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Engel Announces $375,000 for Drug-Free Communities Support Programming in Westchester

Engel Announces $375,000 for Drug-Free Communities Support Programming in Westchester

Washington D.C.— Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has awarded $375,000 in federal funding to three local community coalitions in Westchester as part of the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program.

The grants will provide the local coalitions with funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. The following groups each received DFC program funding in Westchester:

Ardsley SAYF Coalition- $125,000

Rye-ACT Coalition- $125,000

The Way Coalition (Hastings)- $125,000

“Now more than ever, robust federal funding for youth substance abuse prevention is critical,” said Congressman Engel. “The scourge of opioid abuse has ravaged communities across our country, taking a terrible toll on families. More must be done to combat this threat and others, so I am pleased to see these federal funds awarded to three groups working diligently to keep Westchester’s youth healthy and safe: The Ardsley SAYF Coalition, the Rye-ACT Coalition, and The Way Coalition in Hastings.”

Background on the Drug-Free Communities Support Program

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.