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Granite Falls School District
Life Skills Training (LST) - Elementary and Middle School

For the past several years, the Granite Falls School District has been a leader in drug and alcohol prevention efforts in Washington State. The small school district 45 miles north of Seattle, is very proud of its award winning staff, students and programs including the 2007 National Teacher of the Year, the 2006 State Baseball Champions, the 2006 County Outstanding Assistant Middle School Principal of the Year, and national and state award winning music students. In addition, the District's 2006 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) results showed Granite Falls as having one of the most dramatic declines in drug use of any school district in the state.

The Life Skills Training program includes prevention-related information, the promotion of anti-drug norms, drug refusal skills and personal self-management and social skills covering topics such as myths and realities of drugs and alcohol, coping with anxiety and anger, communication skills, resolving conflicts and making positive, healthy choices. The Life Skills Training program has been delivered with up to a 93% fidelity rate (above the 90% national level) and a sample of HYS results show a 27% decline in alcohol use for eighth grade students over six-years, and a 20% decline in marijuana use for tenth grade students over the same six-year period. Those kinds of statistics prove the Life Skills curriculum, coupled with the District's mentor program and participation in the Community Coalition that provides additional prevention strategies including counseling services and parenting programs, have a positive impact in the lives of students. Over the past six years Snohomish County Human Service's Prevention Program has been a key collaborator with Granite Falls School District by helping fund and support the implementation of the highly successful Life Skills Training curriculum.

Santa Fe Adolescent Services
Reconnecting Youth, Strengthening Families Program and Second Step Violence Prevention Program
817 492-4673

Santa Fe Adolescent Services (SFAS) has provided prevention, intervention and counseling services to adolescents of Fort Worth, Texas and Tarrant County since 1996. Annually, SFAS provides a variety of school and community based prevention, intervention, and counseling services for over 6,000 Tarrant County adolescents and an additional 700 families. For the past 3 years, all SFAS programs have had a waiting list that includes schools and community sites waiting to be in annual rotations as well as individuals waiting for services from agency counseling programs. SFAS has implemented evidenced-based programs for the past six years which include these seven substance abuse prevention programs - Reconnecting Youth, Second Step Violence Prevention, Strengthening Families, Project SUCCESS, MET/CBT, Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, and Family Support Network. The evidenced-based programs were selected as a result of research and review of a number of resources that identified gaps in services for youth as well as barriers for accessing available programs. In consideration of these identified issues, the evidenced-based programs were implemented in Fort Worth, Texas and Tarrant County because all services could be offered in the youth's home, community, or school and could be provided to those underserved as a result of transportation, motivation, and family issues. Santa Fe Adolescent Services follows a very stringent Quality Management Plan that includes fidelity supervision as well as tracking of how well evidenced-based programs are meeting services, administrative, and procedural goals. Evaluation-related findings for each program are reported on a quarterly basis using the Curriculum Outcome Measures Report. Outcomes to date show improved protective factors (e.g. family communication and conflict resolution; school attendance and grades) and reduced risk factors (e.g. decrease in drug use).

Sutton Place Behavioral Health
Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students)

Sutton Place Behavioral Health provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse services for the residents of Nassau County, Florida. We are dedicated to ensuring that individuals and families receive quality services that are well coordinated, individualized, cost effective, and form a system of care that meets the needs of the community we serve. We strive to continually improve the quality of care we provide, and respond to changing community behavioral health needs in collaboration with other community providers, individuals and families receiving services, and other key stakeholders.

The results of the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey related to unhealthy behaviors/ health problems revealed alcohol or drug use as the number one health problem in Nassau County in Northeast Florida. Respondents were most concerned with the high rate of teen alcohol use and binge drinking. The survey also identified risk factors in the family domain and community domain and protective factors associated with opportunities for pro-social involvement. Project SUCCESS was selected to help adolescents with emotional, learning and behavioral problems expressed in behaviors such as delinquency, substance use, and low academic achievement. The program teaches resistance and social competency skills for communication, decision-making, stress and anger management, problem solving, and resisting peer pressure. The Quality Improvement Director works closely with the Project Success Director to assure fidelity and to provide a monthly report of data to correct any problems identified. According to the outcome data, participants in Project SUCCESS have shown decreases in past 30-day use of alcohol, decreases in binge drinking, decreases in past 30-day use of marijuana, increases in perception of harm, and increases in disapproval of drug use by peers.

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston
LifeSkills Training (LST)

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston (The Council) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1946 and incorporated in 1952. The Council's mission is to keep the community healthy, productive and safe by providing services and information to all who may be adversely affected by alcohol and drugs. Annually, The Council serves more than 200,000 people and has more than 100 employees in approximately 50 locations throughout Harris County offering bilingual screening, assessment, prevention, treatment, intervention, counseling, and referral services for children, adolescents and adults.

The 2004 Texas School Survey indicates that youth alcohol use doubled between fourth and sixth grades, with all substance use increasing significantly between these grades. To address these issues, The Council implements Life Skills Training (LST), a universal prevention program that has been demonstrated to be effective with White, African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian American students. The Council has experienced significant success institutionalizing the LST program at several elementary and middle school sites. Quantitative and qualitative pre-post data are collected annually and indicate that students are developing their drug resistance, personal self-management, and social skills.

Last Update: 9/21/2009