Safe's Drug-Free Action Team (DFAT) Coalition
Proud to Be Drug-Free!
The Drug Free Communities Support Program is nationally recognized for its success in achieving reduced drug use and misuses in communities throughout the country to levels lower than the national average. The DFC is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use by providing grants to community coalitions like Safe's DFAT to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. As a nationally recognized and federally funded DFC grant recipient, DFAT is confident in the pursuit of our mission and rising to the challenge of creating youth substance use prevention resources for our community.
The purpose of DFC funding is to address two major goals for coalitions:
1) Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and Federal, state, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions, and
2) Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, among adults.
Work We Do
Safe Yakima Valley's DFAT serves as a Yakima County-wide convening organization tasked with building strategic partnerships, facilitating collaborative planning efforts, and coordinating resources to measurably reduce drug, alcohol and tobacco availability/accessibility among youth in our community. Safe Yakima Valley will continue to work with local law enforcement agencies, the DEA, local schools, treatment providers, and other community members to develop and disseminate educational materials for youth and community audiences to increase awareness about the harms of youth marijuana use, the dangers of alcohol and prescription drug misuse, and mental health issues and resources in Yakima County. Safe will also provide necessary training to new coalition members and staff and ongoing training to existing coalition members and staff to ensure they are knowledgeable about local issues and informed on the strategies to effectively address the local problems. Using data from the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, Safe will implement programs to address youth tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug use/misuse through a variety of strategies and campaigns to achieve our mission and vision.
DFAT has a twelve sector membership responsible for overseeing the implementation of the activities of the grant. The 12 sectors are: youth, parents, business, media, school, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, religious/faith-based, civic, healthcare, local/state/tribal government agencies, and other local organizations involved in reducing substance misuse. Representatives/volunteers from the 12 sectors organize and meet to address local youth substance use. Together, as a coalition, they are driven by local conditions to implement local solutions that will build a safe, healthy, and drug-free community.
Get Involved Today!
You can make a difference! Contact us for more information about our coalition work and/or to join our coalition. For only 1 hour per month and a few events per year, you can be part of the change!
"Talk. They Hear You."
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