Grant For Fighting Substance Abuse

October 1, 2015

Southeastern Regional Action Council on Substance Abuse in Norwich has been awarded $125,000.

Norwich was one of 20 Connecticut communities that were awarded grants by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to prevent youth substance use and be used to support Connecticut's Second Chance-related initiatives.

The grants, totaling $2.7 million, will provide local community coalitions with substance use prevention funding and will support the state’s efforts to reduce crime, improve public safety, and end the school-to-prison pipeline that has had a detrimental effect on Connecticut communities for a generation.

“This funding is an important investment in our youth and the community,” Representative Emmett D. Riley said. “I applaud the governor for his efforts to attain federal funding for keeping our young people healthy and drug-free.”

These Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants will help strengthen collaboration among communities, local, state, and non-profit agencies to prevent and reduce substance use among youth and, thus, prevent crime.

The work of the 20 recipient communities will proceed in tandem with Governor Malloy’s Second Chance Society initiative. With a direct correlation between substance abuse and crime, the initiative includes funding for job-training, supportive housing for ex-offenders including those with substance abuse disorders, and programs in schools that interrupt the school to prison pipeline.