CDC DFC Northport/East Northport Community Drug & Alcohol Task Force

As a recipient of federal funding from the CDC Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, CN Guidance & Counseling Services has partnered with The Northport-East Northport Community Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DATF) to provide the fiscal oversight necessary to aid the DATF in strengthening community-wide collaboration to prevent and reduce substance use among youth in that community. 

The mission of the DATF is to prevent and reduce the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol among our community youth by using a comprehensive approach to engage and educate children, parents, and community members.

The DATF’s objectives are to:

  1. Inform the public about alcohol and other drug-related issues
  2. Promote alternative activities for youth in order to reduce risk factors
  3. Provide information and referral to community resources
  4. Identify needs and find ways to meet those needs and coordinate appropriate services

The partnership allows for the DATF to carry out its mission by using a comprehensive approach to engage and educate children, parents and community members.

About DATF

Activities and events provided by the DATF throughout the year include, but are not limited to:

  • Medication collections in partnership with local libraries and the police to reduce risk and provide protection to the environment.
  • An annual Color Run which marks the beginning of Recovery, Awareness and Prevention (RAP) week, a local school district-wide campaign. The Color Run participants come together to run or walk a short course while they’re doused in color.
  • Naloxone trainings to the DATF community.
  • Mental Health First Aid training to the DATF community.


  • A Pre-Prom Parent/Student Education at the Northport High School.
  • Northport High School Wellness Week.
  • Promote our 1Life Youth Coalition activities to raise awareness about drug/alcohol use as well as mental health
  • Promote annual International Overdose Awareness day and September as Recovery Month – education and awareness
  • Environmental Scans with 1Life (Beach Clean ups).
  • Active Parenting program – an evidence-based parent education program that provides the skills needed to use effective discipline, teach youth responsibility, and communicate with their children.


Linda Oristano, Program Coordinator

Tel:  516-361-6540