Washington, DC– Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force,  announced a series of new and continuing Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grants awarded to organizations around the district working to prevent substance abuse and promote recovery. These grants are administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The DFC Grant Program was created under the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 and is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and combat substance abuse among youth.

“Substance abuse touches our communities, our schools and our families, and no one is immune from this devastating epidemic” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Prevention is a powerful tool to protect against substance abuse in the North Country. Teaching our youth to make healthy choices at a young age is the first step in avoiding the many tragedies we see and read about in the news. These important grants will go a long way in bringing youth, parents, school administrators and other community leaders together to save lives and protect our loved ones. I commend ONDCP and SAMHSA for making these critical investments that enable us to stop substance abuse and improve the health of our North Country communities.  In Congress, I will continue working across the aisle with my colleagues to address the substance abuse epidemic plaguing far too many families across our district and across our nation.”

Information about the organizations receiving DFC Grants can be found below:

New DFC Grantees:

Youth Empowerment and Health! Community Coalition

Lewis County, NY

Grant Amount: $125,000

Akwesasne Coalition for Community Empowerment

Akwesasne, NY

Grant Amount: $125,000

Continuing DFC Grantees:

Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County

Johnstown, NY

Grant Amount: $125,000

Alliance for Better Communities

Watertown, NY

Grant Amount: $125,000

Massena Drug Free Community Coalition

Massena, NY

Grant Amount; $125,000