For the Healthy Harvey Drug-Free Communities Coalition, it is big news.

A grant award — $125,000 annualy for five years — from the federal government.

“We are very excited,” said Des Martens with Mirror, who helped write the grant. “We are going to impact Harvey County in amazing ways with strategies that are evidence-based to address our highest risk factors.”

A proposed action plan will be shared by coalition leadership with the coalition Sept. 26

 "This is all about prevention and underage use," Martens said.

The grant comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“I can not be more pleased with the way the adults of this community have come together — from leadership to parents to schools and all the sectors and with our youth as well,” Martens said. “We are ready to make a great impact.”

 U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) lauded the announcement — with six Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant recipients in the state of Kansas. The awards included three new grant recipients – totaling more than $710,000.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the and effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the DFC program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.

“The Drug-Free Communities Support Program is a time-tested and proven program that works to help prevent teenage drug abuse and addiction,” Sen. Moran said. “I am grateful for the work these six Kansas grantees do to educate Kansas teenagers about the brutal effects of drug addiction and am glad they will be receiving additional resources to help make an impact in their local communities. I appreciate the administration’s continued attention to combatting this crisis and I will continue working with my colleagues to help end the scourge of this epidemic.”

The Harvey County coalition was one of six groups in Kansas to receive grant funds. Groups in Reno, Sumner, Sedgwick, Riley and Osage counties were also selected for grant funds.