Overview of Drug-Free Communities Grant, Gail Gramarossa. Last meeting, we talked about stakeholder interviews, but didn't really delve into why we're looking for all this community input. Gail introduced the Drug-Free Communities grant, a federal grant of $125,000/year for five years that supports evidence-based substance use reduction and prevention work.
The SUTF is still deciding whether or not we want to apply for this grant. It's a big reward but it takes a lot of work; even Gail admitted that it can be "overwhelming" at the outset.
In order to begin collecting the kind of data we'll need to apply for the grant (if we decide to apply for it,) we'll begin collecting success stories or "success moments" - a documentation of initiatives, collaborations and outreach. These will be posted in a collective Google Doc, which Dane will set up this week. You can also use our Contact Form to submit these successes.
Right now, Hampshire HOPE is primarily focusing on data, statistics and logistics; they're developing a logic model, which is a tool that can be used to measure the effectiveness of a program.
The District Attorney's office is very interested in creating a way for first responders to report information about overdoses in real-time.
Cherry spent some time asking the Task Force about our communitiy's specific needs. Her questions were a welcome forum for our members, who got to voice concerns, frustrations, and hopes for the future.
Next Meeting: Monday May 18 at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, 8:30am. Dane Kuttler facilitates, Ed Schreiber takes minutes.
here is the powerpoint presentation about the drug free communities grant: