The DFC program uses four core measures as indicators of community-level substance abuse. These include: past 30-day use, average age at onset, perception of risk and perception of parental disapproval. These measures are used to assess the extent to which DFC initiatives accomplish the goal of reducing substance abuse among youth by addressing associated risk and protective factors.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) directs the Drug-Free Communities Support Program in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This anti-drug program provides grants of up to $125,000 to community coalitions that mobilize their communities to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and inhalant abuse.
How Funding Helps
The grants support coalitions of youth; parents; media; law enforcement; school officials; faith-based organizations; fraternal organizations; state, local, and tribal government agencies; healthcare professionals; and other community representatives. The Drug-Free Communities Support Program enables the coalitions to strengthen their coordination and prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in substance abuse reduction efforts, and disseminate information about effective programs.
Groups receiving these funds are expected to work within their community to address local substance abuse problems. It is hoped that resident involvement in the program will increase and that community members will reach out to this valuable resource.