The Falmouth Prevention Partnership has received a five-year Drug Free Communities Support Grant from the federal government in the amount $650,000. The purpose of the grant is to help mobilize the Falmouth community to address substance abuse prevention for youth. The grant award is for the period 09/30/2008 through 09/30/2013 and is renewable for an additional five years.
Funds can be used for support staff, communications, training and community assessment. Importantly, the funds cannot be used to support direct services, such as counseling and treatment.
By developing our skills and increasing collaboration within Falmouth, our efforts will have a lasting impact on the community. Although funds cannot be used for direct service (which is much needed in Falmouth), the partnership should enhance our ability to seek additional funds to support the community.
Drug Free Communities Program
Originally funded by Congress in 1997 with the understanding that local problems need local solutions, the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program supports over 700 drug-free community coalitions across the United States. DFC provides the funding necessary for communities to identify and respond to local substance use problems.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy directs the Drug Free Communities Support Program in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The DFC program provides grants of up to $125,000 (per year) to community coalitions that mobilize their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse.
In a 2009 DFC Status Report, the White House reported that the “past 30-day use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana was lower for high school youth in DFC-funded communities.” Tobacco use dropped 16%, marijuana use dropped 10%, and alcohol use dropped 8%.
Four Core Measures and 12 Sectors
All organizations that receive DFC grants are required to focus on and collect data on four core measures related to substance abuse including 30-day use, age of onset, perception of risk/harm of drug use, and perception of parental disapproval of drug use. DFC grantees are required to report this information every two years in three grades (6th-12th) on three substances (alcohol, tobacco and marijuana).
DFC grants also require that community coalitions include 12 sectors of the community, including:
- Youth-Serving Organizations
- Law Enforcement
- Religious/Fraternal Organizations
- Civic/Volunteer Groups
- Healthcare Professionals
- Other Substance Abuse Organizations