Abstract of Grant Recipients
Fiscal Year 2010
The purpose of the Building State Capacity for Preventing Youth Substance Use and Violence program is to provide competitive grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to build and sustain capacity to prevent youth substance use and violence and support collaboration between SEAs and other State agencies that are involved in efforts to prevent these problems. Funds must be used to enhance the capacity of State agencies to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in their efforts to create and sustain a safe and drug-free school environment.
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
The project will use funds to build capacity to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in the prevention of youth substance use and violence through a supportive collaboration with other prevention agencies within the State of Alaska. Funds will also be used for the development of 2 eLearning modules in collecting and reporting disciplinary data and crisis response, as well as web-based school health and safety resources for LEAs.
California Department of Education
California Department of Education (CDE) will use funds to maintain state capacity for preventing youth substance use and school violence in California. The project will allow CDE to assist LEAs in their efforts to maintain their school-based prevention programs serving 6.2 million students in California. Also, funds will be used to disseminate information to site level practitioners; provide knowledge of practices for infusing prevention and school climate activities into the academic curriculum; provide statewide leadership in alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention; assist LEAs with creating partnerships to maximize use of resources; and create linkages and increase opportunities to collaborate at the state and local level.
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Department of Education (CDE) will use funds to build capacity internally and externally to continue services and information dissemination. CDE will partner with the Division of Behavioral Health and the Colorado School Safety Resource Center to provide prevention services and comprehensive resources to local educational agencies.
Delaware Department of Education
The project will use funds to continue to work in partnership with the state agencies and stakeholders and focus on the goals and objectives on the same priorities with an expanded focus on youth. The agency will work collaboratively with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to expand stakeholders to include representatives for local educational agencies and create data tools to help school districts determine needs and advocate for services. Schools will become partners in prevention, and the health and social needs of youth will be assessed and integrated in the school improvement process. A State infrastructure will help create relationships between the Department, and other State agencies and communities so that services can be sustained. The project will also use funds to support the Division of Child Mental Health/Office of Prevention and Early Intervention to expand quality professional development opportunities to teachers and youth service providers and create an online tool to help access resources and education materials.
Florida Department of Education
Florida Department of Education will use funds to strengthen state and local-level capacity and infrastructure, while also supporting collaboration efforts between the SEA and other state agencies that participate in efforts to prevent youth substance use and violence.
Georgia Department of Education
Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will use funds to create and maintain a School Climate Leadership Team at the state level to coordinate work being done between departments and support partners both inside and outside the GaDOE to provide safe and supportive school environments and improve academic achievement; create and maintain safe and healthy school environments necessary to promote school achievement; and prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and violence in all Georgia schools. GaDOE has established collaborative efforts with numerous state agencies to ensure safe learning environments for its students.
Idaho State Department of Education
Idaho Department of Education will use funds to implement a structure of support, technical assistance, communication and guidance for schools and communities to partner in order to function more efficiently and effectively to cultivate healthy decision making among youth. The project intends to raise the level of awareness, knowledge and skill set of students, school staff and community stakeholders around how to mitigate and prevent underage drinking, suicide, bullying and truancy to ensure safe learning environments.
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will use funds to increase capacity to prevent youth substance abuse and violence in Illinois schools. Illinois will collaborate with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to increase LEA capacity to create and sustain a safe and drug-free school environment. ISBE and IDHS will work with Prevention First to help ensure that all local educational agencies in the state are aware and have access to the free prevention materials, resources, library services, and the Prevention First clearinghouse. Statewide services will include the dissemination of information, tools and resources; technical assistance; training; and professional development.
Indiana Department of Education
The project will use funds to further develop the prevention infrastructure that been built on a solid foundation of collaboration among state-level agencies and programs that are the key stakeholders in prevention. This agency will continue to work with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA); the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC); the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy (ISSSA); and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to provide resources and services to its local educational agencies to ensure safe environments for all students in Indiana.
Iowa Department of Education
Des Moines, IA
The project will use funds to establish a multi-agency state-wide plan for creating safe, healthy, and caring learning environments to prevent substance use and violence; establish a process to support schools to implement a continuous improvement process to analyze data to identify appropriate and effective interventions for substance use and violence; and establish a training and communication plan to support statewide infrastructure and support.
Kansas State Department of Education
The project will use funds to build capacity to support local educational agencies (LEAs) in the prevention of youth substance use and violence through a supportive collaboration with other prevention agencies within the State of Kansas. The project will also assist LEAs in addressing short term and intermediate goals, and capacity-building efforts will be created through technology-based learning tools.
Louisiana Department of Education
Baton Rouge, LA
The project will use funds to collaborate with other state agencies to strengthen the support of local educational agencies to provide prevention education services, programs, resources, practices, and policies in school districts statewide.
