The City of Melrose is pleased to announce it has been awarded a regional substance abuse prevention grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This $100,000 grant will provide funding for coordinated efforts to reduce underage drinking and other illegal drug use among the youth of Melrose, Malden, Medford, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winchester. The funding is available for up to seven years.
Each of these communities has made different efforts to combat these issues over the years. This grant will allow the communities to share resources and best practices, work toward consistent policies and laws, and use efficiencies of scale to provide messaging and services. This initiative will emphasize consistent, data-driven planning focused on implementing effective and sustainable strategies and interventions. The more experienced communities will have the opportunity to mentor other communities to enable all to have comprehensive, active community coalitions who can work together for our youth.
The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative is funded by the Substance and Mental Health Administration through the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This grant seeks to increase both the number and capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth addressing these substance abuse issues.