The coalition will receive a five-year, $625,000 grant from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Community Coalitions of Idaho is a non-profit organization that was created in 2009 to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol.
"CCI provides the united voice needed to facilitate, collaborate and encourage cooperation among Idaho community coalitions, the public, government agencies and others in the ongoing battle to reduce substance abuse in our great state,” said Rose Cheff, chair of the CCI board of directors.
CCI is one of four newly funded coalitions in Idaho. Each DFC grant award recipients receive up to $125,000 annually for five-years.
"Receiving a five-year DFC grant validates the efforts of CCI and provides us with the funds to continue support of Idaho Coalitions,” said Debi Dockins, CCI executive director, “We are very grateful to have this funding to continue our good work and we look forward to providing consistent resources to coalitions throughout the state."
In a press release the ONDCP announced $90.9 million for fiscal year 2018. A total of 731 grants were awarded to community coalitions across the country, the highest number in the program’s history.
“Our local DFC coalitions are a key part of this effort because they are relentless in their work to prevent youth from initiating drug use and ultimately, saving more lives,” said James Carroll, Deputy Director of National Drug Control Policy.