About Us

Vernon ROCKS is a collaboration of community stakeholders, parents, youth, and volunteers, whose focus is to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol in Vernon’s youth by promoting protective factors and decreasing risk factors that contribute to substance use.

Vernon ROCKS, previously named the Vernon Drug and Alcohol Prevention Council, has been working to decrease youth substance use for over 20 years. Previously, the coalition had little funding and therefore was limited in its scope. With the awarding of a large substance abuse prevention grant for Vernon in late 2016, the coalition has since been able to expand its services. The coalition has gone through re-branding to be representative of a more positive and relatable name and logo. The name “Vernon ROCKS Coalition” was created by a group of Vernon young people who felt that the new name would draw peers to the group since it ties into “the rock” mentality already present in town, especially in the high school.

View our Vernon ROCKS brochure here:Vernon Rocks Coalition Brochure


Vernon ROCKS is funded by:

  • A Strategic Prevention Framework- Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS 2019) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), awarded to The Village for Families and Children.

  • A Partnership for Success (PFS 2015) grant from the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), awarded to The Village for Families & Children.
  • A State Targeted Response (STR) Mini-grant through the Capital Area Substance Abuse Council (CASAC)
  • A local prevention council mini-grant through the East of the River Action for Substance Abuse Elimination (ERASE)
  • A donation from the Exchange Club of Rockville

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