WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) announced $375,000 in new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants to groups representing Durham, Middlefield, Guilford and Milford today. The Durham/Middlefield DFC, The Assets Steering Committee in Guilford and Bridges…A Community Support System in Milford were each awarded $125,000.


“The future of America is largely dependent on the ability of young people to make decisions that will help keep them healthy and safe,” DeLauro said.  “Preventing youth drug use is especially important in light of recent research that found early, persistent marijuana users showed a permanent drop in IQ of eight points.  We must focus on preventing youth drug use if the United States wants to remain a global leader. I am proud to have such dedicated people in Connecticut and congratulate these three groups on winning this grant.”


Betsy Dean, Chair of the Durham/Middlefield Coalition said: "The Coalition has been working on a community wide Social Host campaign, Police Party Patrols, and youth lead underage drinking campaign emphasizing positive role modeling. The community has embraced strategies put in place over the first year: raising awareness and looking at policies around underage substance use is helping to keep our kids safe.  We are looking forward to expanding our work in the community going forward."


“The award of a five year grant allows us to gain real traction on this difficult issue.  As we enter year three, we are beginning to see positive results, which encourage us to continue to focus on our four priority points:  by demonstrating that the community values its youth, reinforcing the importance of family boundaries, encouraging adult role models and applauding positive peer influence, Guilford D.A.Y. and its supporters will help Guilford youth make positive choices, ultimately reducing drug and alcohol use.   Our goal is to bring the community together to build a healthier environment for Guilford youth,” said Dana Pelliccio, DAY Prevention Coordinator, Guilford Youth and Family Services.


“The Milford Prevention Council  will use these funds to support the mission  to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse through prevention education, the support of law enforcement and the strengthening of our community collaboration,” said Wendy Gibbons, LCSW Prevention Coordinator, Milford Prevention Council Program Director.


"Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, CADCA, congratulates the three community coalitions in Connecticut's 3rd district for being awarded DFC funding. The DFC program is one of our nation's most effective drug prevention programs, providing critical resources to help communities address their most serious youth drug use and abuse issues. CADCA appreciates congressional champions for the DFC program, such as Congresswoman DeLauro, for their continued support of this program based on their understanding of the importance of effective community based substance abuse prevention,” said General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman & CEO, CADCA


The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. It was created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997 and has awarded nearly 2,000 grants to communities in all 50 states and seven territories. It is uniquely structured to ensure effectiveness, requiring a community to demonstrate local commitment before becoming eligible to receive federal funds.