Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced that Chenango Health Network would receive a Drug Free Communities grant of more than $100,000 per year for five years. The Drug Free Communities grant program provides grants to community organizations to strengthen partnerships in the region and help reduce youth substance abuse.

“Chenango Health Network is an incredible partner in the fight to end substance abuse,” Brindisi said. “Any child who has fallen into the harmful path of substance abuse needs to know there are qualified health professionals and community resources to help them deal with their addiction. With this grant, I am confident the Chenango Health Network will use this money to work across Chenango County to reduce substance abuse.”

Brindisi authored a letter of support for Chenango Health Network’s grant application. Brindisi’s efforts were praised by local advocates.

“Chenango Health Network on behalf of the Chenango Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (CSAPC) is pleased to have been awarded the Drug Free Communities grant,” said Chenango Health Network Executive Director Theresa Davis. “With the funds, CSAPC will work to prevent and reduce substance misuse among the youth in our community. Thank you to Congressman Anthony Brindisi for his support for Chenango Health Network, CSAPC and this initiative."

This year, Brindisi supported HR 3351, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act which included $100 million for the Drug-Free Communities Program.