What Is the Drug-Free Communities Support Program?
"The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. Created in 1997 by the Drug-Free Communities Act, administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and managed through a partnership between ONDCP and CDC, the DFC program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.
The DFC program aims to mobilize community leaders to identify and respond to the drug problems unique to their community and change local community environmental conditions tied to substance use. By utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Seven Strategies to Affect Community Change, DFC programs strengthen coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth."*
The Drug-Free Communities Grant was awarded to the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network ("WMPN") in September 2018, and it serves Stephens County. It is a five-year grant, and WMPN is currently in its third year of the grant. WMPN is working through the DFC to prevent the use of substances such as tobacco, marijuana, and underage drinking. To prevent drug use among youth in Stephens County, WMPN created the Pathways Youth Coalition. Please visit the Pathways Youth Coalition web page to learn more about this coalition that is inspired, driven, and led by youth.