City of Rahway Receives $625,000 Federal Grant to Fight Drug Abuse

RAHWAY, NJ – Mayor Samson D. Steinman and the Rahway City Council are proud to announce that the City of Rahway has been selected to receive a 2014 Drug-Free Communities Support Grant through the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The program will run through the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation in conjunction the Rahway Prevention Coalition, an extension of the Rahway Municipal Alliance. The City will receive $125,000 per year for a minimum of five years to execute the goals of the program.

This highly competitive grant is part of the Drug-Free Communities Support (DFC) program, a Federal program that provides funding to community-based coalitions organized to prevent youth substance use.

“Rahway’s selection for this award is a reflection of the strong collaborations already in place with our school district and community organizations,” said Mayor Steinman. “This grant will allow us to expand those relationships as we continue to build a healthy, positive environment for our youth.”

The philosophy behind the DFC Program is that local drug problems require local solutions. Recent evaluation data indicate that where DFC dollars are invested, youth substance use is reduced. Coalitions receiving DFC funds are expected to partner with leaders within their communities to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change through environmental strategies.

The Rahway Municipal Alliance was preceded by the United Alliance for a Drug Free Rahway which was started by Mayor Samson D. Steinman while still in high school. This City sponsored committee of volunteers from the community and is funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to provide programs that include assistance for grandparents raising their grandchildren, transitioning teens to adulthood, evidence-based drug prevention instruction for elementary school students and more.

The DFC funding will provide for increasing the capacity of the Rahway Municipal Alliance to address the issues of youth alcohol and marijuana use using community collaborations as a catalyst. The long-range objectives call for a measurable decrease in substance use by changing the youth culture to one that does not promote or accept alcohol and marijuana use. At the end of the term, the Alliance will have the option to apply for an additional five years of funding.