LA CRESCENTA — The Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition on Tuesday was awarded a major federal grant that will total $625,000 over the next five years as they work to thwart substance abuse among local teens.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy selected the coalition and 168 other groups to receive the funding after determining they had show "significant reductions" in substance abuse over a 30-day period for teenagers, said the agency's spokesman, Daren Briscoe.
"They have demonstrated their usefulness and results in helping to reduce youth substance use," he said of the groups.
The coalition will get $125,000 every year for five years, with the first check issued Sept. 30, he said.
To receive the grant, the coalition had to supply the agency with extensive data on drugs and alcohol, Briscoe said.
The coalition also had to prove that they had been working at least six months on reducing youth substance abuse, that they represented 12 different community groups, had developed a long-term plan for reducing youth substance abuse and commit to participating in a national evaluation, he added.