It really is exciting times here in Prosser for the coalition. We recently found out that we were awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant from the Federal Government. If you aren't sure what this is, it's a really big deal. For the 2015 Fiscal Year, the $86 million will fund 188 new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants, 486 continuation grants for coalitions already in a five-year cycle, 20 new DFC Mentoring (DFC-M) grants and 3 continuation DFC-M grants. These grants provide community coalitions needed support to prevent and reduce youth substance use.
We will be sharing a lot more with you as this process rolls out, but there is one very special announcement that we can make right now:
The Prosser CIA is soliciting a request for qualifications from an individual or organization to serve as the DFC Coalition Coordinator, and provide assistance and direction to the community coalition and help guide the continuous development and implementation of a community substance abuse prevention plan.
This position is funding by the Drug Free Communities Federal Grant and will be in place for 5 years, pending continued funding with an opportunity to re-apply for years 6-10. This position works closely with our Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Community Coordinator and other support staff.