Funding Available for LifeSkills Training in Pennsylvania

February 10, 2017

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is accepting applications for Delinquency Prevention Programs Funds to support a targeted group of evidence-based programs. Because a substantial body of research exists on the causes and correlates of adolescent problem behaviors, implementing programs that are effective in preventing adolescent problem behaviors continues to be a priority within PCCD. Risk and protective factors related to these behaviors have been identified in many Pennsylvania communities through local community assessments. Supported by strong evaluations, many prevention programs designed to reduce or eliminate risk factors and facilitate protective factors have already been implemented across the Commonwealth.PCCDLogo-2C

To enable communities to implement such programs, PCCD is making available State Delinquency Prevention Programs Funds to support evidence-based prevention programs. This funding is intended for new program implementations, expansions of an existing program into a new and distinct geographic area, or for the support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Operations. This funding is meant to help enable communities to build upon existing adolescent problem behavior prevention efforts that were developed through collaborative risk-focused prevention approaches.

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) – Middle School is eligible for funding under this announcement.

All applications must be submitted electronically through PCCD’s Egrants System no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The Egrants Help Desk is available to assist with questions until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Contact the PCCD Egrants Help Desk at (717) 787-5887 or by email at: RA-eGrantsSupport@pa.gov.

Application deadline is 3/14/17

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Student Survey: Alcohol Use Down in Cambria

December 26, 2016

Survey results of 4,100 Cambria County, PA students indicate students aren’t drinking alcohol as much as they were in 2013, but on the other hand, they indicate parent disapproval of alcohol and drug use erodes from sixth grade to 12th grade.

The Cambria County Prevention Coalition has been analyzing results of the 2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey,’ or PAYS.

The analysis suggests parents should safely dispose of prescription pills because they are not perceived as risky by some students. A majority of students who said they experimented with prescription pills said they found them at home.

PCCDLogo-2CEvery two years the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency conducts a survey of students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades statewide to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The 2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, or PAYS, was taken by about 4,100 students from all 14 school districts in Cambria County.

Encouraged by a decline in alcohol and tobacco use, coalition members credited an evidence-based prevention program implemented in Cambria schools.

Sean Simler, research and data analyst for the United Way Laurel Highlands, said the Botvin LifeSkills Training program has been implemented in all middle school curriculum across Cambria and Somerset counties.

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Substance Abuse Funding Alert / Webinar

December 13, 2016

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) –  An evidence-based, effective program for reducing substance abuse

Are you applying for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)’s Substance Abuse Education Demand Reduction (SAEDR) Funds? Did you know that LST Middle School has proven to reduce prescription drug and opioid misuse?   The goal of the SAEDR grant is to reduce substance abuse and reduce substance abuse behavior.  LST is universal program that can support county and local opioid task forces that are seeking evidence-based, research-validated prevention program that has been proven to work. rx

Grant Opportunity:  Substance Abuse Demand Reduction (SAEDR) Category One Funds

Application Deadline:  December 23, 2016

If your plans includes prevention education for youth in your community and schools, then LST should be on your list.

Agency Details:   The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements

Presentation Details: In this informative webinar, we seek to provide prospective applicants with an understanding of how the LST program can meet the grant objectives and anticipated impacts expected as part of the funding.  The presenter will introduce information related to skill-building and activities proven to reduce abuse among youth related to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, as well as prescription drug and opioid misuse.  Participants review and discuss implementation options and fidelity guidelines to ensure that applicants understand how the LST program can fit into their existing or projected implementation plans.

Duration:  45 – 60 minutes

Format:  Webinar

About the Presenter:  Craig Zettle has presented at national and international conferences over the last 15 years.  He has been active in prevention education with the Botvin LifeSkills Training program for the last 12 years and regularly consults with schools, districts, federal and state agencies, as well as community-based organizations on the implementation and support of the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.

Register for this webinar:   Thursday, December 15th at 3pm ET   After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

(Note:  NHPA or Botvin LST is not the funding agency for this grant.  This presentation is specifically designed for agencies or task forces interested in applying for the PCCD SAEDR Category One grant.  Any questions related to the application process or criteria should be directed to the appropriate parties per their instructions in the information packet.)

 


Webinar tomorrow: LifeSkills Training – A proven, effective program for Violence Prevention

March 17, 2016

WEBINAR: Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) –  A proven, effective program for Violence Prevention 

Are you applying for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) grant?  Is LST your program of choice?   If so, we want to help!

In this informative webinar, we will help prospective applicants understand how the LST program can meet the grant objectives and anticipated impacts expected as part of the funding.  We will also discuss implementation options and fidelity guidelines to ensure that applicants understand how the LST program can fit into their existing or projected implementation plans.

