention programs against substance use, especially among youth,” said Pamela S. Hyde, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “SAMHSA is honored to partner with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in building these critically important community coalitions.”
PFC is comprised of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, and media. PFC will specifically work toward increasing community collaboration and to reduce youth substance abuse. The coalition plans to increase the number of partners who are actively collaborating toward coalition goals, strengthen coalition member capacity to address marijuana and medicine abuse prevention, and expand youth participation in coalition activities.
For more information about Partnership for Change, please visit www.partnership4change.org.
For more information about the Administration efforts to reduce drug use and its consequences, or to learn more about the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/drugpolicyreform>ndcp
The Office of National Drug Control Policy seeks to foster healthy individuals and safe communities by effectively leading the Nation’s effort to reduce drug use and its consequences.