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Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 397
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES
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F.S. 397.998
397.998 Drug-free communities support match grants.
(1) PURPOSE.The purposes of drug-free communities match grants are to:
(a) Assist community coalitions in an effort to secure federal drug-free communities support program grants under Pub. L. No. 105-20.
(b) Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, to reduce substance abuse among adults.
(c) Enable community coalitions to strengthen collaboration efforts among public and private agencies to reduce substance abuse among youth.
(2) APPLICATION PROCESS.
(a) Contingent upon specific appropriations, the department shall establish a program to provide drug-free communities match grants.
(b) The grants shall be used for all or part of the match required for community coalitions to secure a federal drug-free communities support program grant.
(3) ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS.
(a) Community coalitions whose members have worked together on substance abuse reduction initiatives for a period of not less than 6 months are eligible to apply for match grant funds.
(b) The coalition must represent the targeted community and include at least one representative of each of the following groups: local Department of Children and Families official; youth; parents; business community; media; schools; organizations serving youth; law enforcement agencies; religious or fraternal organizations; civic and volunteer groups; health care professionals; other local or tribal governmental agencies with an expertise in the field of substance abuse, including, if applicable, the state authority with primary authority for substance abuse; and other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse.
(c) To demonstrate that the coalition meets the stated criteria, the applicant must submit examples or formal agreements, such as memorandums of understanding, previous newsletters or publications, or other examples of print media coverage that are dated within 6 months prior to submittal of the application.
(4) RELEASE OF FUNDS.Match grant funds shall be released as required by federal regulations to community coalitions upon documentation that a community coalition has been awarded a drug-free communities support program grant.
(5) IN-KIND MATCH.The department may provide other in-kind services or goods allowed by federal regulations in lieu of money, to achieve the purpose of this section.
History.s. 17, ch. 99-396; s. 45, ch. 2013-18; s. 119, ch. 2014-19.