The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced recently that the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) will receive one of the 60 community grants from the new Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC). CSAC, a coalition supported by the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement, will receive $125,000 each year for five years to prevent substance use among youth.

CHARLESTOWN SUBSTANCE ABUSE COALITION AWARDED FIVE-YEAR, $625,000 GRANT

09/Oct/2012

Contact: Susan Leahy, Communications Manager

(617) 643-5288  smleahy@partners.org

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced recently that the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) will receive one of the 60 community grants from the new Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC). CSAC, a coalition supported by the Mass General Center for Community Health Improvement, will receive $125,000 each year for five years to prevent substance use among youth. 

The DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. CSAC www.csac-chad.org is a community-based coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, professionals, and advocates who work together to reduce substance abuse in Charlestown.

“Efforts like our school-based prevention curriculum, our “Connect to Prevent” campaign and our Prescription Take Back Days to keep our youth drug-free are critical to a healthy and safe community here in Charlestown.” said Beth Rosenshein, Director of CSAC. “The Drug-Free Communities Support Program recognizes the great potential of CSAC to mobilize and organize our community though our adolescent-to-adult programs to prevent substance use and abuse.”

“This federal grant will help the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition continue its great work in the community raising awareness about the dangers of substance abuse,” said Congressman Michael Capuano, D-8th Massachusetts. “I applaud CSAC on its work giving young people the knowledge and tools they need to remain drug free and ready to prosper in school, their communities, and the workplace.”

The DFC Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, and reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006.  Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded more than 2,000 Drug-Free Communities grants to local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Palau, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.  

 For more information about the Office of National Drug Control Policy or the Drug Free Communities Support Program, visit: www.WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP

 About Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC)

 CSAC www.csac-chad.org is a community-based coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, professionals, and advocates who work together to reduce substance abuse in Charlestown. Through a unified, collaborative approach, the coalition utilizes existing community resources, organize programs to identify needs, and harness the energy and commitment of all to provide a safe, healthy environment in Charlestown.

 About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)

CCHI www.massgeneral.org/cchi carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance abuse 
  • Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people
  • Prevent cancers through early detection and screening
  • Generate interest in science and health careers among youth

 

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