White House Drug Policy Awards $625,000 to LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth
Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 719 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants totaling $89 million. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol. LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth was the only grant recipient in South Carolina and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds over a five year period, from 2017-2022, receiving $125,000 each year. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry will serve as the fiscal agent.
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local drug problems. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth/youth serving organizations, schools, faith-based and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, government, law enforcement, and media.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. The DFC Program is directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).