Problem Statements

Statement 1: Illicit use of alcohol and drugs, including marijuana create a myriad of problems for the youth of Dearborn County.

Statement 2:  Methamphetamine use is increasing in our county.

Statement 3:  Lack of community awareness & understanding of the available resources for substance abuse and addiction for individuals and families of Dearborn County.


Indiana State Statute guides the grant process that all local coordinating councils use including CASA. 

All grants are funded through countermeasure fees and fines on alcohol and drug charges collected through local court systems. In September of each year, Dearborn County Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) sets their local budget based on money that has been collected and from that money: 25% is for prevention/education grants; 25% is for law enforcement grants; and 25% goes for treatment grants.

The grant process itself opens in October and the grant is due on the first Monday in November of each year. While you are not required to be a member of CASA to apply, it is encouraged that you learn what problem statements we are trying to address and they are listed in the grant application.

CASA also encourages the use of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets and that information is included in the grant as well.

It is important to follow the directions carefully including submitting the correct number of copies and a budget for your program. It is important to be aware that we support evidenced based programming before any other type of program.

We have a grant committee that reviews the grants, schedules interviews, and makes recommendations to the membership in December. The membership then votes on their recommendations. After that they are submitted to the County Commissioners and the State of Indiana for approval. The grant funds are awarded in late January or mid February.

*All Law Enforcement Grants must include a support letter from their Chiefs