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The purpose of the Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse program is to provide resources for local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement innovative and effective alcohol abuse prevention programs for secondary school students. Activities must include one or more proven strategies for reducing underage alcohol abuse as determined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Grantees must provide an explanation of how activities that are not part of a SAMHSA-approved program will be effective in reducing underage alcohol abuse.


Sonoma County Office of Education, CA
Project Director: Lynn Garric
Contact No. 707-524-2802
Funding Amount: $363,327

This project will serve students and families in four comprehensive high schools and two continuation high schools in the Petaluma Joint Union High School District and the West Sonoma County Union High School District served by the Sonoma County Office of Education. Ninth grade students will participate in the science-based prevention curricula, Project Toward No Drug Abuse and a sample of students will participate in a second SAMHSA approved prevention and intervention program, Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students). All sites will also implement environmental strategies to address social norms in the community, which are all firmly based on research.

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program, CA
Project Director: Mary N. Camacho
Contact No. 760-482-2666
Funding Amount: $375,565

The project will work with three targeted continuation high schools to facilitate and implement two SAMSHA science-based programs, Project Toward No Drug Abuse and Project SUCCESS. The target population will be 9th -12th students working in alternative learning environments and their parents. The grantee will work with community agencies and families to refocus the delivery of services to students through community education and involvement of all key stakeholders to provide more comprehensive services.

Jefferson Union High School District, CA
Project Director: Dr. Michael J. Crilly
Contact No. 850-550-7969
Funding Amount: $370,000

The project will serve 3,200 students annually across three JUHSD high schools. It will implement Project SUCCESS and Communities Mobilizing for Change (CMCA), both SAMHSA model science-based programs. Project goals include decreased binge drinking rates and a greater awareness and disapproval on the part of youth in the district of the dangers of alcohol consumption. Local objectives also include promoting student's refusal skills and changes in local alcohol policies and practices in the community.


School Board of Pinellas County, FL
Project Director: Charlie Eubanks
Contact No. 727-588-6299
Funding Amount: $354,166

The project will target four large high schools and implement the SAMHSA science-based model program, Too Good for Drugs, and engage students in a peer-teaching component with middle school students to promote wellness and alcohol prevention. Pinellas will use the project to expand their work with families, law enforcement, community agencies, and pediatricians in a comprehensive prevention effort to curb alcohol use and abuse through stronger community partnerships. A new Advisory Council will guide the program planning, implementation and evaluation.


Mount Vernon Community Schools, IA
Project Director: Jeffrey Schwiebert
Contact No. 319-895-8845
Funding Amount: $361,514

This project is a comprehensive collaborative effort among the LEA and three rural districts. Using a three-component approach, the project will implement five SAMHSA model programs, provide assessment and counseling services in schools, and develop community-based partnerships. The science-based SAMHSA programs will include: Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol, Life Skills Training, Project Toward No Drug Abuse, Leadership and Resiliency Program, and Reconnecting Youth. The project will serve eight schools and over 1,800 students and families per year. Strategies include environmental interventions to reduce access to alcohol and leadership/resiliency skill building to prevent substance use.


Jefferson County Public Schools, KY
Project Director: Ann Clark Ferriell
Contact No. 502-245-4385
Funding Amount: $390,653

Project Zeroing in on Alcohol Prevention (ZAP) will serve an estimated 15,900 secondary students, 5,000 parents, and 135 teachers/staff each grant year. The project will provide services to 7th through 12th grades in 45 JCPS schools. The project will give students and families a systemic and cohesive district-wide message on alcohol prevention. At the 7th and 8th grade level, some schools will choose between two SAMSHA proven model programs, Project Northland or Life Skills Training Curriculum (LST). In all 15 middle schools and 22 high schools not teaching LST, JCPS will adopt Project Northland as the core prevention curriculum to be taught in all 9th grade health classes. The project also will address system-wide changes and involve community partners to increase the effectiveness of their prevention efforts.

Pulaski County School System, KY
Project Director: Wanda Gaskin
Contact No. 606-679-1123
Funding Amount: $314,761

This project will implement a multi-component approach including three research-based interventions to be implemented with targeted groups of students including youths in alternative school settings, student athletes, and school/court referred students. Customized trainings will target staff within the community such as coaches and alternative education personnel in order to build system-wide capacity. Community agencies will play a coalition role in building a comprehensive approach across environments.

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, KY
Project Director: Jeff Hawkins
Contact No. 606/439-1119 ext. 26
Funding Amount: $253,449

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative will implement a comprehensive alcohol abuse program for 334 students in grades 9-12 at Lee County High School and for 239 students in grades 9-12 at Owsley County High School. Both of these high schools are located in the Appalachian region. The program in both schools will focus on prevention education and implement the SAMHSA model programs, CLASS ACTION and Project SUCCESS. Other program components include marketing a community-wide vision through a prevention network of community-based programs, alternative drug-free activities, teacher training, and parent education.


