CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, NY – Today, Rep. Tom Reed is proud to announce a $125,000 Drug-Free Community Grant for the HOPE Chautauqua Coalition. This grant will be disbursed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“The Hope Chautauqua Coalition, as part of the Prevention Works initiative in Chautauqua County, has done so much to help and educate our community about substance abuse,” said Reed.“Supporting the program with additional funding will help to further reduce substance abuse among youth in the county and support collaborative efforts in the community to prevent drug use. We were proud to advocate for this funding, and we will continue to fight for the public health resources our district needs.”
“The HOPE Chautauqua Coalition will work to reduce the underage alcohol use and marijuana use amongst 12-18-year-olds by collaborating with key stakeholders in the community,” said Melanie Witkowski, Prevention Works Executive Director. “In Chautauqua County, approximately 27 percent of 8th-12th graders drank alcohol in the past 30 days and 18 percent used marijuana in the past 30 days. The coalition will implement environmental strategies to help reduce the accessibility of alcohol and marijuana in Chautauqua County to help reduce use amongst our youth.”
Kelley Potter, HOPE Chautauqua Coalition Coordinator, said the funding will be used to help address needs in more rural communities through various means. This will allow more rural areas to have access to the services of the HOPE Chautauqua Coalition.
For more information on Prevention Works and the HOPE Chautauqua Coalition, visit preventionworks.us.