H. R. 5916
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 28, 2010
Mr. Salazar (for himself, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Rehberg, and Ms. Markey of Colorado) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To establish a methamphetamine prevention campaign grant program.
This Act may be cited as the
Methamphetamine Prevention Campaign
Grant Program Act of 2010.
Findings and purpose
Congress finds that—
methamphetamine is a leading drug threat to the United States;
crime related to methamphetamine abuse continues to increase, as reported by county sheriffs;
law enforcement reporting indicates that methamphetamine users commonly engage in identity theft to acquire personal information of another person, which the methamphetamine users either sell or exchange for methamphetamine;
the prevalence of identity theft is rising in many areas where rates of methamphetamine distribution and abuse are high or increasing;
methamphetamine laboratories pose a dangerous threat in terms of toxicity, severe environmental and property damage, violence, and public safety;
methamphetamine use places an excessive burden on law enforcement and local government resources;
24 percent of teens nationally report it would be easy or somewhat easy to obtain methamphetamine;
33 percent of teens believe there is only slight or no risk to trying methamphetamines once or twice;
16 percent of teens have a friend or a family member that has used methamphetamines or been treated for methamphetamine abuse;
the annual economic burden of methamphetamine use in the United States is estimated at between $16,200,000,000 and $48,300,000,000 annually;
methamphetamine creates and increases government and individual expenditures on treatment, healthcare, and foster care services, as well as methamphetamine-related unemployment, child neglect or abuse, and other social issues;
the estimated annual cost of methamphetamine-related crime and criminal justice expenditures in the United States is $4,200,000,000; and
there are currently no particular pharmacological treatments for dependence on methamphetamine.
It is the purpose of this Act to provide adequate resources for the Department of Justice to implement a methamphetamine prevention campaign in States with a critical methamphetamine problem, that will incorporate a broad range of community outreach programs to mobilize communities to assist in methamphetamine awareness and prevention activities that educate youth on the risks and consequences of methamphetamine use.
Methamphetamine prevention campaign grant program
The Attorney General may make grants to States, units of local government, or private nonprofit organizations (referred to in this section as eligible entities) to establish a methamphetamine prevention campaign, which shall be aimed at teenagers.
A grant made under this section shall not be in an amount more than $2,000,000 per fiscal year.
A grant made under this section shall be for a period of 1 year.
Use of funds
A grant made under this section may be used for—
producing and developing television, radio, Internet, and print advertisements and educational materials;
acquiring placement of advertisements for a methamphetamine prevention campaign;
community outreach to motivate community involvement in methamphetamine education;
the benchmark study and periodic surveys required under subsection (c); and
qualitative research to assist in the development and testing of—
the messaging of a methamphetamine prevention campaign; and
the effectiveness of methamphetamine education.
An eligible entity receiving a grant under this section shall conduct a quantitative statewide benchmark survey of a statistically significant sample at the beginning of a methamphetamine prevention campaign conducted by the eligible entity to capture attitudes and behaviors related to methamphetamine throughout the State in which the eligible entity is located.
Beginning not more than 2 years after the completion of the benchmark study required under paragraph (1), an eligible entity receiving a grant under this section shall periodically conduct follow-up studies consistent with the benchmark study described in paragraph (1) to track changes in attitudes and behaviors related to methamphetamine and assist in the development of methamphetamine prevention advertising and other outreach activities directed at teens.
Each eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Attorney General at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Attorney General may reasonably require.
Each application submitted under paragraph (1) shall include—
a plan for implementing a methamphetamine prevention campaign, that shall include specific strategies for preventing or reducing methamphetamine use by youth, based on research-based interventions tailored to reaching youth and changing the behavior of youth;
an assurance that, in developing and implementing a methamphetamine prevention campaign, the eligible entity shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, consult and coordinate with Federal, State, and local agencies, departments, and organizations to build broad community-based support;
a private fund-raising strategy; and
such additional assurances as the Attorney General determines to be essential to ensure compliance with the requirements of this section.
In making grants under this section, the Attorney General shall give priority to eligible entities that—
are addressing widespread methamphetamine use or an emerging threat of widespread methamphetamine use;
have dedicated personnel to oversee the implementation and execution of a methamphetamine prevention campaign; and
demonstrate an ability to provide quality-tested television and print copy.
The Federal share of the cost of an activity described in the application submitted under subsection (d) that is carried out with a grant under this section shall be not more than 50 percent.
The non-Federal share of payments under this section may be in cash or in-kind.
Reports to Congress
Not later than 120 days after the last day of each fiscal year in which 1 or more grants are made under this section, the Attorney General shall submit to Congress a report that shall include—
a summary of the activities carried out with grants made under this section;
an assessment by the Attorney General of the programs carried out; and
any other information the Attorney General considers appropriate.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.