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Highlights of the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997

On June 27, 1997, President Clinton signed into law The Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997. This Act will serve as a catalyst for increased citizen participation in our efforts to reduce substance abuse among our youth and provide community anti-drug coalitions with much needed funds to carry out their important missions.

Here are some of the highlights of the Act:

  • Requires grants to be made to coalitions of representatives of youth, parents, businesses, the media, schools, youth organizations, law enforcement, religious or fraternal organizations, civic groups, health care professionals, State, local, or tribal governmental agencies, and other organizations.

  • Requires the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in carrying out the Program, to: (1) make and track grants to grant recipients; (2) provide for technical assistance and training, data collection and dissemination of information on state-of-the-art practices that the Director determines to be effective in reducing substance abuse; and (3) provide for the general administration of the Program. Directs the Director to enter into contracts with national drug control agencies, including interagency agreements to delegate authority for the execution of grants and to carry out this Act. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1998 through 2002.

  • Sets forth specified criteria a coalition shall meet to be eligible to receive an initial or a renewal grant. Prescribes limitations concerning: (1) grant amounts; (2) coalition awards; and (3) rural coalition grants.

  • Grants the Program Administrator general auditing and data collection authority. Requires the minimization of reporting requirements by grant recipients.

  • Establishes the Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Director concerning activities carried out under the Program. Sets forth the duties of the Advisory Commission. Terminates the Advisory Commission at the end of FY 2002.

Drug Free Communities Program Summary

Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997