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LCC providing grants to area organizations

Sunday, November 18, 2007

As part of the Governor's Commission for a Drug Free Indiana, the Clay County Local Coordinating Committee (LCC) will be giving out grants to area organizations that help address the community's problems with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The LCC has three problem statements and corresponding plans on how to address these problems.

Any money that is given out by the LCC must be directly related to the problem statements.

The first problem in the county, according to the LCC statements, is the increasing problem with manufacturing, distributing and using methamphetamines.

The second problem statement says the county has "a substantial problem with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youths."

This includes the use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as under age drinking and smoking.

LCC also states Clay County has a problem with adults using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Through these statements, the LCC can use state funds, which come from fees for driving under the influence and drug arrests, to assist programs that try to end the issues with drugs that are facing the county.

To be eligible for the grant money, a representative from the group or organization applying must attend seven of the LCC's meetings per year.

For those eligible this year, the application deadline is Nov. 30.

LCC coordinator Rhonda Alstott said she'd like to see more participation from the communities around the county.

The committee is looking for groups that have found success in preventing or treating drug problems, because they would bring "new ways to tackle an old problem."

At a recent meeting, the LCC chose its focus goals for 2008.

Alstott said the committee will be shifting focus to underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the middle and high schools in 2008.

Student group Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Clay County Sheriff's Department have used LCC grants the past few years.

Money is distributed for prevention, treatment and law enforcement through the grants.

"This is the type of job where you would love to work your way out of a job," Alstott said about LCC's work.

Those interested in working with the LCC may call Alstott at 448-1165 for more information.

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