Funding Opportunity from AmeriCorps

December 22, 2011

AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Grant: AmeriCorps awards grants to organizaitons to implement programs that utilize AmeriCorps members to engage in evidence-based interventions that strengthen communities. Programs are targeted that work in six focus areas, including Education, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families.

Funder: AmeriCorps.

Amount: Award amounts are based on annual appropriations, which have yet to be determined. Eligible organizations include public or private nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and other community organizations; institutions of higher education; government entities; Indian Tribes; and labor organizations.


Deadline: January 18, 2012.

Grant Announcement – 2011 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant – Local

December 19, 2011

2011 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant – Local

Grant: The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is making approximately $5 million in Federal Justice Assistance Grant funds available to develop and implement programs at the local level.

Funder: The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Eligibility: Local units of government (includes counties) and private non-profit organizations.

Amount: The total amount available under this solicitation is approximately $5 million. The maximum amount that may be requested for any project is $250,000 in federal funds.


Deadline: February 3, 2012.

Marijuana Use Rises While Smoking and Drinking Rates Decline

December 19, 2011

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) along with the University of Michigan recently released a 2011 survey that showed continuous increase in marijuana use among teenagers (8th graders through high school students). The rates for 8th grade students is the highest it has been since 2003, according to survey results. In the three grade levels that were measured – 8th, 10th, and 12th grades – all three showed an increase in daily marijuana usage. This has also had an effect on attitudes toward drug use, showing that youth have a more lax opinion on drug use, which can be an indicator for usage.

While the rate of marijuana and other synthetic cannabinoids increased, cigarette and alcohol use has decreased to its lowest point since the inception of the Monitoring the Future Survey back in 1975. Both the use of cigarettes and alcohol decreased in all three grade levels, being considered a prevention success of the survey conductors.

To read the entire article, click here.

Parents Use of At-Home Drug Tests

December 13, 2011

An article in the Palm Beach Post showed that experts on adolescent substance abuse do not condone parents giving their children at-home drug tests. Not only do these drug tests negatively affect the parent-child relationship, according to experts, but they also do not give solid evidence of a drug-related problem. American Academy of Pediactrics (AAP) Chair of the Committee on Substance Abuse Dr. Sharon Levy says, “If kids really want to use drugs, they’ll get around the drug testing – we know they can do it.” Although at-home drug testing is a fairly priced (between $17 and $35 per test kit at pharmacies) “solution” to finding out whether one’s child is dabbling with illegal substances, it isn’t considered the proper solution to solving a problem.

To read the article as well as the Palm Beach Post article, click here.

Here’s a clip of a news story with tips on how to detect whether your child has a drug problem without the use of an at-home drug test.

Source: Should you drug test your kids?

Grant Announcement: Justice & Mental Health Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program

December 13, 2011

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program

Purpose: Facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services.

Funder: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Eligibility: Nonprofits, corporations, colleges and faith-based groups

Amount: One-year cooperative agreement for $600,000


Note: OJP’s website is one resource that applicants may use to find information about evidence-based programs. OJP gave LST the highest rating among the list of evidence-based programs on because of its proven effectiveness in preventing substance abuse and violence, because of the extensive evidence supporting its effectiveness, and because there are numerous studies demonstrating its effectiveness.

Deadline: February 2, 2012

Spots still available for our LAST online training of 2011

December 9, 2011

There are still a few spaces available for the Elementary Online Training scheduled for next Monday, December 12th at 10am ET. It will be our last training of the year so now is the perfect time to get in some last-minute implementation tips and before the holidays. Click here to view the registration form. If interested or if you have any questions about online trainings, contact us at or 1-800-293-4969. Register today!

U.S. to ban synthetic drugs

December 9, 2011

One would never guess that bath salts could be used for something other than a warm bath in a tub. However, last Thursday the U.S. House voted to ban bath salts along with other synthetic drugs. Under a proposed bill called The Synthetic Drug Control Act, it will be illegal to both manufacture and dispense more than 30 synthetic drugs the U.S. House banned along with “bath salts” and “spice.” To read the entire article, click here.

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