20 municipalities in the state, including Bethel, are receiving federal grants to prevent youth substance use. In announcing the funding Monday, Governor Dannel Malloy said the federal grants support Second Chance initiatives to reduce crime, improve public safety, and end the school-to-prison pipeline.
Bethel is receiving $125,000 for Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse. The total $2.7 million comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
It will provide local community coalitions with substance use prevention funding. Malloy says these Drug-Free Communities grants will help strengthen collaboration among communities, local, state, and non-profit agencies to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. Malloy says that will prevent crime.