The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Communities Support Program recently awarded 10 Maine organizations $914,156 to prevent youth substance misuse and foster drug-free communities.
The program provides grants to community coalitions that create or maintain a reduction in youth substance use.
Funding will be distributed 10 ways: Cumberland County will receive $29,115; Aroostook County Action Program, $36,223; Medical Care Development, $57,138; Mid Coast Hospital, $70,845; Sebasticook Valley Hospital, $80,845; the University of New England, $95,000;
Presque Isle, $125,000; Brunswick, $125,000; Augusta, $125,000; and Windham, $169,990.
“The work of Drug Free Aroostook over the past five years has shown tremendous progress in reducing alcohol abuse among adolescence in Aroostook County,” Meg Hegemann, Aroostook County Action Program prevention services program manager, said. “We are absolutely thrilled to continue this work for the next five years as its importance has only escalated due to the pandemic. Helping young people find healthy ways to manage difficult situations is critical at this time. This federal funding allows us to create pathways and strategies to serve our local youth. The 15 organizations serving this countywide collation understand that it is not enough to just say no, but that this federal funding will allow us to create pathways and strategies to serve our local youth. Working as a countywide collation, we are making these healthier options available.”