Federal funds announced for youth substance abuse prevention

Federal funds announced for youth substance abuse prevention

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) officials said nearly $25 million in federal funds has been earmarked for community coalitions focused on preventing youth substance use.

ONDCP Director Jim Carroll said the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), begins this year’s process of awarding funds. The effort would allow 200 new communities to receive direct financial help to prevent illicit drug use and save lives.

Daily management of the DFC and Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Local Drug Crisis (CARA) programs will transition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The DFC Program is a $101 million grant program seeking to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of coalitions working to prevent youth substance use.

“Educating our youth about the dangers of substance use is critical to preventing and ending the crisis of addiction in America,” Carroll said. “ONDCP’s Drug-Free Communities are proven, effective programs that reduce youth substance use rates in local areas across the country.”

Carroll said the Trump administration remains committed to supporting those on the front lines who dedicate themselves to creating safe and healthy communities for the next generation.

“Local communities are at the forefront in the fight to prevent youth substance use, and CDC is committed to strengthening their capacity to develop innovative, community-based programs that save lives,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield said. “We are proud to bring CDC’s expertise and support to communities across the country.”