City receives drug control grant

September 17, 2013

By Staff

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has announced the list of 2013 Drug Free Communities grant recipients and Issaquah is on it.

Drug Free Communities grants provide $125,000 per year for up to 10 years targeted at reducing teen drug and alcohol abuse.

“This grant will really enable us to make a positive difference in the greater Issaquah School District service area,” Vicki Hoffman, chairwoman of the Drug Free Community Coalition, said in a news release. “We are so excited for the community and for our kids.”

The Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition was formed in 2011 as a standing subcommittee of the Issaquah Community Network, a state-funded organization with a mission to support healthy youth and strong families.

To apply for the federal grant, a coalition is required to engage 12 representatives from community sectors. The coalition, with several youth representatives, has approximately 40 members.

This fall, it will distribute 6,000 drug and alcohol prevention brochures to parents of middle school and high school students throughout the Issaquah School District.

The Drug Free Communities grant application process is rigorous. This year, 465 coalitions across the country applied for new grants.

Of those, 147 were selected for funding with eight new grants awarded in Washington state. With the eight new grants and continuation grants, Washington state has a total of 33 grant-funded coalitions.

In addition to the Issaquah grant, new grants were awarded to coalitions based in Enumclaw, Lacey, Port Angeles, Quincy, Raymond, Sumner and Sunnyside. In Washington state, Drug Free Communities grants are administered through the DSHS Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

“This grant award is the culmination of several years of work supported by a broad range of school, city and community people concerned about the health of our young people,” Dianne Bugge, chairwoman of the Issaquah Community Network, said in the release. “We are thrilled to be recognized as an effective coalition. We expect this grant will make a huge difference in the lives of young people for many years to come.”

“This is wonderful news for our community,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said in the release. “We are thrilled that the city of Issaquah could help in this effort as the fiscal agent, and we are proud to be a partner of the Issaquah Community Network.”

 

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