ATOD Funding Alert: applications due 11/11   

October 21, 2016
Henderson County KY ASAP Local Board Accepting  Mini-Grant Applications

The Henderson County Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy will award mini-grants ranging from $2,000 – $4,000 to local agencies and groups that help support and grow Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement programs throughout the community.

The Henderson County KY ASAP Local Board will accept written proposals from applicants detailing how they would utilize grant funding.

Any local ATOD group is welcome to apply by Nov. 11, 2016. To receive a copy of the request for proposal for the Henderson County KY ASAP local board mini grant, please contact Shawna Evans at Henderson County High School, 2424 Zion Road Henderson, Ky. 42420, (270) 831-8867, or by email at

 Preparing grant applications can be a bit challenging. Botvin LifeSkills Training offers several grant application tools to help you in applying for local, state, and federal funding.

New Data on Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use

September 27, 2013

You can now get a first look at the results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States, ages 12 or older.

Survey results present national estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products, with a focus on trends between 2011 and 2012, and from 2002 to 2012, as well as differences across population subgroups in 2012. NSDUH national estimates—related to mental health—and NSDUH state-level estimates—related to both substance use and mental health—will be published separately in fall 2013.

Sample Data Highlights:

  • Marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug. In 2012, there were 18.9 million past-month users.
  • Slightly more than half (52.1 percent) of Americans ages 12 or older reported being current drinkers of alcohol in the 2012 survey, which was similar to the rate reported in 2011 (51.8 percent).
  • In 2012, an estimated 69.5 million Americans ages 12 or older were current (past-month) users of a tobacco product.

View the Results From the 2012 NSDUH


URGENT ALERT: Ensure ATOD Prevention/Data Collection Is Included In New Education Reauthorization Act

September 12, 2013

CADCA_color_logo_20thHistorically the funding for school based alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention has been authorized as the Safe and Drug Free Schools program, which is included in Title IV (A) of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  Congress is currently considering legislation to reauthorize the entire NCLB law, which is now being called the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

CADCA has been working to ensure that all versions of the ESEA reauthorization, being considered by Congress, contain as much of a focus as possible on alcohol, tobacco and other drug use prevention and intervention in the section of the bill that has been Title IV (A). The Senate bill now being considered (S.1094) has the following provisions in Title IV of that bill that CADCA worked to get included:

1) a requirement for states to continue to collect the core data set for alcohol, tobacco and other drug use that is in current law (Title IV(A) of NCLB), and includes incidence, prevalence, age of onset, perception of harm and perception of social disapproval of drug use);

2)  an explicit definition of drug prevention which lays out the following core components of drug prevention activities:  raising awareness about the costs and consequences of drug use and abuse; changing attitudes, perceptions and social norms about the dangers and acceptability of drug use; and reducing access to and the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and

3) the inclusion of drug prevention, as defined above, in the combined category for drug and violence activities that can be implemented at the LEA level.

The House-passed version of the ESEA Reauthorization, H.R. 5, does not contain any discrete focus on substance use/abuse prevention or intervention and also eliminates the requirement for the collection of the core data set of incidence, prevalence, age of initiation, perception of harm and perception of social disapproval.


Fax the members of your congressional delegation as soon as possible. Ask them to ensure that the final version of ESEA Reauthorization: 1) maintains the requirement in current law for the collection of the core data for ATOD; and 2) includes substance use/abuse prevention and intervention as a discrete priority for emphasis in the new Title IV.

To send a fax to your members of Congress, go to

If you would like to personalize your letter with examples from your state/community, please email for a MS Word version of the sample letter.


Fairfield, CA Launches LifeSkills Parent Program

May 6, 2009

The City of Fairfield, CA put on a special Botvin LifeSkills Training workshop for parents who want to keep their kids out of trouble and away from controlled substances.

The workshop consists of three sessions from the LifeSkills Training Parent Program. In addition to a short orientation, sessions also cover family communication, parental monitoring and being a good role model.

“The sessions that we do in the parent project, we talk about what parents need to raise children and what support they need,” said Heather Sanderson, a program coordinator for the city.

parent_wsThe workshop, held at City Church in Fairfield, was advertised with a Mother’s Day theme, however it was open to mothers, fathers and adults of all ages who want to make a difference to children. The workshop included lessons on communicating effectively with kids, including techniques for non-verbal communication “and how to avoid misunderstandings and assumptions,” Sanderson said.

It is a spin-off of the Botvin LifeSkills Training program that the city holds for area kids. The traditional LifeSkills program incorporates science-based teaching to give kids the skills to resist using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). Sanderson said between 600 and 700 kids graduated from the most recent LifeSkills program.

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