Washington, DC -- The Madison Area YMCA as well as Montclair State University, the Borough of Pompton Lakes, and Morris County Prevention is Key will each be receiving a grant for the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, announced Representative Mikie Sherrill. 

These organizations are four of 150 new grants that are provided to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use, said Sherrill through a press release.

“I am proud of the work that community-based coalitions in our district are doing to stop substance use among young people before it starts,” said Congresswoman Sherrill. “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use. These federal grants will help continue the incredible work these organizations are doing to meet the local prevention needs in our community.”

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Congresswoman Sherrill is a lead sponsor of the State Opioid Response Grant Reauthorization Act of 2019 to authorize $5 billion to extend the State Opioid Response Grant program. The money distributed through these grants has helped to provide additional treatment beds, expand treatment and recovery options, bridge gaps identified in systems of care, support robust prevention campaigns, among other actions taken by the states to address the opioid epidemic.

“The Madison Chatham Coalition is grateful for the opportunity to continue to prevent and reduce youth substance use in Madison and Chatham thanks to the renewed funding of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant,” said Allison Bardon, Madison Chatham Coalition Coordinator. “It is because of this grant that the Coalition can continue to engage community members and empower youth to make healthy choices, free from drugs and alcohol.”

 

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