This week, we made a few exciting announcements! For those of you who missed our press release, we wanted to share the news!
Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition has been awarded with a grant from Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim). This grant is focused on Drug and Opioid Abuse. The purpose of Aim is to foster, promote and advocate for the success of Hoosier Municipalities as laboratories of innovation, hubs of talent, and the engines driving our state's economy. The Aim grant program is a micro-grant program and prescription drug disposal program to assist Hoosier municipalities in executing strategies aimed at stemming addiction and abuse in their communities.
Aim's funding comes from a $50,000 grant from Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI). RALI Indiana is an alliance of local, state and national organizations committed to finding solutions to end the opioid crisis in Indiana. JCDPC was awarded the max amount allocated of $5,000. This grant will be used to fund flyers, handouts, leave-behinds, etc., that provide available resources on addiction prevention, response and treatment. JCDPC was supported by Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman to receive this funding.
JCDPC has also been awarded a grant from the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission (TPC) of the Indiana State Department of Health. This two-year grant will bring $65,000 of funding over the 2 years to Jay County to focus on Indiana's statewide strategy of prevention of youth tobacco use, helping tobacco users quit, and increasing smoke free environments in Hoosier communities to create a healthier Indiana. This grant will require JCDPC to hire another individual to focus solely on the initiatives of TPC.
Further, JCDPC has been awarded a non-monetary resource. JCDPC will be given 2,000 Drug Deactivation Systems to disseminate into the community. These systems called DETERRA are safe, easy to use, and they are powered by Molecular Adsorption Technology (MAT12®). Each environmentally friendly system has been proven to neutralize up to 45 pills, 6oz. of liquids or 6 patches.