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Communities Joining Together To Prevent Teen Substance Abuse

Meeting on June 27

On June 27, 1997, The Drug Free Communities Act became law.

This act offers grants that provide critical support for increasing citizen participation in efforts to reduce substance use among youth, and it provides community coalitions with much-needed funds to carry out their important missions of preventing substance abuse among teens.

The program aims to help communities at the grassroots level who know best how to deal with drug problems and get the help they need to keep local youth from using drugs and alcohol.

The Drug Free Communities Act provides grants of up to $125,000 per year for five years to community coalitions that organize their communities in putting a stop to teen substance abuse.

Two local groups, the Skamania Klickitat Community Network and Community Mobilization Against Substance Abuse in Klickitat County are working together to begin the process of applying for a Drug Free Community Grant.

Having an active, supportive and engaged community is the most important part of the program. The grants support coalitions of youth; parents; media; businesses; law enforcement; school officials; faith-based organizations; fraternal organizations; state, local, and tribal government agencies; media; healthcare professionals; and other community representatives.

The Drug Free Communities Support Program enables coalitions to strengthen their coordination and prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in substance abuse reduction efforts, and distribute information about effective programs

If you are interested in seeing this effort at becoming a Drug Free Community succeed, you are invited to attend the Network's annual retreat on June 26 to learn more about how to help.

Deb Dandroff of Educational Service District 112 will be leading a discussion on the steps involved in obtaining these grants. She recently aided Pacific County in successfully obtaining a Drug Free Community grant.

The retreat will be held at the Public Utility District Building in Carson from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

The retreat is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided by the Network.

For information contact Johanna Roe, network coordinator, at (866) 631-1997 or rls@gorge.net, or Pam Wright, prevention specialist with Klickitat County, at 493-1927 or PamW@co.klickitat.wa.us

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