Thursday, October 15, 2015

Drug Free Communities Update - Extension Received

The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition has received funds from the Office of National Drug Control Policy for the last 10 years for the Drug Free Communities Project. This grant ended on September 30th, 2015. The Coalition applied for and received a no-cost extension for three months to spend out remaining money and complete a couple of projects that are still being worked on. The projects that the coalition will continue to work on are:

1.  Social Host work related to the state law
2. Continue work on the Codes of Conduct in Schools
3. Addressing Near Peers as providers of alcohol
4. Work with the local hospital on SBIRT and data collection

If you are interested in any of the above projects or getting involved with the SAFE Coalition the coalition is always eager to have additional voices at the table related to the topics that are being addressed. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

At the end of December, 2015, the coalition will no longer have Drug Free Communities Funds to support their projects. The coalition is being sustained via the Iowa Partnership for Success Funds as well as the Community Partnership for Success. To view the Drug Free Communities Extension Workplan you can find it by visiting the SAFE Coalition website at For more information on the SAFE Coalition or funds that support the coalition you may contact the SAFE office at 319-293-6412 or via email at

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