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Troy Drug Free Community Coalition Receives Important Funding



From The Record

Members of the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition said they are thrilled the program will continue to run for at least another two years, thanks to a recent grant.

The Troy DFCC emerged from the Troy Neighborhoods Action Coalition, where neighborhood groups would talk about quality of life issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, crime, and disengaged youth. Recognizing that they could be more effective in addressing issues together, the Troy DFCC was formed four years ago.

The Troy Drug Free Community Coalition is a coalition of community members, police, schools, and more that seek to reduce youth substance abuse through the promotion of positive opportunities for Troy’s young people.

The coalition recently learned it has received a $125,000 federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that will help keep the coalition operating for at least another two years. The coalition is not considered a 501 C3 agency, so the group partnered with Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to have them serve as the coalition’s fiscal agent and help them apply for these types of grants.

“This grant is a blessing,” said Davia Collington, Troy DFCC Project Coordinator. “The grant is for youth substance abuse prevention, so it’s great to have money to help be preventive and to help address the issue before it happens.

Collington said she is happy the grant funding will help address substance abuse for youth in the community.

“This money really allows us to focus on the young people in the community and their families around substance use prevention,” said Collington.

Coalition officials said there are currently a few dozen members in the coalition and that an executive team meets monthly and the coalition as a whole meets quarterly.

“Our next meeting is Nov. 16 at the Rensselaer County Arc building and the topic is going to be around marijuana because nobody is really talking about that so we are going to be the ones to talk about it,” said Collington.

Collington believes that the coalition has made a positive impact in the community and she hopes that the coalition can continue to make changes in the community for years to come.

“Every two years, we do a prevention needs assessment survey and we’ve seen a decrease in youth using alcohol and marijuana, so I absolutely believe that we’ve helped,” said Collington. “I really think that the education level for substances has increased since we formed.

“It’s important to do this type of work because our ultimate goal is to change the community for the better.”

People who would like to get involved in the coalition can contact Collington at (518) 605-5600 or TroyDFCC@triponline.org.

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