Drug Free Communities

Drug Free Communities (DFC) is a federal program overseen by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The DFC program provides grant funding for community coalitions to prevent youth substance abuse through coalition-building and environmental strategies (for example policy, media, parent gatherings, and law enforcement) to change community attitudes and availability of substances.

DFC Program in Cumberland County
In September 2010, Cumberland County received a grant of $125,000 per year for 5 years to act as fiscal sponsor for Casco Bay CAN (Create Awareness Now), the coalition that includes Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport, and Pownal.

From 2007 to 2010 Casco Bay CAN was mentored by 21 Reasons, the coalition from the City of Portland's Healthy Casco Bay Healthy Maine Partnership, which received a federal DFC Mentoring grant (ending Sept 2010). Coalition members include the District Attorney's Office, municipal police departments, schools, youth organizations, and parents.

For more information contact Beth Blakeman-Pohl.