U.S Rep. John Katko (R-NY) announced Tuesday that the Onondaga Council on Alcoholism & Addictions, Inc., would receive more than $133,500 in federal funding to combat youth substance abuse.
The funds are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program that provides funding to community-based organizations that work to address youth substance use.
This new grant will provide the Onondaga Council with the necessary funds to offer youth substance abuse prevention programming for the next five years.
“According to the CDC, between June 2019 and May 2020, 81,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, the highest number ever recorded in a 12-month period,” Katko said. “Now more than ever, we must work to prevent addiction and ensure those with substance use disorders receive the treatment and support needed to recover. That’s why today, I’m pleased to announce Onondaga Council on Alcoholism & Addictions will receive $133,000 in federal funds to address youth substance use in Central New York. These funds will provide the center with the necessary resources to continue offering prevention programming for the next five years.”
The Onondaga Council has provided similar services for the past five years, the organization said.
“I am so proud of the incredible work that the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (YSAP) coalition has done over the past 5 years,” said Beth Hurny, Executive Director Onondaga Council on Alcoholism & Addictions, Inc. “Community members rallied together in support of, advocacy for, and uncompromising dedication to address youth substance use in the city of Syracuse. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed. I am proud to announce that YSAP has been awarded federal funding by the CDC for another 5 years. This is an incredible recognition of the passion and dedication the Syracuse community has for protecting our youth.”