Drug Free Montgomery County awards grants

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Drug Free Montgomery County awarded more than $23,400 in mini-grants to local programs addressing substance misuse.

The organization brings together a cross section of community partners in a multi-strategy approach to reduce substance use and abuse in youth and adults and combat the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Every year, funding from drug user fees is directed to agencies devoted to education and prevention, intervention and treatment and criminal justice and law enforcement.

Due to social distancing guidelines, a formal awards presentation was not held.

This year’s awards include:

• A combined $2,000 to the Montgomery County Health Department for safe sharps collection and disposal and promotion and maintenance of the Drug Free Montgomery County resource website.

• $2,200 to National Night Out for event expenses.

• $665 to Integrated Wellness for the Seeking Safety program.

• A combined $14,050 to Montgomery County Probation for the Juvenile Cognitive Behavioral Program, substance abuse assessment, Veterans Court, juvenile drug screens and Drug Court.

• $4,510 to the Crawfordsville Police Department for drug enforcement equipment.

According to program guidelines, the agencies must submit an activities report at the end of the grant period, promote drug-free living consistently in their programs and organizations, attend at least three coalition meetings yearly and attend the Red Ribbon Breakfast in October.

The coalition’s meetings are in February, April, June, August, October and December and open to the public.

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