Grant will help communities fight substance abuse among children and adolescents
NORTH BERGEN, NJ — Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco, the Board of Commissioners and the North Bergen Prevention Coalition, formerly known as the North Bergen Municipal Alliance, is proud to announce a $150,000 federal grant via the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to combat drug and alcohol addiction, with the possibility of adding an additional $1.25 million in funding over the next 10 years. As part of the grant the North Bergen Prevention Coalition will be mentored by Partners in Prevention and the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community. Partners in Prevention is a Secaucus-based organization whose mission is to improve wellness and prevent substance use disorders and related health challenges in Hudson County and New Jersey. The Hudson County Coalition was only one of three coalitions in the entire country to receive said grant.
“I am extremely proud to announce this grant,” said North Bergen Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco. “It is imperative that we utilize every resource available to us to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating so many families. I commend the excellent work done by the North Bergen Prevention Coalition Chairman John Belluardo, Coordinator Nick Biamonte and all of the Coalition members, our friends at Partners in Prevention and Representative Bill Pascrell for helping us secure this needed funding.”
“We are very excited to receive this grant. Through our longstanding relationship with the North Bergen Municipal Alliance/Prevention Coalition and with the help of this grant, we will be able to provide guidance to North Bergen as they continue to expand their prevention programs,” said Yaisa Coronado, Program Director for Hudson County Coalition and Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. “The North Bergen Coalition will now be able to concentrate on efforts salient to their community. We truly appreciate the support from our public officials in securing this grant.”
About the Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), 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.
Prescription drug abuse prevention is one of the core measures of effectiveness for local DFC coalitions, and coalitions nationwide have led innovative opioid prevention initiatives. DFC’s 2017 National Evaluation End-of-Year Report found that at least 97% of middle school and 94% of high school youth report that they have not misused prescription drugs in the past 30-days in DFC communities.