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CCAP Awarded $625,000 to Combat Youth Substance Abuse

Grant From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cranston, R.I., November 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently announced that Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) was awarded a grant totaling $625,000 to establish a Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) in the City of Cranston. CCAP’s Cranston Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force will receive $125,000 each year for the next five years for a total of $625,000.

The award, which is administered through the federal agency’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Protection (CSAP) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under the Executive Office of the President, will enable CCAP to identify and implement appropriate evidence-based programs, policies and procedures that are proven to decrease youth substance abuse. The Cranston Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force (CSAPTF) will administer and manager the grant. Members of the Task Force include representatives of the City, the Cranston School District, the Cranston Police Department and other key Cranston community service providers, concerned citizens and local leaders.

Since the DFC was established nationally in 1997, over 2000 prevention coalitions across the United States have been formed. The philosophy behind the program is that local drug problems require local solutions. Analysis of established coalitions shows that youth substance abuse is significantly lower where DFC funds have been invested.

Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) is a private, nonprofit community action agency formed under the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act and is one of the largest organizations in Rhode Island that is dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. As the

“Community’s Helping Hand”, CCAP’s array of programs and services assist individuals and families when times are tough and provides them the assistance during difficult times as they work towards personal and economic self-sufficiency. CCAP began helping the people of Cranston in 1965 and has since expanded to provide numerous programs and services throughout the State of Rhode Island. The agency employs over 350 with an operating budget of over $33 million dollars. Last year CCAP touched the lives of over 40,000 Rhode Islanders. For more information about CCAP go to

Cranston Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force Contact:
Dana DeVerna, Coordinator
CCAP Cranston Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force