Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving critical legislation that reauthorizes the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program, which provides valuable grants to help community coalitions across the country respond to serious drug and substance abuse problems in their communities.
The bill, which would reauthorize the DFC program through 2017, was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Committee’s Chairman, and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). It was co-sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Herb Khol (D-Wis.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“I arrived at CADCA the first year of the DFC program in 1998 and I’ve been impressed with the impact the DFC program has had in communities across the country. This is a unique program in that it has the bi-partisan support of Congress and has been implemented through a public-private partnership between the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and CADCA, resulting in major reductions in substance abuse in over 2,000 communities since its inception. I applaud Senators Leahy and Grassley for introducing this bill, and Senators Feinstein, Klobuchar, Khol, Portman and Schumer for coming on as co-sponsors,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean. “We hope the full Senate and House of Representatives also see the value in this important program and approve this bill so local coalitions can continue their successful, data driven, multi-sector efforts to reduce youth substance use rates in their communities.”
The DFC program funds community anti-drug coalitions that bring together law enforcement, parents, schools, youth, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, local media, faith-based leaders, youth-serving organizations, healthcare professionals and state and local government officials to prevent youth drug use. The grants have proven to significantly reduce substance abuse rates in communities across the country.