County Gets Federal $625,000 Teen Drug Education Grant

A press release from McHenry County:

Office of National Drug Control Policy Awards $125,000 to McHenry County SAC

The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition (SAC), in collaboration with the McHenry County Regional Office of Education, has been awarded a 5 year, $125,000/yr Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Woodstock District 200 helped get the grant.

Woodstock District 200 helped get the grant.

The purpose of the DFC grant is to involve the community, particularly youth, in prevention of the use of marijuana, prescription drugs, alcohol and heroin among youth in McHenry County.

The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over 5 years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts.

The DFC grant award to the SAC is the result of a 6 month collaborative effort among several County entities, including:

Leslie Schermerhorn's Regional Superintendent of Education office helped procure the Federal grant.

Leslie Schermerhorn’s Regional Superintendent of Education office helped procure the Federal grant.

  • the McHenry County Mental Health Board
  • the McHenry County Regional Office of Education
  • the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition
  • the McHenry County Underage Drinking Task Force
  • Woodstock District 200
  • Harvard District 5
  • Rosecrance
  • the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office

The SAC was one of only five coalitions awarded the grant in Illinois.

Its work will focus on addressing the use of

  • alcohol
  • prescription drug
  • marijuana

The Illinois Youth Survey completed by McHenry County Youth in 2012 indicated these were the most widely used substances among youth ages 12-18.

The survey indicated a high level of acceptance of the use of these drugs among youth and adults.

The Coalition is committed to reducing early substance abuse among youth.

Research shows that youth who engage in substance abuse often progress to using more addictive substances such as heroin.


County Gets Federal $625,000 Teen Drug Education Grant — 8 Comments

  1. DARE is a colossal failure!

    This is another waste of valuable tax dollars!

    This latest effort will also fail due to the lack of a strong family structure based on a strong work ethic being replaced with single parent households based on welfare!

    Schools and not for profits will not fix the problem!

    We live in screwed up times! On the one hand we promote marijuana and the other we try to stop its use!

  2. A wonderful example of lots of “locals”, including Keith Nygren’s office, working together for the benefit of our youth.


  3. Are there any treatment programs for taxpaying property owners, abused by overspending Gov. and just plain bad Public Policy?

    A $125 K Grant payable to me, would cover what I flushed down the toilet, in paying property taxes the last five years.

    Using Gov. logic, this check to ease my pain and suffering, is cheaper than monies spent on this drug counseling drivel.

    What happened to that ‘Question Mark Suit’ guy that advertised Gov., giving away free money?

    Maybe I could run this by him to see if I could get paid.

  4. Is there a better picture of that fool Leslie Schermerhorn?

    This one is just plain scary to look at.

  5. The article says nothing about who controls these funds?

    The courts, the schools?

    Dear God, not the County Health Board

  6. Every time the Federal Government awards a grant be sure to look at the US National Debt clock in real time.

    The Debt Clock is not a govt agency, or funded by or affiliated with any politically active party, organization, or lobbying group.

    And here are a few snippets from Wikipedia about the National Debt.

    On June 28, 2013, debt held by the public was approximately $11.901 trillion or about 71.43% of GDP.[4][5]

    Intragovernmental holdings stood at $4.837 trillion, giving a combined total public debt of $16.738 trillion.[4]

    As of January 2013, $5.6 trillion or approximately 47% of the debt held by the public was owned by foreign investors, the largest of which were the People’s Republic of China and Japan at just over $1.1 trillion each.[6]

  7. It always frustrates me when I hear about some organization receiving a grant.

    I know, some actually need the money to survive.

    People act like it’s “free money” that magically comes from somewhere.

    It comes right from the taxpayer.

  8. Where do you get off calling Leslie Schermerhorn a fool?

    She completes the myriad of paperwork to get a grant (which is available to any and all counties in the state) for over $600,000 and you think she is a fool?

    Do you not think there is a drug problem in our schools? Using the funds to hire people to address the issue makes sense to me.

    This money is to help the children in McHenry County.

    What are your ideas? What are your qualifications?

    How would you try to take care of the problem?

    If you can do a better job, why don’t you apply for Regional Superintendent position?

    What are your credentials? Have you taught school?

    Do you have a graduate degree in education? Do you have a administrative degree? How about a law degree?

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