Lansing School District, MI
Project Director: Sharon Banks
Contact No. 517-325-6007
Funding Amount: $398,992

The Lansing School District, in partnership with the Lansing Police Department, Michigan State University, and the South Side Community Coalition, will provide research-based alcohol prevention programs for more than 7,200 high- risk youth in secondary schools. As part of the program design, they will implement Project Northland and Class Action, two SAMHSA Model Programs targeting resistance skills and counseling to overcome patterns of addiction. The project will also develop coordinated referral systems to connect youth with therapeutic counseling and mental health services.


Consolidated S.D. #6 of N. Jefferson County, MO
Project Director: Paul Birch
Contact No. 636-296-8000
Funding Amount: $331,011

Consolidated S.D. #6, N. Jefferson County, has selected a single SAMHSA Model Program that will be implemented in 10th grade health classes in two high schools, reaching approximately 2700 students. Additional prevention activities will include implementing a peer-to-peer mentoring model, developing coordinated, responsive counseling services, disseminating prevention messages to parents and community, and formalizing linkages with local agencies through the development of an advisory board.


Bernalillo Public Schools, NM
Project Director: Mateo L. Sanchez
Contact No. 505-404-5731
Funding Amount: $304,489

The project goals are to improve the BPS delivery of alcohol prevention programming for students from 10 communities including 7 American Indian communities. The LEA will implement the only SAMHSA proven program for native American youth, Project Venture, in one high school and three middle schools and will use in-school curriculum, after-school activities, and summer and weekend time to implement a highly experiential and service oriented program.


Sullivan City Board of Education, NY
Project Director: Dr. Martin Handler
Contact No. 845-295-4000
Funding Amount: $390,092

The project will serve high schools from eight consortium districts and serve approximately 5,300 students annually using two science-based programs, Project Northland and Class Action. A major focus will also be to enhance community linkages and build on an expanded network of support for at-risk youth by establishing a coordinated referral system to connect youth and families with available services provided by the County.


Swain County Schools, NC
Project Director: Robert White
Contact No. 828-488-3129
Funding Amount: $305,842

Swain County Schools will partner with Cherokee Central Schools to implement the grant aimed to serve 1,404 secondary school students in grades 7-12. Central to the program design is the implementation of six (6) SAMHSA science-based prevention curriculum programs that support the goal to promote beliefs and skills to reduce and prevent alcohol abuse. These science-based programs include: Too Good for Drugs, Reconnecting Youth, Project Alert, Atlas/Athena, Parenting Wisely, and Positive Action.


Trimble Local Schools, OH
Project Director: Cindy Johnston
Contact No. 740-767-4444
Funding Amount: $315,882

The Trimble Local School District is a comprehensive, school and community initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of school and community environments to respond to the problem of underage drinking. Program design includes a multi-level approach and the implementation of three SAMHSA Model Programs targeting approximately 2,000 students and parents. The project is designed to enhance local capacity to implement evidence-based prevention services for youth and families by building on existing readiness.

Southern Local Schools, OH
Project Director: Mark Miller
Contact No. 740-949-2669
Funding Amount: $362,072

The Southern Local Prevention Initiative is a comprehensive school and community approach to respond to the escalating problem of underage drinking. It includes three research based SAMHSA model programs that will be implemented through a collaboration with a variety of community agencies incorporating a multi-level, multi-strategy approach to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors for youth and families.


Washington County School District, UT
Project Director: Luanne Forrest
Contact No. 435-668-2975
Funding Amount: $376,024

The Washington County Project to Reduce Alcohol Abuse will serve approximately 1500 secondary school students by implementing two SAMHSA Model Programs that focus on strengthening leadership and resiliency, and mobilizing communities for change on alcohol. In order to address local concerns about rapidly rising rates of alcohol abuse and associated health, social, and academic problems, a primary objective will be to decrease parent and community tolerance of adolescent alcohol use.

Granite School District
Salt Lake City, UT
Project Director: DeAnn Diamond Contact No. 801/646-4309
Funding Amount: $363,529

This project will serve students and families in eight high schools in the Granite School District (GSD). This district is the second largest in the state and one of the 30 largest districts in the nation. Students in GSD high schools drink more often and earlier than their peers across the state. The project will implement the SAMHSA model program of ATLAS/ATHENA. The basis for the project is current research on alcohol expectancies and drinking refusal self-efficacy.


School District of Janesville, WI
Project Director: Marge Hallenbeck
Contact No. 608-743-5070
Funding Amount: $311,869

The School System of Janesville will implement one school-based SAMHSA Model Program, to prevent and reduce alcohol abuse among secondary school students by placing highly trained professionals in schools to provide a full range of prevention and early intervention services. The project will serve two high schools with several satellite charter schools. Project design includes in-class student training and skill building, screening for substance use, referral options as needed, triage to treatment service providers within the community, a parent empowerment series, and school-wide awareness activities.

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