U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin last week announced $125,000 in federal funding to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse in Cecil County. The funding was awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC).
This funding will support the Cecil County Drug-Free Communities Coalition’s work to increase youth engagement, implement social marketing and media campaigns, grow youth capacity in areas of governance and communication, and expand peer-to-peer leadership opportunities.
According to a press release:
“Parents should never have to grieve the loss of a child, but for far too many families, the opioid epidemic has made this nightmare a reality. These federal funds will help Cecil County engage and educate young people to help prevent these tragic losses.” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees. “I was glad to support Cecil County’s application for this funding, and I will continue working to provide Maryland with the resources necessary to prevent and treat substance misuse.”
“The opioid epidemic has hit every corner of our state and our country. Unfortunately, our children are not immune. These federal funds will help Cecil County give young people the tools they need to prevent substance misuse before it starts, setting them up for a drug-free future.” said Senator Cardin. “I’m proud to continue to support the innovative ways that our local communities are working to find comprehensive solutions to end this public health crisis.”
The DFC program provides funding to community organizations that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Eligible applicants are community-based coalitions addressing youth substance misuse. DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems. Senators Van Hollen and Cardin have advocated for robust funding for the DFC program as well as funding for opioid and other substance misuse programs.
Visit Cecil County’s website for more information.
At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Foundation of the Future: The County Role in Combatting the Opioid Crisis,” attendees will hear an update on statewide efforts to stem the opioid crisis and join in a discussion on what counties are doing and hope to do to curb the epidemic. The session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
The 2019 MACo Winter Conference, “Building for the Future,” will be held on December 4-6, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.
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