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Criminal Justice Reference: strat95b

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Federal grants are intended to provide funds to
States and localities for a variety of purposes.
Most are intended to allow State and local gov-
ernments to properly address problems that they
otherwise would be forced to give a lower priority
or perhaps not address at all. Federal grants also
are provided to guarantee a minimum standard of
living by providing direct Federal transfers to indi-
viduals. Furthermore, they provide a more equi-
table distribution of revenues among the States for
national program priorities.

The Crime Control Act provides additional fund-
ing to help States and localities meet the chal-
lenges of reducing illicit drug use and its
consequences. Funds totaling more than $30.2
billion over a 6-year period are authorized for pro-
grams such as the Edward Byrne Memorial State
and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program,
the Drug Courts Program, Residential Substance

Abuse Treatment for State Prisoner Grants, Public
Safety and Community Policing Grants, and so
forth.1

Therefore, it is clear that Federal grants-
in-aid for drug control purposes will become
increasingly important to the delivery of services
for community-based drug control programs. It is
important that these grants be provided to recipi-
ents with Federal guidance and a minimum of reg-
ulation that promote the direct use of these funds
to reduce illicit drug use.

The Administration is committed to increasing
the level of cooperation between individuals and
organizations as they seek to address the problems
of drug use, distribution, and related violence. For
that reason, this Strategy
includes a series of aggressive
steps to enhance drug program
flexibility and efficiency at the
community level. To empower
State and local governments to
provide more effective services
at the community level, as well
as to reduce administrative bur-
den, the Administration is
proposing a consolidation and
restructuring of public health
programs. This proposal
includes streamlining prevention and treatment
funding provided through HHS’ Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration.
Consolidation and restructuring will give States
and localities more flexibility in addressing local
problems while maintaining the needed focus on
nationwide priorities.

This proposal to streamline treatment and preven-
tion funding would eliminate many Federal man-
dates and restrictions, giving States the needed
flexibility to target funding to high-priority com-
munities (those most in need of drug control pro-
grams) and to programs of proven effectiveness.
This proposal also would shift the focus from regu-
latory compliance to outcome and performance
measures. The Administration recognizes that the
States need flexibility to allocate funding to the
most successful programs, which enhance commu-
nity-based treatment and prevention services and
reduce the violence that prevails in the Nation’s

The Administration is
committed to increasing
the level of cooperation
between individuals and
organizations as they
seek to address the
problems of drug use,
distribution, and related
violence.

ACTION PLAN FOR ENHANCING DOMESTIC DRUG PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL

90 NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY

communities. More information about the Admin-
istration’s proposed consolidation of HHS’ drug
control resources may be found in Chapter IX.

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