Register for a LifeSkills Training Workshop

May 27, 2009

LifeSkills Provider Training Workshops prepare teachers, school counselors, prevention specialists, community youth educators, and other program providers to effectively implement the state-of-the-art prevention education activities and teaching strategies found in the Botvin LifeSkills Training program with confidence and fidelity.

Each LifeSkills Provider Training Workshop plays an important role in enhancing the confidence and skill capacity of participants, resulting in optimal implementation of the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.

Enhance your ability to effectively implement the Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School Program by attending our next workshop:

June 2, 2009
Hampton Inn Philadelphia Airport
8600 Bartram Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19153

• Review the theory and research behind the LST Middle School Program

• Practice teaching strategies using lessons from the curriculum

• Learn instructional and classroom management strategies for successful program implementation

• Enhance your skill capacity to teach the LST curriculum with program fidelity.

Training certificates awarded. Breakfast and lunch provided. Seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis. For information on cost, materials and accommodations, click here.

Space is limited! Register before May 28!

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Office Of Safe and Drug Free Schools 2009 National Conference

May 21, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) hosts “The Power of Change,” a conference to address issues related to civic and character education, crisis planning, mental and physical health, substance abuse, violence prevention, and more. There is no registration fee for the Aug. 3-5 conference in Maryland, so register early as space is limited.


Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

May 20, 2009

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) announces the availability of supplemental funds to support the expansion of methamphetamine prevention services and grant activities.

The purpose of this program is to allow the current 12 Prevention of Methamphetamine Abuse grantees to continue working and building on their previous activities and programs funded in announcement SP-06-005.

Eligibility for this funding opportunity is limited to the 12 methamphetamine prevention grantee funded under the FY 2006 Prevention of Methamphetamine Abuse RFA.

Click here to view the full grant announcement.

Applications are due by June 18, 2009


Funding Opportunity: Grant Announcement

May 18, 2009

The U.S. Department of Justice will award competitive grants of up to $150,000 to Weed and Seed Communities to support efforts to fight crime, drugs and gangs.

The Justice Department’s Community Capacity Development Office’s FY 10 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program provides discretionary grant funding to nonprofits and government agencies in communities that were not previously approved Weed and Seed sites but have been so designated by Congress.

Weed and Seed communities must “work to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents in a community primarily through the redeployment of existing public and private resources, addressing both crime and social related problems that without proper intervention often lead to violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity,” according to the Justice Department.

Click here to view the full announcement

Deadline is December 1, 2009


Help Restore the State Grants Portion of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program

May 18, 2009

Action Alert from CADCA– 

“Last week CADCA sent a legislative alert encouraging you to fax letters to your members of Congress to ask them to make a minimum funding level of $294.8 million for the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) program, which is the FY 2009 enacted level, a top appropriations priority. If you have not already responded to this alert, please click here to use CADCA’s Capwiz system and fax your legislators.

In his fiscal year 2010 budget request, President Obama recommended eliminating the entire State Grants portion of the SDFSC program. His budget also proposes adding $100 million to the National Programs portion of SDFSC for competitive grants to LEAs. This new program would result in a limited number of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) being funded.

If Congress implements this draconian cut, the current school based prevention infrastructures would be decimated in almost every LEA in the nation. Eliminating this program also has major implications for the field at large, because it serves as the portal into schools for other substance abuse prevention programs, as well as helping LEA data collection efforts through student surveys.

Our field cannot afford to see the SDFSC program zeroed out or cut below the current funding level of $294.8 million. Although we have faced similar cuts in the past, if this program is going to survive, we cannot be complacent. Without sustained and aggressive advocacy from the field, this program could be lost forever. Both Congress and the Administration must hear from the field en masse if we have any hope of restoring the program.

As the appropriations process moves forward, CADCA will send out legislative alerts at key points to have the maximum influence. No two alerts will be the same, so it is critical that the field responds to every alert.”


Cutting Prevention Funds Could Prove Too Costly

May 15, 2009

For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has helped communities implement evidence-based initiatives, such as Botvin LifeSkills Training, to encourage healthy youth development.

Now,  as a result of a budget bill passed by the Pennsylvania Senate that would slash state funding, these programs could be in danger.  The state Senate budget bill, would cut $4.7 million for evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, $3 million for research-based violence prevention programs, and $3.13 million in state support for Weed and Seed.

This action could mean fewer support services for at-risk youth and their families, an alarming increase in problem and risk behaviors among youth, and ultimately, more youth entering an already stressed criminal justice system.

Citizens are encourage to contact their local member of the House of Representatives and vote ”no” on Senate Bill 850.


Botvin LifeSkills Training Congratulates New Drug Czar

May 12, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Top-rated substance abuse and violence prevention program Botvin LifeSkills Training congratulates new drug czar Gil Kerlikowske on his position as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

The Senate voted 91-1 to approve Kerlikowske’s nomination as director of the ONDCP. During his confirmation hearing, Kerlikowske promised a balanced, science-based approach to fighting illicit-drug use and faced few difficult questions from lawmakers.

“We are very optimistic that Director Kerlikowske will support President Obama’s prevention efforts as a way to combat not only drug abuse but also unemployment and crime,” said Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, an internationally known expert on drug abuse prevention and developer of the highly effective LifeSkills Training prevention programs. “Now more than ever, it is imperative that we focus our efforts on science-based prevention, which has been proven to reduce drug use and offers the potential for significant cost savings over time.”

Kerlikowske will not serve as a member of the presidential Cabinet but rather, he will have a strong ally in Vice President Joseph Biden, who helped shape federal drug policy while in the Senate. Kerlikowske who was the Chief of Police for Seattle for 9 years, supports combating drug use and crime with enforcement, prevention and treatment.

Historically the ONDCP has focused its prevention efforts on comprehensive drug policies and activities that include evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs.  These programs have resulted in fewer first-time illicit drug users, significant reductions in youth drug use, and an increased perception of the adverse health and social consequences associated with drug use.  Recently, the ONDCP announced plans to award $17 million in grants to community drug prevention coalitions across the country.


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