The Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition (WVPC) was initiated in 2009 by the joint efforts of the Warwick Valley Community Center and the Warwick Valley School District. The Town of Warwick Police Department joined the coalition shortly after it began. Both the police and the school district have remained committed to the coalition. Since its inception, the coalition has also received technical assistance from the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services through the Mid-Hudson Prevention Resource Center. Over its 10 years of existence, the WVPC has become a well-recognized resource for the Warwick Valley School District, parents, students, community members and the media looking for information and programs about alcohol and other drugs; including signs, symptoms, effects, and current local and national trends; youth violence and self-harm; and prevention tools.
In September 2018, after receiving a Mentoring Grant two years prior, along with help from the Vernon Coalition, the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition was awarded the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant for $600,000 over the next 5 years. This has enabled us to hire full time staff to work towards achieving our goals and our mission of reducing substance misuse and drug prevention in our community.