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1 STEPHANIE A. STRUTNER, MPH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR To engage community partners in the prevention of substance abuse in Anderson County through awareness, education, and policy change.

2 Who We Are Non-profit prevention agency Established in the fall of 2008 Coalition of volunteers  Representing each sector of the community  Anyone is welcome  Identify problems; develop solutions Three full-time staff

3 Drug-Free Communities Grant Federal grant program (SAMHSA-ONDCP) Established by Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 $125,000 per year for 5 years, renewable for 10 years 100% in-kind match required Goals  Increase community capacity to address substance abuse issues  Reduce youth substance abuse

4 Level of Competition 2012 Fiscal Year  32 awards/500+ applications  ~6% chance of scoring high enough to be funded

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6 Why DFC? Multi-faceted approach Reaches > 1/3 of Nation’s population 2012 National Evaluation Interim Report  Shows DFC communities have successfully reduced drug and alcohol use  Past 30-Day Use in DFC communities is significantly lower than nationally-representative sample One third Amount by which the rate of current drug use in America has decreased since the late 1970s. (SAMHSA)

7 Percentage Change in Past 30-Day Use Source: Drug-Free Communities (DFC) National Evaluation: 2012 National Evaluation Report. ICF International.

8 Comparison of DFC Grantee and National (YRBS) Reports of Past 30-Day Use Among High School Students Source: Drug-Free Communities (DFC) National Evaluation: 2012 National Evaluation Report. ICF International.

9 The Beauty of the Drug-Free Communities Program Identify local needs Develop local solutions $193 billion Estimated cost of drug use to the U.S. society in lost productivity, health care and criminal justice costs in (NDIC)

10 IF IT IS SO COMPETITIVE, HOW DO WE GET A GRANT? Drug-Free Communities Grant

11 DFC Mentoring Program Established in 2001 Goal:  To assist newly forming coalitions in becoming eligible to apply for DFC funding on their own Grantees will be expected to achieve this goal by implementing the following objectives: 1. Strengthen organizational structure 2. Increase leadership and community readiness to address substance use problems 3. Work through strategic planning process resulting in a comprehensive action plan

12 Mentoring Program Process Application Process: Competitive ~10 awards Training and technical assistance provided by mentor and CADCA National Training Academy Capacity building Sector gap analysis Needs assessment Data collection Garner support Prepare necessary documents

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