WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities Program awarded 15 grants totaling $1,823,461to Westchester and Rockland community coalitions that prevent and reduce youth substance abuse.
Three Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants totaling $375,000 were new, 11 DFC grants totaling $1,373,461 were continuations and one new DFC-Mentoring (DFC-M) grant of $75,000 was awarded.
The Dobbs Ferry Youth Services Council and Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals) have each been awarded a new $125,000 DFC grant that will be used to implement coalition meetings, a new grantees meeting, a Coalition Academy, quarterly trainings, a website and a social media campaign, among other program updates.
Suffern United Coalition Against Substance Abuse (SUCASA) has been awarded a new $125,000 DFC grant to conduct compliance checks as well as training and education.
The South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse (SOCASA) has been awarded a new $75,000 DFC-M grant to train and mentor the Prevention Education for East Ramapo (PEER) Coalition.
“Substance abuse can have disastrous effects on individuals, families, and entire communities,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee. “I’m pleased these grants will help stem youth substance abuse in the Lower Hudson Valley using a proven method: enabling local coalitions to solve local problems. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to protect investments that keep communities safe and secure.”
DFC continuation awardees include:
- Alliance for Safe Kids, Inc. in Yorktown Heights: $125,000
- Blind Brook Community Coalition: $125,000
- Cortlandt Community Coalition: $125,000
- Croton Community Coalition: $125,000
- Irvington Community Advisory Board: $125,000
- Mount Kisco Drug & Alcohol Prevention Council: $125,000
- Our Community Against Drug Abuse (OCADA, Inc.) in Blauvelt: $123,461
- Peekskill Agencies Together (P.A.T.): $125,000
- Port Chester Cares Community Coalition: $125,000
- South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse in West Nyack: $125,000
- Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth: $125,000
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