Newaygo County -The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently announced new grants for its Drug Free Communities Support Program. The DFC program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.
The Headway Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition serving Newaygo County, was one of the grant recipients and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth. The Newaygo County RESA serves as the fiduciary for the Headway Coalition.
“It is with great humility and gratitude that I would like to thank our Coalition leaders for their dedication to making Newaygo County a drug-free community. The Headway Coalition’s continued ability to attract state and federal funding for prevention efforts reveals the high level of collaboration and an endless commitment to our kids” said Rachel Uganski, the Project Coordinator for Drug Free Communities at the Newaygo County RESA.
The Headway Coalition plans to focus their DFC funding on environmental change strategies that prioritize vaping (nicotine) and prescription drug misuse prevention in 2020.