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Drug Free Coalition awards grants to local groups

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The Montgomery County Drug Free Coalition recently awarded $28,532 to support local programs that address substance abuse issues in the community. Funding for the grants comes from drug use fees collected by the county and is used in the areas of education/prevention, intervention/treatment, and criminal justice/law enforcement. law.

Recent recipients and awards include:

• The Montgomery County Probation Department received $4,050 for its substance abuse evaluations. This will help when probationers who require substance abuse assessments need financial assistance.

• South Montgomery Junior High School received $500 for a book club. The funds will be used to purchase books for each grade level involved in the club that deal with avoiding substance use.

• Integrative Wellness received $900 for its Walk for Recovery event. Funds will go towards supplies for the event.

• The Montgomery County Youth Services Bureau received $2,000 for positive youth programs. The funds will support the Inspire and Youth as Resources programs.

• Recovery Coalition received $2,644 to support the Recovery Rec Center.

• Crawfordsville Fire Department QRT received $3,000 for salvage resources. Funds will be used to purchase drawstring bags and gift cards to give to those in need. These bags will contain resources on addiction and mental health.

• The Montgomery County Probation Department received $2,600 for juvenile cognitive behavioral programs. These funds will be used for their moral reconciliation therapy group.

• The Montgomery County Probation Department also received $1,000 for Veterans Treatment Court. These funds will be used to purchase incentives including sobriety tokens, notebooks/planners, gas cards and store gift cards.

• Through the Gate received $1,500 for three employees to become peer recovery coaches.

• Cummins Behavioral Health received $994 to train employees to work with couples treatment.

• The Crawfordsville Police Department received $1,064 to fund the Law Enforcement Youth Camp. This will allow young people to have a more positive experience with our law enforcement officers.

• The Crawfordsville Police Department also received $600 to help purchase investigative equipment.

• The Montgomery County Probation Department also received $3,000 for drug court. The funds will be used to purchase positive reinforcement incentives for those involved in drug court.

• The Montgomery County Probation Department also received $1,680 to reduce the cost of drug testing for youth and young adults in Montgomery County.

• The Montgomery County Probation Department received an additional $3,000 to help probationers find emergency housing or transitional housing costs.

Grant recipients must agree to complete a report on their activities at the end of the grant period, promote drug-free living consistently in their programs and organizations, attend at least three Coalition meetings during of the year and to attend the Red Ribbon Breakfast in October.

The Coalition’s goal is to bring together a cross-section of the community with the goal of reducing youth and adult use/abuse and the negative impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs through to multiple strategies in multiple sectors. Its goals are to increase knowledge and skills while changing the behaviors, attitudes and environment of our community. The Coalition has been around since 1990, serving as the local coordinating council for the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. The Coalition is governed by an Executive Board and a Leadership Team who are responsible for guiding the organization.

The Coalition meets every two months. These meetings are open to the public and take place in February, April, June, August, October and December at the Youth Service Office.