What is drug-free coalition?
Drug-free coalitions are community-based groups located in a defined neighborhood and/or ZIP code. Coalitions tackle specific issue that has a negative impact on the community. People included in a drug free coalition represent: parents, youth, civic/volunteer organizations, youth-serving organizations, school, businesses, law enforcement, health professionals, religious/fraternal organizations, state/local/tribal government, substance abuse organizations and media. The now called “12 Sector Members” convene a small group to discuss the problems on the accessibility and availability of drugs and alcohol that have a negative impact the success of youth and the safety of the community. In reducing the presence of drugs and alcohol, the coalition has the opportunity to identify funding streams for application submission and to participate in trainings that assistance in guiding the process for the coalition to develop short-term, intermediate and long-term goals for sustainability.
Who does this service serve?
The service is available to all community residents that live in urban, suburban, and rural areas.
How can this service help?
This service can support the coalition’s mission towards making environmental changes based on collected data from residence. The partnerships that are formed can offer resources such as “listening sessions” to parents and youth around the dangers of drugs. In mobilizing youth to become tomorrow’s leaders this group can facilitate peer-to-peer information sharing through poster contest; designing logos; developing messages for social media platforms.
Where to Get Help
The Office of Addiction Services in partnership with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the National Guard Joint Counter Drug Task Force has created a nine-month training that is focused on community engagement for capacity building for coalitions that expressed interest to submit a proposal for the Drug Free Communities Funding Opportunity sponsored through The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
- National Guard Joint Counter Drug Task Force
- Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
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