Other Funded Communities

Drug Free Communities
Community anti-drug coalitions use their collective energy, experience and influence to address drug and underage drinking problems in their neighborhoods, cities, counties and states. These coalitions develop strategies for addressing every aspect of their substance abuse problem - prevention, intervention, treatment, aftercare and law enforcement, but with a particular focus on prevention.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) program has been a central, bi-partisan component of our nation's demand reduction strategy since its passage in 1998. The consistent and steady growth of the program in terms of both appropriations (from $10 million in FY 1998 to $90 million in FY 2009) and the number of grantees (from 92 original grantees to 1520 grantees) is a testament to the program's popularity. The premise of the DFC program is simple – that communities around the country must be organized and equipped to deal with their individual substance abuse problems in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. DFC Grantees consist of twelve community sectors: youth, parents, business community, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement agencies, religious or fraternal organizations, civic and volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state and local and/or tribal government agencies with expertise in the field of substance abuse, and other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse. The program explicitly recognizes that federal anti-drug resources must be invested at the community level. This program is unique in that federal support is contingent upon a community demonstrating local commitment and resolve to address its drug problem, before it is eligible to receive any federal funds. Coalitions are only eligible to receive as much federal funding as they can match, dollar for dollar, with non- Federal support, up to $125,000.
For more information, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/Drug-Free-Communities-Support-Program
Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act) Grants
The STOP Act program was created to strengthen collaboration among communities, the Federal Government, state, local and tribal governments in order to enhance effective efforts for reducing alcohol use among youth. This mission includes disseminating timely information to communities about state-of-the-art practices and initiatives that have proven to be effective in preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth. The STOP Act program enhances, not supplants, effective local community initiatives for preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth.
For more information please visit http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/2013/sp-13-001.aspx
Community Health Network Area (CHNA)
A Community Health Network Area (CHNA) is a coalition made up of representatives from public, non-profit, and private sectors. CHNA members work to build healthier communities through community-based prevention planning and health promotion. The MA Department of Public Health Office of Healthy Communities directs the CHNA initiative, which was established in 1992; there are 27 CHNAs (involving 351 towns and cities) across Massachusetts. Each CHNA is identified by a number (1-27), and covers specific towns within a geographic area.
For more information please visit http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/admin/healthy-communities/chna/