Since 2004, Healthy Androscoggin has been the recipient of the federal Drug-Free Communities Grant through the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The DFC grant program takes a comprehensive, multi-sector and data driven approach to prevent and reduce youth substance use/abuse in communities throughout the United States. The two main goals of the program are:
- Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth (18 years of age or younger).
- Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
Over the past 10 years, Healthy Androscoggin has been the lead agency for the federal Drug – Free Communities Grant. In those 10 years, Androscoggin County has made great gains in improving the health, safety, and well-being of the youth in our communities. With the support of Project Unite!, a community task force consisting of over 20 partners, Healthy Androscoggin has provided education, support, prevention, and intervention programs to our community.
Healthy Androscoggin is extremely grateful for all of the support and partnership from the community, schools, municipalities, and other organizations throughout this ten-year project. Without their assistance, Androscoggin County would not have had as much of a success in reducing and preventing youth substance use.
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