Barrington’s BAY Team receives $125,000 grant

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

The BAY Team recently received $125,000 in grant money from the Office of National Drug Control Policy as part of the Drug-Free Communities Support program.

The money is intended to help people in Barrington prevent substance use by young people in town. The BAY Team will specifically work to address underage drinking and marijuana use.

“Efforts to keep our youth drug-free are critical to healthy and safe communities here in Barrington.” said Kathleen Sullivan, prevention director for the BAY Team.

“The Drug-Free Communities Support Program recognizes the great potential of the BAY Team to help save young people’s lives. This new funding will allow the BAY Team to continue to mobilize and organize their community to prevent youth substance use.”

Sixty communities around the country were awarded grants totaling $7.9 million and were in addition to the nearly $76.7 million in continuation grants that were given to 608 Drug-Free Community coalitions.

The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over 5 years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Coalitions are composed of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, the media, and others working together at the local level.

“America’s success in the 21st century depends in part on our ability to help young people make decisions that will keep them healthy and safe,” said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “We congratulate this coalition on its work to raise a generation of young people equipped to remain drug free and ready to prosper in school, in their communities, and in the workplace.”

The DFC Program was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, and reauthorized by Congress in 2001 and 2006. Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded more than 2,000 Drug-Free Communities grants.

The rate of overall drug use in the United States has declined by roughly 30 percent since 1979. To build on this progress and support public health approaches to drug control, the Obama Administration has requested more than $10 billion in the next fiscal year for drug prevention programs and support for expanding access to drug treatment for people suffering from substance use disorders. This will build upon the $30 billion already spent over the past 3 years on drug use prevention and treatment.

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