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Malka Berro

Behavioral Health Policy and Practice Intern

ONDCP Announces $89 Million in Awards for Drug-Free Communities

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Last week, the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced the award of $89 million to the Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC). This award will support 719 community-based drug-prevention coalitions, making it the largest number of single-year grant awardees since the program’s founding in 1997.



The DFC program is directed by the ONDCP in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For the last 20 years, it has worked to support communities in their efforts to prevent and reduce local youth substance use. Following their motto “local problems need local solutions,” DFC involves local community partners in creating actionable steps and solutions to curb drug use across the country. The program has been successful at developing and implementing a myriad of solutions. In 2016, all DFCs saw significant drops in their local youth use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, as well as misuse of prescription drugs.

 In this recent announcement, the ONDCP is awarding $12.6 million to new DFCs, and $76.7 million to continuing programs. The new grants include six DFC mentoring grants, which will go to current DFCs in aiding new coalitions to apply for future DFC funding. To read a full list of all grant awardees, please click here for new award recipients, and here for continued programs.