Study On Teen Substance Abuse Highlights Need for Screening and Prevention Programs

April 19, 2011

The Parntnership at Drugfree.org reported on a study on teen substance abuse. A new study showing marked increases in teen use of marijuana and Ecstasy over the past three years underscores the importance of incorporating screening and prevention programs into all health care interactions with adolescents and their parents, says a leading expert on adolescent substance abuse treatment.

“Any time professionals have an option to work with parents or teenagers, even if it’s not directly about a substance abuse issue, they should be putting drug use on the radar screen,” says Ken Winters, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and Research Scientist at Treatment Research Institute.

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

April 18, 2011

Grant: D.C. Gang Intervention and Outreach – To provide high quality outreach and programming to support District of Columbia older youth at high risk of violence and promote youth development by providing on-going training and support, encouraging coordination of events, and aligning youth outreach, engagement and case management services according to best practices.

Funder: Child and Youth Investment Trust Corp.

Eligibility: Not specified.

Deadline: Apr. 25.

Amount: Multiple types of awards ranging from $63,000 to $240,000 each.

Contact: www.cyitc.org/grants/rfp.asp.


Need to get trained in LST’s High School Program?

April 15, 2011

Now you can do it online! Designed to help accommodate busy professionals, LifeSkills Online Training Workshops are accessible from your work or personal computer. These online trainings are flexible, convenient and cost-effective.

To learn more about our April 21st workshop or to register, click here.

Or to view our full list of LST trainings and professional development webinars and more, click here.


Funding for the DFC Program Fully Restored for FY 2011—Deeper Cuts Staved Off For SAMHSA

April 15, 2011

CADCA reported on funding for the DFC program. When CADCA issued an alert earlier this year that the Drug Free Communities (DFC) program had been slated for a $9.5 million cut, the field responded in force, sending nearly 3,000 faxes to Capitol Hill to ask Congress to restore the funds. These efforts, along with the advocacy efforts of CADCA, paid off. Funding for the DFC program has been fully restored to $95 million for FY 2011.

Nearly 450 applications have been submitted for the current FY 2011 grant cycle. It is our understanding that a funding level of $95 million means that there should be enough funds to support approximately 75 new grants, rather than the 7 that would have been available if the program had been cut by $9.5 million. The fact that funding the DFC funding was restored is a major success for the field.

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Teens in Program Share Skills for Life

April 14, 2011

Teens in Program Share Skills for Life This semester students at eight Evansville, IN schools are reaping the benefits of Botvin LifeSkills Training. Instead of merely teaching students about the impact of drugs and alcohol, the program focuses on combating the underlying causes of substance abuse. Students develop skills to help them make healthy lifestyle choices. They include:

• Drug resistance skills: Students are taught practical information regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and learn effective ways to deal with peer and media pressure.

• Personal self-management skills: Students learn about helpful coping skills to reduce anxiety and stress, improve self-image and identify consequences to maladaptive behaviors.

• Social skills: Students are taught to recognize verbal and non-verbal communication skills along with improved communication and assertiveness skills.

Research consistently has shown that when students acquire these skills, they are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors.

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

April 13, 2011

SAMHSA introduces guidance changing its block grant programs to reflect new opportunities provided by parity, health reform and emerging science

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a new approach for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) and the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) in the Federal Register today.

“Changes in healthcare delivery structures, rapid adoption of health information technology, scientific advances in prevention and treatment services, growing understanding of recovery, and implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act will greatly enhance access to prevention, treatment and recovery support services nationwide,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde,. J. D. 

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Funding Announcement: Grant Opportunity

April 11, 2011

Grant: Grants for Disadvantaged Children in Central Florida – Awards grants to Central Florida programs focused on the health, safety, recreation and education of disadvantaged youth.

Funder: Glazer Family Foundation.

Eligibility: Nonprofits in the Central Florida area.

Deadline: June 1.

Amount: Multiple awards of up to $5,000 each.

Contact: www.glazerfamilyfoundation.org/our-programs/.


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