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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
January/February 2009, Volume 17, Number 1 

Grantees Across the Nation

More than 769 Drug Free Communities grantees are currently operating around the Nation.

A map on the DFC Web site shows locations and status of 2008 grantees.

Recent Trainings

More than 500 new grantees, mentors, trainers, and prevention professionals attended the first 2009 training for the Drug Free Communities Support (DFC) program.

Photo of three DFC grantees clustered around a training binder

Frances M. Harding, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, welcomed new grantees to the 3-day training, which took place in Washington, DC, January 5 to 7. Each coalition was asked to bring two people to the training.

For the mentoring sessions, sessions were planned “one on one” for reviewing and critiquing each new coalition’s Logic Model, Strategic Plan, and the actual proposal written in response to the 2008 request for applications.

Coalitions that succeeded in winning a grant in 2008 followed specific guidelines, which are listed online on the Drug Free Communities Web site. Those coalition guidelines include the following:

A new Drug Free Communities grantee reviews the information on “Coalition Essentials” in her training binder

A new Drug Free Communities (DFC) grantee reviews the information on “Coalition Essentials” in her training binder. The training was held in Washington, DC, on January 5.

  • Pursue as part of your coalition’s principal mission the goal of reducing substance abuse among youth.
  • Target multiple drugs.
  • Work together on substance abuse prevention for a period of at least 6 months prior to sending in your grant application.
  • Demonstrate that your coalition has participation from volunteer leaders in the community.
  • Include all age groups and special interests from your region including:
    • youth (18 or under)
    • parents
    • business community
    • media
    • schools
    • youth-serving organizations
    • law enforcement agencies
    • religious or fraternal organizations
    • civic and volunteer groups
    • health care professionals
  • State, local, or tribal governmental agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse
  • Serve a geographic area that is not served by another Drug Free Community coalition.
  • Address substance abuse prevention among youth in the community in a comprehensive and long-term fashion.

By fulfilling the requirements above, a coalition will be supporting the two main goals of the Drug Free Communities program:

  • To reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults
  • To establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments in prevention efforts.

For more information, visit the Drug Free Communities Web site. To read more about SAMHSA’s prevention efforts, visit the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.




  New Tools for the Field  
Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Fourteen new informational briefs can help employers address substance use problems.

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Build and strengthen an Assertive Community Treatment team using a new toolkit.

TIP 48: Managing Depressive Symptoms

Managing Depressive Symptoms

Depressive symptoms can interfere with your clients’ recovery and ability to participate in treatment.


  Special Populations  
Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Think drug abuse is just a problem among adolescents and college kids? Many adults age 50 and older report substance abuse.


  Suicide Prevention  
Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance abuse is a major risk factor for suicide. Experts weigh in on how to address the problem.

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

What do you do if you think someone on YouTube may be at risk for suicide?

Dr. Phil Promotes Lifeline on YouTube

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline took center stage when it was promoted as a resource on “Dr. Phil.”


  Recovery  
2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

Recovery Month celebrates its 20th year in September!


  Trends and Data  
Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth show declines in cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use from 2002 to 2007.

Marijuana & Adolescents

Marijuana & Adolescents

There’s a connection between use of marijuana by young people and their perceptions of how risky that use may be.

Serious Psychological Distress

Serious Psychological Distress

In 2007, 24.3 million adults age 18 or older experienced past-year serious psychological distress.


  Also In This Issue  
Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Tune in to the new monthly Webcast series and share your opinions about things you read.

Introducing Our Print Redesign

Introducing Our Print Redesign

SAMHSA News in print has a whole new look! Find out what we changed and why.



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