Welcome to the Pulaski County Drug Free Council Website!
Since the first meeting in 1989, the Pulaski County Drug Free Council has continued to be concerned with the alcohol and drug use among adults and youth in the county. In the past few years the Council has grown and has taken on the responsibility of becoming more accountable and organized. The By-Laws have been reviewed and followed, committees have been formed to delegate tasks, and efforts have been made to maintain a membership list that
represents a cross section of the county. Regular meetings are held throughout the year and the location alternates between the schools within the county. The membership list is much more stable than it has been in the past. The county is well represented by members from education, justice system, law enforcement, parents, treatment professionals, business leaders, clergy, social service, and other community agencies.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Pulaski County has a population of 13,614. This is a 1% decrease from 2000. The County is comprised of 4 towns. Winamac is the largest with a population of 2,464 residents. The majority of the residents are white and the median age of people living in the county is 41 years old. The number of school aged children (ages 5 – 17) is 2,427 and the number of youth aged 18-24 is 1,171. The poverty rate in 2009 was 13.1%. The March 2011 unemployment rate was 7.9% compared to 8.8% for the State. The median household income in 2009 was $44,483.
In 1989, Governor Bayh established the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana within the Criminal Justice Institute. This new commission's purpose was to lead Indiana's fight against alcohol and other drugs.That same year, 10 (now 6) regional offices and 92 Local Coordinating Councils (LCC)were formed. Each county has its own LCC - ours is the Pulaski County Drug Free Council (PCDFC).
To collaboratively network and support a county wide effort to reduce youth and adult use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
The Pulaski County Drug Free Council (PCDFC) acts as Pulaski County's Local Coordinating Council (LCC) of the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana. It strives with the concerns of all our population, but especially our youth, in the area of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuses in this community. Reaching the community in a helpful way in that Pulaski County may continue to be a safe and healthy place to live and raise families is its goal. The areas of prevention/education, law enforcement/justice, and treatment are the target areas to receive program funding by the Drug Free selected monies.
The membership of the PCDFC is representative of most LCCs and includes volunteers from a variety of institutions and organizations including education, treatment, social services, and local police. Youth, parents, and private businesses are also represented. New members are welcome.
The meetings of the PCDFC are open to the public. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 3:30PM. Meetings are held in the Pulaski County Justice Center In even months, and at the West Central School in odd months. Contact the Coordinator if interested in attending.
Each year, the PCDFC awards grant monies to the community for qualifying programs