South Boston ASAP

South Boston Action for Substance Abuse Prevention (SBASAP) is the drug-free communities project of the South Boston CAN Coalition.  SBASAP is primarily funded by the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program grant.

Drug Free Communities Purpose

The primary purpose of the DFC program is to: (1) strengthen collaboration among community entities; and (2) reduce substance use among youth.  DFC grantees are required to work toward these two goals as the primary focus of their Federally-funded effort.  Grants awarded through the DFC program are intended to support established community-based coalitions capable of effecting community-level change. For the purposes of the DFC program, a coalition is defined as a community-based formal arrangement for cooperation and collaboration among groups or sectors of a community in which each group retains its identity, but all agree to work together toward a common goal of building a safe, healthy, and drug-free community. Coalitions receiving DFC funds are expected to work with leaders within their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change through environmental strategies.

Drug Free Communities Funding

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) receives funding for the DFC program from Congress through the Drug Free Communities Act of 1997 (Public Law 105-20) to provide support to community-based coalitions that have formed to address local youth substance use and its related consequences.  The DFC program was reauthorized through ONDCP’s Reauthorization Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-469).  The latest reauthorization extends the program until 2012.  Since 1998, ONDCP has awarded over 1,750 DFC grants. Grants have been awarded to communities from every region in the nation and include rural, urban, suburban, and tribal communities.

The DFC program is overseen by ONDCP, with day-to-day management conducted by Project Officers (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention/CSAP) and Grants Management Specialists (Division of Grants Management/DGM) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Strategic Prevention Framework

This grant utilizes The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF): a five-step process known to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors across the life span. The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention and a series of guiding principles that can be utilized at the federal, State/tribal and community levels.

For more information contact Tara Doran, Project Director at 617-269-5160 x146.

South Boston Action for Substance Abuse Prevention is a project dedicated to reducing underage drinking and preventing substance abuse through collaboration with community partners.

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