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Overview: State Level Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiatives
Maine’s Safe & Drug-Free Schools Program and Building State Capacity Grant:
Effective July 1, 2010 Congress de-funded the Safe & Drug-Free Schools Program (SDFS).
The SDFS Program was also known as Title IV-A of the federal Elementary & Secondary Education Act.
Maine school systems had been receiving SDFS funds for 23 years. For school year 2009-10, the last year of funding, Maine school districts received a total of $1,058,971.
While funded, the purpose of the SDFS program was to prevent violence in and around schools and to strengthen programs that prevented the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
In 2010, in an effort to help bridge the gap left by the loss of SDFS funding, Maine applied for and was awarded a one-year $125,000 Building State Capacity Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The primary goals of the Building State Capacity Grant were to::
1. Continue and strengthen the lengthy partnership between the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and the Maine Department of Education.
2. Enlist the support of other state agencies in creating a workgroup to develop a strategic plan to address substance abuse and violence prevention in Maine’s schools.
A link to the strategic plan that the workgroup developed will be available on this page in October 2011.