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$1.8M Awarded To Lower Hudson Valley To Fight Youth Substance Abuse

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey announced 15 grants totaling $1.8 million were awarded to Westchester and Rockland community coalitions that prevent and reduce youth substance abuse.
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey announced 15 grants totaling $1.8 million were awarded to Westchester and Rockland community coalitions that prevent and reduce youth substance abuse. Photo Credit: File Photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Drug-Free Communities Program awarded 15 grants totaling $1,823,461to Westchester and Rockland community coalitions that prevent and reduce youth substance abuse.

Three Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants totaling $375,000 were new, 11 DFC grants totaling $1,373,461 were continuations and one new DFC-Mentoring (DFC-M) grant of $75,000 was awarded.

The Dobbs Ferry Youth Services Council and Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals) have each been awarded a new $125,000 DFC grant that will be used to implement coalition meetings, a new grantees meeting, a Coalition Academy, quarterly trainings, a website and a social media campaign, among other program updates.

Suffern United Coalition Against Substance Abuse (SUCASA) has been awarded a new $125,000 DFC grant to conduct compliance checks as well as training and education.

The South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse (SOCASA) has been awarded a new $75,000 DFC-M grant to train and mentor the Prevention Education for East Ramapo (PEER) Coalition.

“Substance abuse can have disastrous effects on individuals, families, and entire communities,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee. “I’m pleased these grants will help stem youth substance abuse in the Lower Hudson Valley using a proven method: enabling local coalitions to solve local problems. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to protect investments that keep communities safe and secure.”

DFC continuation awardees include:

  • Alliance for Safe Kids, Inc. in Yorktown Heights: $125,000
  • Blind Brook Community Coalition: $125,000
  • Cortlandt Community Coalition: $125,000
  • Croton Community Coalition: $125,000
  • Irvington Community Advisory Board: $125,000
  • Mount Kisco Drug & Alcohol Prevention Council: $125,000
  • Our Community Against Drug Abuse (OCADA, Inc.) in Blauvelt: $123,461
  • Peekskill Agencies Together (P.A.T.): $125,000
  • Port Chester Cares Community Coalition: $125,000
  • South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse in West Nyack: $125,000
  • Westchester Coalition for Drug and Alcohol Free Youth: $125,000

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