The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) in the U.S. Department of Education, administers, coordinates and recommends policy in order to improve the quality and excellence of programs and activities focused on creating and maintaining substance-free schools.
Department of Health and Human Services
The Department of Health and Human Services is a federal department with many agencies including:
National Institute of Health (NIH) is the federal focal point for health research, specifically medical and behavioral for the nation. NIH offers many resources on drug and alcohol use.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides testing, treatment and recovery assistance to those abusing substances and needing mental health services.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) focuses on establishing policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. They aim to reduce both drug use and manufacturing and trafficking of drugs, which will reduce related crimes and violence and other health consequences.
"Parents. The Anti-Drug" is designed to provide parents and caregivers with the tools they would need to keep their kids off of drugs. The site provides scientific information, advice, support and true teen perspectives for parents. The campaign is sponsored by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing, Federally funded study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of some 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed.
Other associations and organizations featured on the February 2005 Education News
The Partnership for a Drug-free America is a group of communication professionals that work to reduce illicit drug use and help keep people leading healthy, drug-free lives. They use research-based educational campaigns to provide tips, guides, sources and stories to help support parents.
Originally started as a group of mothers, MADD participants are very diverse with many different chapters and voices all over the country. They are one of the leading groups focusing on fighting against drunk driving, supporting the victims' rights and preventing underage drinking rather than against general drinking.
The National Student Assistance Association represents the interests of thousands of professionals across the United States that are interested in student achievement, academic success, and general safety of school aged children and keeping students substance free.
The Helping Your Child publication series focuses on providing parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and in life. Two titles of particular interest are "Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen" and "Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence."
On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about public school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.
Tools for Student Success: Selected Publications for Parents and Teachers This catalog provides brief descriptions of a number of publications featuring the latest research and most effective practices in subjects such as reading, homework, and staying drug free, as well as information on how to obtain these publications in hard copy or online.
No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide This is the essential guide for parents, and provides answers to questions about No Child Left Behind and what the law means for parents, in an accessible and easy to understand format.
Questions Parents Ask About Schools This pamphlet provides answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as Getting Ready for School, Monitoring School Work, Helping with Reading, and Working with Schools and Teachers.
Deborah Price is the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Price oversees the Department's activities related to school safety, crisis response, alcohol and drug prevention, student health and well-being, character education, and citizenship. Previous to her current appointment, Ms. Price served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Federal Student Aid, which delivers financial assistance to more than nine million students and families, and as the Executive Director of the Secretary's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics.
Beverly Watts Davis is the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. CSAP works in partnership with Federal agencies, State and local government, and public and private sector organizations to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, alcohol abuse and tobacco use by building resilience among young people and promoting protective factors in communities nationwide. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Ms. Davis was the Senior Vice President of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, as well as Executive Director of its San Antonio Fighting Back Anti-Drug Community Coalition.
Alison Adler is the Chief of Safety and Learning Environment in the Department of Safe Schools for the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. Dr. Adler has published numerous articles and was featured in Education Week, October 31, 2002, for her Single School Culture initiative. Dr. Adler co-authored the Florida Department of Education's School Staff Guide to Risk and Resiliency and presents nationally on the topics of Risk and Resiliency, Single School Culture, and Violence Prevention. She is a former teacher, Assistant Principal, and Drop-Out Prevention Manager.
Jo Ann Burkholder is the Student Assistance Program Administrator for the Roanoke County Schools in Roanoke, Virginia. Ms. Burkholder is the past President of the Association of Virginia Student Assistance Professionals and is President-Elect of National Student Assistance Association. Student Assistance Programs (SAPs) are a comprehensive model of delivering K-12 prevention, identification, early intervention, and support services and focus on developing a safe, disciplined and drug-free environment by reducing risk factors and promoting protective factors in order to help students become more successful in school.
Brent Fleming is a freshman at Northside High School in Roanoke, Virginia. Brent recently took part in Northside's "Youth in Action" student workshops that focus on improving the school culture, conflict resolution and reducing drug and alcohol use among teens. Brent is accompanied by his mother Peggy Inez Fleming. Mrs. Fleming has long been involved in her sons' education and is presently the vice-president of the PTA at Northside High School. Mrs. Fleming owns and manages her own catering business in Roanoke.
Wendy Hamilton is the President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Ms. Hamilton is a longtime volunteer, launched into activism through the tragedy of her family's three separate drunk driving crashes. Her leadership experience, passionate personal convictions and service at the local and national levels helped support countless drunk driving victims, pass important legislation including setting the national illegal drunk driving standard at .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), as well as launching MADD's youth programs and policies to reduce underage drinking.
Bill Modzeleski is the Associate Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. In his position, Mr. Modzeleski is involved in the design and development of drug, alcohol and violence prevention programs, and activities that affect school health-related issues. Prior to his current position, Mr. Modzeleski served as Executive Director of the National Commission on Drug-Free Schools and has 25 years of experience at the local and Federal levels in criminal and juvenile justice.
Stephenie W. Colston serves jointly as the Director's Senior Advisor for Demand Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and as the Senior Advisor for Substance Abuse for the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ms. Colston has over 25 years' experience in substance abuse and mental health management, programming, and financing in both the public and private sectors.