How are schools selected for Student Assistance Program?
Recipients for the Student Assistance Prevention-Intervention Program are pre-selected through an assessment process designed and managed by the Health Care Authority’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). OSPI does not select the communities or schools that receive funding for Student Assistance Program. All schools selected for funded Student Assistance Program are identified in the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) managed by DBHR. Alternately, some schools and districts fund and manage their own district-based Student Assistance Program. This often happens in partnership with the local ESD.
What prevention programs can my school or district access through OSPI?
Specific to substance use prevention, OSPI offers training and materials for districts (and schools) to implement the Botvin LIfeSkills Training. LifeSkills Training is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence. LifeSkills is targeted to middle school age students. This grant opportunity is funded with marijuana/cannabis tax revenues and is available for schools and community organizations serving middle school aged youth. For more information on LifeSkills, please contact our staff Emily Maughan at 360-725-6030 or email@example.com
Where does the Dedicated Marijuana Account (DMA) funding go?
The Dedicated Marijuana Account (DMA) funding specific for marijuana prevention goes to the Washington State Department of Health and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). DMA funds are dedicated specifically to Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) sites through DSHS. OSPI receives funds from DSHS to support Student Assistance Program as part of CPWI. OSPI also receives DMA funds to expand Botvin LifeSkills implementation, and to support dropout prevention.
What about youth engagement?
Schools may want to engage with the Spring Youth Forum and the State Prevention Summit, both hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The Prevention Summit and the Spring Youth Forum work in tandem to create momentum and help to encourage, reward and support youth-led prevention in local Washington communities.
The Summit provides an excellent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors, mental health promotion as well as integrating such prevention efforts with primary health care.
How do I connect with local substance-use prevention efforts?
There are community coalitions across Washington State that have a focus on substance-use prevention. The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) is being implemented through active partnerships with counties, Educational Service Districts (ESDs), local school districts, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The initiative uses proven strategies that will have a long-term, positive impact on families and others in their communities. To engage with a CPWI Coalition in your community, contact the coalition coordinator in your area by visiting this website: http://theathenaforum.org/cpwi_coalitions
Who can I contact at my ESD to learn more about the Student Assistance Program?
Prevention/Intervention SAPISP Coordinators