NASA is the Local Coordinating Council (LCC) for Hancock County. Every county in the state of Indiana has an LCC that falls under the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. NASA was established in May of 1990 and became a 501-(c)(3) non-profit in 1999. NASA has a board of directors, coalition members, a youth council, an executive director, and several agencies who are community partners. Our coalition has many responsibilities and activities within our community.
As the LCC for Hancock County, NASA oversees the disbursement of the Local Drug Free Community Fund money. Each fall, a grant process is held, and agencies can apply for grants to address the substance abuse issues in 3 areas: Prevention/Education, Treatment/Intervention, and Justice/Law Enforcement. The funds being awarded are offender fees collected when someone is convicted of an OWI or a drug charge. Grant applications must address one of the substance abuse issues identified in NASA’s comprehensive community plan.
NASA is also currently in the 3rd year of a Drug Free Communities Support Grant. This is a federal capacity building grant that is designed to assist communities in the reduction of youth substance abuse issues. This grant has allowed NASA to bring attention to the substance abuse issues facing our community, as well as assist in educating youth, parents, and the general community about these issues. This is a 5 year grant. Under this grant NASA is addressing underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription/over-the-counter drug abuse.
There are many opportunities to get involved with NASA. If you would like to become a part of our coalition in any way, feel free to contact our office.