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Drug-Free Communities Support Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2001, $99,932)

The Council on Substance Abuse is the fiscal agent for The ACATA-Montgomery Community Support Coalition. This coalition serves Montgomery County, Alabama, a predominantly urban area with a population of 201,568 of which 48.8% is African-American. The goals of the program are to: 1) expand and strengthen collaboration in the local community as well as on a state and federal level; 2) reduce duplication of services and enhance community collaboration; 3) reduce substance abuse among youth and adults by addressing the factors in the community that serve to increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk; and 4) reduce youth substance abuse by expanding and enhancing the Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD drug prevention programs. To achieve these goals, the coalition will implement the following strategies:
1) recruit city, county and state representatives for coalition participation; 2) recruit community/church groups/service providers for coalition participation;
3) develop age appropriate brochures and other advertisement methods;
4) distribute materials to youth and adults;
5) sponsor OxyContin, Ecstasy, and GHB workshops during the annual statewide youth conference;
6) hold a community forum in each district in the City of Montgomery and each public housing community to address the availability of alcohol and other drugs;
7) develop press materials to increase public awareness and publicity of community forums; and
8) expand and enhance the existing prevention programs for elementary, middle, and high school students in publicly-funded housing communities to decrease intent to use drugs.

Date Created: June 9, 2002