The Drug Free Communities Support Program is nationally recognized for its success in achieving reduced drug use and misuses in communities throughout the country to levels lower than the national average. Administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, this program was created under the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 to support and efficiently implement the Nation’s drug policy efforts. Recipients of the Grant are awarded $125,000 for up to 10 years to address youth-specific substance use challenges in their respective regions. The DFC is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use by provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.
As the single recipient of the highly competitive DFC Grant across the entire state of Virginia in 2019, CVARR is entrusted with the responsibility of dealing with emerging drug trends in our region, such as methamphetamine, prescription drug misuse and synthetic drug use, by capitalizing on our organized infrastructure, data-driven interventions, and comprehensive, multi-sector approach to community-driven problem solving. As a nationally recognized and federally funded community coalition, CVARR is confident in the pursuit of our mission and ready to rise to the challenge of this coming years’ goals and objectives for prevention, treatment and recovery.
Core measure findings from the 2018 National Evaluation End-of-the-Year Report found that substance use/misuse declined significantly for youth living in DFC-funded communities since the inception of the grant in 2017. More youth reported past 30 day non-use, and thousands of additional youth made the choice not to use a given substance. Yearly, data is collected to evaluate program success and substance use trends among our youth involving tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and marijuana consumption.
For more information on the profound success of the Federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, please visit TheWhiteHouse.Gov or the 2019 DFC Support Program National Evaluation: End-of-the-Year Report and Executive Summary.