The Northport East Northport Community Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DATF) was established in 2006 when the school board, led by trustee Rob Ingraham, called upon the community to help address the devastation and loss of life it had been facing around the drug epidemic. This immediate call to action resulted in the creation of our coalition with the mission of DATF to prevent and reduce the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol among our youth by using a comprehensive approach to engage and educate children, parents, and community members.
Although there is a strong link between the community, its members and our schools, the direct impact that alcohol and prescription pill use has had on our youth indicated our need to do more. In 2016, the DATF partnered with CN Guidance & Counseling Services and obtained a five year federally funded SAMHSA Drug Free Community grant; which allows DATF to focus more on a collaborative approach to engage community stakeholders and families for the purpose of protecting our youth. CN Guidance is a natural partner for our community as both its CEO Jeffrey Friedman and Division Director Mary Silberstein live in the community; with Mary also being a DATF member since its inception. To learn more about CN Guidance, please visit them at www.cnguidance.org