On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald J. Trump discussed a drug-free support program with assembled guests and the media at the White House.

Under the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program was created in 1997 to “mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use.”

The FY 2018 Drug-Free Communities Mentoring (DFC-M) Program grant supports those efforts, utilizing young people.

The following information is published on WhiteHouse.gov regarding the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program:

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems. DFCs involve local communities in finding solutions and also helps youth at risk for substance use recognize the majority of our Nation’s youth choose not to use substances.

The DFC Program is effective – since the program started, past 30-day misuse of prescription drugs and past 30-day use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana have significantly declined among all DFCs. (Source – 2017 National Evaluation End-of-Year Report):

Middle School:
prevalence of alcohol use declined by 27%
prevalence of tobacco use declined by 32%
prevalence of marijuana use declined by 14%
prevalence of (illicit) prescription drug use declined by 11%

High School:
prevalence of use for alcohol declined by 19%
prevalence of tobacco use declined by 28%
prevalence of marijuana use declined by 6%
prevalence of (illicit) prescription drug use declined by 16%

FY 2018 DFC-M Program Grants

ONDCP is accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Drug-Free Communities Mentoring (DFC-M) Program grants. The purpose of this program is to provide grant funds to existing DFC recipients so they may serve as mentors to newly-formed and/or developing coalitions that have never received a DFC grant.

Anticipated Total Available Funding: Approximately $225,000
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 3 awards