District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
03/02/18 4:45 PM ET
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to prevent youth substance abuse in Wards 6, 7, and 8. Applications are invited from qualifying prevention network affiliates seeking to prevent underage marijuana use and drinking among young people (ages 12-18) residing in high-need communities.
While the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Partnerships for Success and Tribal Initiative targets youth and young adults ages 12 to 25, the goal of this PFS grant is to prevent underage drinking and marijuana use among youth ages 12 to 18 living in high need communities. Furthermore, all eight (8) Wards are defined as “high need communities” for prevention.
The PFS premise is that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the District level. By working together to foster changes, the District and their funded communities of high need can more effectively begin to overcome the challenges underlying their substance use prevention priorities and achieve the goal of the SPF-PFS program. Grantees are expected to implement a combination of an evidence-based intervention and environmental strategies that achieve the target outcomes of the PFS grant.
Prevention research suggests that youth do not engage in substance abuse solely because of personal characteristics, but rather because of a complex set of risk and protective factors in their environment. These factors include the rules and regulations of the social institutions to which individuals belong (e.g., trust, social ties, relationships and exchanges among people); the norms of the communities in which they live; the messages to which they are exposed; and the availability to minors of alcohol and other drugs.
Prevention services are designed to strengthen communities as places where children and youth are safe, connected in positive ways to others, and supported by involved responsible adults. It also involves developing and strengthening the capacity of the District’s prevention provider network to meet the challenging substance use disorders (SUD) prevention needs within the eight (8) Wards and 120 neighborhoods.
DBH supports specific prevention approaches that are designed to significantly contribute to the development of a sustainable prevention infrastructure in the District of Columbia. This infrastructure supports efforts to prevent the onset, reduce risk, interrupt the progression of use, and avoid the consequences of SUD in the District. The infrastructure includes DC Prevention Centers (DCPCs) that strengthen community capacity, address needed community and system changes, reduce risk factors, and achieve target outcomes for District youth. DCPC reach has been expanded through the development of over 50 Community Prevention Networks (CPNs) across the eight (8) Wards. (See Diagram D below for respective DCPCs per Wards served.)
The broad make-up of CPNs includes representation from the following sectors:
1. Geographic and administrative boundaries (i.e., tracts, political, neighborhoods, housing developments, and recreational catchment areas).
2.Boundaries of purpose (i.e., partners/families/caregivers, faith organizations, community-based organizations, and prevention services).
3. Boundaries created by shared languages and/or cultural values, norms, and disparities.
This RFA provides funding for eligible CPNs to develop and implement a combination of an evidence-based intervention and environmental strategies to prevent underage drinking and/or marijuana use among youth between the ages of 12 to 18. The RFA is designed to determine the readiness of the CPN to fully develop and implement a data-driven SPF planning process to achieve target outcomes. Applicants that receive a grant award are expected to develop an action plan (based on logic models provided by DBH) for the prevention and reduction of underage drinking, marijuana use among youth, or both in their designated ward.
The successful applicant will receive additional training in the SPF planning process through DBH. Evaluation will be supported through the DBH PFS data and evaluation lead.
Target Outcomes that grantees are expected to achieve through their evidence-based intervention and environmental strategies are as follows:
i. Intentions to use substances
ii. Personal disapproval of substance use
iii. Perceived risk of harm regarding substance use
iv. Parental expectations around substance use
v. Perceived peer use of alcohol/marijuana
vi. Knowledge of family values around substance use
vii. Perceived availability in getting alcohol/marijuana
viii. Saw substance use prevention message/ad
i. Reduction in past-30 day use of Alcohol, Marijuana, or other illegal drug
ii. Reduction in past-30 days as a passenger with someone driving under the influence (DUI)
iii. Increase in talking to parents about substance use
iv. Influence of substance use on goal attainment
Community Change Outcomes:
i. Changes in local policy regarding substance use
ii. Changes in local practices regarding substance use
iii. Perception of community disapproval of substance use
iv. Perception of peer disapproval of substance use
v. Community norms regarding youth substance use
GrantWatch ID#: 157171
Grants are available to fund three (3) High Need Community Grantees. One (1) HNCG will be selected for each of the three (3) identified Wards: Ward 6, Ward 7 and Ward 8 within the District.
Each High Need Community Grantees will be funded in the amount of $100,000.
The grant will be for a period of nine (9) months from the award date. Grant may be continued for up to one (1) additional year based on documented project success, availability of funding, and DBH Director’s approval of a Notice of Grant Award (NOGA) via a Continuation Modification and No-Cost Extension, if applicable. Grant recipients will be expected to begin project implementation on April 1, 2018 or after the Year 1 Work Plan and Budget and Budget Narrative Justification have been approved by DBH.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Katherine Cooke Mundle, Program Monitor
Office of Fiscal Services (OFS)
District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)
64 New York Avenue, NE, 244-X, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
RFA # RM0 PFS020218
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