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FY 2004 Continuation Drug Free Communities Support Program

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2001, $100,000)

Community Connections, Inc. is the fiscal agent for the Creating Opportunities for Youth Coalition. The coalition is located in Mercer County in southern West Virginia. The county has a mix of suburban and rural communities and a population of 62,980. The goals of the coalition are: 1) to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among Mercer youth; and, 2) to strengthen the already-established coalition in the community to prevent and reduce substance abuse in Mercer County. To achieve these goals, the coalition will implement the following strategies:
1) increase early identification of serious anxiety and depression problems;
2) assist with the teen court program;
3) increase the number of referrals into existing intervention and treatment programs;
4) increase community awareness of the problems associated with ATODA;
5) support school-based prevention programs;
6) increase the awareness of the potential harm of drug involvement; and,
7) enhance the current strategic plan to identify additional gaps in services, additional research based programs or interventions. CA/NCF

Date Created: May 27, 2002