Drug and Alcohol Coalition awarded $625K for substance use prevention

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The Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition (WCDAC) has been awarded a five-year Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $125,000 each fiscal year, totaling $625,000.

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant is awarded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The purpose of the DFC grant is to strengthen coalition capacity and to prevent youth and adult substance use through community engagement and collaboration in Oshkosh.

A key component of the WCDAC mission is to prevent and reduce youth and adult substance use in Winnebago County.

“It is essential that we are able to provide a safe and healthy community for our next generation,” said Winnebago County AODA Counselor Jenna Washuleski, who serves on the coalition Steering Team and helps lead the Prevention/Awareness Action Team for WCDAC. “The DFC grant will help enhance and strengthen the collaboration with coalition partners and give WCDAC the ability to provide resources and education that will prevent youth substance use.”

WCDAC is a broad coalition comprised of community representatives from throughout Winnebago County, including AODA recovery professionals, youth, parents, schools, businesses, law enforcement, faith communities, and more.

The group’s mission is to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol use by empowering our community to affect individual and social change through education, advocacy, collaboration, and coordination of resources.

Visit https://www.winnebagodac.org/ for more information about the coalition.

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