Duration:  45 minutes

Format:  Webinar

Cost: Free

About the Presenter:  Craig Zettle has presented at national and international conferences over the last 15 years.  He has been active in prevention education with the Botvin LifeSkills Training program for the last 10 years and regularly consults with schools, districts, federal and state agencies, as well as community-based organizations on the implementation and support of the Botvin LifeSkills Training program.

Register:  Friday March 18th at 10am ET After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


LifeSkills Battles Teen Drug Use | News | witf.org

June 15, 2015

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(Harrisburg) — The Wolf Administration is hoping more schools in the commonwealth will adopt a program that seems to be effective at curbing teenage drug use.

The LifeSkills Training program is designed, not to scare kids away from using drugs, but to build up their self-confidence and encourage them to make smart decisions.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency subsidizes the program. Chairman Josh Shapiro says survey results show students are responding well in the 93 schools where the program is already in the works.

Helping kids avoid illegal drug use not just sets them on a path to college and better jobs, but Shapiro says it also saves the state money, about 34-hundred dollars for each student.

via Lifeskills Battles Teen Drug Use | News | witf.org.


Norristown Area School District Preventing Delinquent Behavior with LST

May 11, 2010

As reported by the Times Herald Staff (click here to read the full article)

Norristown Area Communities That Care For Youth (CTC), a coalition dedicated to reducing those risk factors that could lead to adolescent drug use and violence and enhancing protective factors that shield them from such problems, wants parents to be mindful of the risk factors summer freedom can bring.

CTC Community Mobilizer Angela Bell said with all the free time kids have during summer months — especially with both parents working, as is often the case — they’re “more susceptible to peer pressure and more likely to make bad choices.

“If parents are mindful of that, they can try to do whatever they can to engage their children and teens in pro-social activities through the summer,” Bell said. “Tap the local resources, and find out what’s available in your community.”

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has supported CTC for more than a decade, and more than 100 communities have been trained in this research-driven model.

The Evidence Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPIS Center) in State College, funded by PCCD and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, directs outreach and advocacy efforts, provides technical assistance to communities and conducts original research to promote the use of prevention and intervention programs proven effective through scientific studies.

Brian Bumbarger, director of the EPIS Center, said, “One of the important risk factors for delinquency or youth drug use is poor parental supervision. And so especially when kids are at that early adolescent time when their parents become less of an influence on them and peers become more of an influence on them, it’s really important to make sure there are good, positive pro-social things for kids to do in the summertime, and to make sure there is adult supervision and guidance.

“It’s not just about keeping kids busy; it’s about keeping them busy and at the same time doing things that instill positive values in them.”

Bell, who’s been the Norristown CTC’s mobilizer since its August 2001 inception, said, “We have a combination of program and environmental strategies working toward the same goal: preventing delinquent behavior.” Program strategies include in-classroom LifeSkills Training, provided to fifth- through eighth-graders in Norristown Area School District, as part of their health curriculum; and nighttime parent education classes offered in conjunction with Family Services, CTC’s lead agency.

Without an initiative like CTC utilizing evidence-based programs, Bumbarger said, “a lot of money is otherwise wasted on things that don’t work, or directed to things that aren’t the root of the problem.

“We have some strategies in Pennsylvania that have been proven effective in reducing youth crime and drug use and at the same time improving academic achievement,” Bumbarger said. “That’s a great thing — except that since 2002, the funding level for those two initiatives (CTC and evidence based programs) in Pennsylvania has been cut by 93 percent.”

In 2002 these initiatives received about $17 million dollars from the state. By last year that figure was reduced to $3 million. For 2011 it’s proposed by and Gov. Ed Rendell and the House of Representatives to drop this funding by another 67 percent, Bumbarger said, bringing it down to just over $1 million.

“There are a number of community coalitions that have completely disintegrated, because there’s no funding for the community mobilization that needs to take place; they just fell apart. These initiatives operate on shoe string budget already, so when times get tough, they’re the first things to get cut — even though they’re some of the most important things in a community.”

Kelly Brown of Family Services said Norristown Area CTC has “been very fortunate to have an engaged and active board (that helps) … keep these efforts going.”

She said with the impact of state budget cuts, CTC has primarily relied on federal Drug Free Communities funds to stay afloat, but it’s the coalition’s determination to secure a diversification of funding — a mixture of state, federal and local — that she attributes to their survival in tough economic times.

“Everybody understands we need to make cuts,” Bumbarger said, “but it doesn’t make sense to cut the things that have been proven effective in changing something that actually saves taxpayer dollars (reducing crime).

“It’s the worst possible timing to be cutting prevention … because the very things that we know are at the root of youth delinquency, violence, drug use and school failure are the things that are going to get worse, because our economy is so bad,” Bumbarger said.


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.


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