The Chariho Tri-town Task Force on Substance abuse Prevention was one of nine Rhode Island drug use prevention coalitions to receive a grant from the White House Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for their Drug-free Community Support Programs in 2011.
The total amount of this year’s grant for Rhode Island is $972,447, and $99,980 of that is allocated to the Chariho Task Force, according to Deb Varga, Chief of Information for the Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental, Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH).
The Task Force has received this identical grant for each of the past five years. The Drug Free Communities program, which is directed by ONDCP, provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to qualified community coalitions. These coalitions have to re-apply for the grant every year. The Chariho Task Force will have to apply for another 5-year period next year, according to Task Force Co-coordinator Danny Nesmith.
“This is our largest grant,” said Nesmith. “It s very important to us and represents a major portion of our funding.”
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