$79m for drug-free partnerships

$79m for drug-free partnerships

FUNDING

The Justice Department has $79 million in grants to support comprehensive community-wide strategies for creating safe and drug-free schools. Deadline is June 21.

The application must show evidence of a partnership between the local education authorities, public mental health authority and local law enforcement.

Applicants with communityand faith-based organizations, and juvenile justice and family court officials will get priority.

Applicants must propose evidence-based approaches and include the following elements: (1) safe school environment; (2) alcohol and other drugs and violence prevention and early intervention; (3) mental health preventive and treatment intervention programs; (4) early childhood psychosocial and emotional development services; and (5) educational reform.

The estimated range of awards is up to $1 million per year in rural areas and tribal school districts; up to $2 million per year in suburban areas; up to $3 million per year in urban areas.

The government wants an equitable geographic distribution of grants.

Inf.: Kellie Dressler Tetrick, SS/HS Program Coordinator, OJJDP, Department of Justice, 810 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20531; 202-514-4817.

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