Maine Department of Education
Maine Department of Education will use funds to reduce youth affected by substance abuse and violence through the coordination of a systemic assessment process of state-level programs and services that play a role in youth substance abuse and violence prevention. Also, funds will be used to enhance the communication, collaboration, and the usage of resources throughout the State.
Michigan Department of Education
This project will help schools implement and sustain a complex change process that will address substance use, violence, and related mental health issues systemically as part of a positive school climate that will promote academic achievement. The proposed project and the State’s strategic plan will provide a sustainable infrastructure of partnerships and capacity within the State to provide resources and training to schools in preventing programming.
Minnesota Department of Education
The project will use funds to enhance the capacity of the Department of Education and its state agency partners to provide leadership and support to schools and their community partners on policies, practices and programs; increase the capacity of public and non-public schools and their community partners to enhance and sustain comprehensive evidence-based strategies; expand and enhance partnerships among state level governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations to ensure ongoing, effective collaboration; and increase the knowledge and support decision makers and the public about the connections between health and learning to achieve lifelong success.
Montana Office of Public Instruction
The project will use funds to enhance its support of efforts by the local educational agencies to prevent substance abuse and violence in Montana’s schools. Montana will partner with Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to launch Montana’s Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (MSAVP) Task Force.
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Department of Education will use funds to build statewide capacity to support schools and districts in preventing youth violence and substance use. Also, funds will be used to develop a framework for promoting a positive learning environment by improving the coordination of prevention activities in school and communities.
New Hampshire Department of Education
New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) will use funds to build collaboration within the programs of the NHDOE; build collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol to develop education and prevention training for schools and communities; develop evidence-based resource guides for schools and communities; and provide technical assistance and high-quality professional development to schools and communities. A train-the-trainer model supported by a comprehensive web-based resource guide will be used to foster sustainability of the efforts at the local level.
New Mexico Public Education Department
Santa Fe, NM
The project will use funds to facilitate the development of a sustainable, prevention focused infrastructure that will build partnerships between state agencies, schools, and community-based organizations to continue to strengthen schools in creating safe, discipline and drug-free learning environments that promote academic achievement.
Ohio Department of Education
The project will use funds to enhance and sustain Ohio’s state infrastructure to support effective efforts to prevent youth drug use and violence. Ohio will work collaboratively with state, local, and community partners to encourage safe and drug-free learning environments that support academic achievement for Ohio students.
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma Department of Education will use grant funds to provide technical assistance to schools, prepare and deliver staff development and community education training, collect data to apply for additional grants, locate funding sources, and maximize the resources of the state educational agency and its multiple partners. The agency will work with Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to build capacity in providing technical assistance to Oklahoma’s 529 local educational agencies to prevent drug, alcohol, substance abuse, and violence prevention.
Oregon Department of Education
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will use funds to build and sustain state and district capacity to prevent youth substance use. ODE will build upon its partnership with Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), to foster ongoing community of collaboration between agencies in support of substance use and violence prevention in Oregon schools.
Pennsylvania Department of Education
This project will expand Pennsylvania’s infrastructure to prevent drug use and violence while addressing the state’s Standard Aligned System’s Intervention component through collaboration and training of key components of the Pennsylvania Network for Student Assistance Services (Network). Pennsylvania will collaborate with the Departments of Health and Public Welfare on drug and violence issues. This project will also build the capacity of schools to establish student assistance core teams that are appropriately trained and address students’ needs,
Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) will partner with other state agencies (mental health and substance abuse prevention) to enhance and sustain the created institutionalized infrastructure at state and local levels designed to prevent youth substance use and violence.
South Carolina Department of Education
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) will use funds to build statewide capacity to support schools and districts in preventing youth violence and substance use. SCDE will partner with South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) and the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide ongoing services and training to enhance the capacity of educators to recognize and address youth violence and substance use and to access available state and local levels programs and resources across the state.
Virginia Department of Education
The project will use funds to develop training, technical assistance, school climate guidelines and standards, and a plan to enhance and sustain state prevention and early intervention infrastructure.
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The project will use funds to strengthen the state prevention infrastructure and maintain its sustainability through the achievement of five goals: strengthen school-based prevention in Washington’s five-year state strategic prevention plan; strengthen collaboration across state prevention agencies; strengthen collaboration among the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Student Support Supervisors; strengthen collaboration with the Educational Service District Prevention Centers; and provide ongoing technical assistance to local educational agencies.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The project will use funds to increase the capacity of K-12 educators to implement evidence- based drug and violence prevention programs, maintaining resources that support school-based drug and violence programs; maintain resources to support school-based drug and violence prevention programs; and coordinate state and regional activities to support professional development.