Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grants

To increase the capacity of community coalitions to reduce substance abuse, and over time, to reduce substance abuse among adults through strengthening collaboration among communities, public, and private entities.

To disseminate state-of-the-art information on practices and initiatives that have

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proven to be effective in reducing substance abuse among youth.
Examples of Funded Projects

The Albuquerque Partnership Albuquerque, NM - The Albuquerque Partnership serves Albuquerque, NM, with a focus on South Valley, the Central Avenue Corridor, and Southeast Heights.

The target areas are urban, more than 60 percent Hispanic, and have a population of approximately 200,000.

In its most recent grant year, the coalition continued to implement its program goals and objectives by instituting summer programs at Emmanuel and Macedonia Churches; continuing successful work with the Albuquerque Police Department, the district attorneys office, and the citys Community Enforcement and Abatement Team on a weekly basis with identification of hotspots and nuisance abatement; completing the education report, including recommendations from the community on corrective action schools; implementing the Summer Cruising program; implementing two new faith-based strategies; and encouraging neighborhoods to submit hotspot sheets on nuisance properties.

Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii Honolulu, HI Drug-Free Hawaii is the fiscal agent for the Ewa Beach Community Coalition (EBCC).

The coalition serves Ewa Beach, HI, a rural community.

In its last grant year, the coalition continued to implement its program goals and objectives by convening, coordinating, and sustaining EBCC to address substance abuse in the community; and providing optimal opportunities for youth, parents, school personnel, and community members to become actively involved in implementing effective prevention strategies.

The coalition created a network of support services for youth and their families in the Ewa Beach community; assessed the needs of the community, pooled resources to create opportunities to fill these needs, and created working, mutually beneficial partnerships to support a drug-free community; subcontracted related prevention services from the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii and the Kalihi YMCA and provided family strengthening workshops through the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

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