FISHKILL — The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County, Inc. is proud to announce their acceptance of the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant given by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This grant will provide $125,000 per year over the next five years to facilitate the work of the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition. This support program was initiated by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 with the goal of supporting prevention work in the community and reducing substance use among youth. The hope is that early intervention among youth populations can reduce the rate of substance use disorder (addiction) among adults over time.
CAPE of Dutchess County is a local 501(c)3 organization that will serve as the fiscal agent for this federal grant. This is the second DFC grant to be awarded to the Council on behalf of a community coalition; the first grant they received was focused on the Southern Dutchess area and concluded on September 30th of this year. CAPE is pleased to secure this second round of funding to assist Northern Dutchess, as they develop strategies to improve the health and wellness of local youth and families. Alara Bedka of CAPE said, “As an agency with ample experience in prevention, education, and facilitating the work of a grass-roots community coalition, CAPE brings to the table its knowledge of how to effectively address risk factors and promote protective factors in relation to substance use disorder.”