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Opioid Misuse Prevention Project

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, School Districts, and Agencies
for Collaborative Projects to Address Substance Abuse in Youth

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Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

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11/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofits, school districts, county commissioners, and county authorities to participate in a pilot program designed to address behavioral problems and substance abuse in youth. Funding is intended to create community partnerships in order to promote protective factors that buffer youth from developing problem behaviors.

This funding announcement, through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is seeking applications to participate in a pilot program that will use evidence-based approaches and programs to address youth engagement in substance use and other problem behaviors. Selected applicants will form a partnership between the Single County Authority, the local School District, local non-profit service delivery agencies, and the community at large to help address the risk factors that can lead youth into trouble and to build protective factors that can help to buffer them from those risks.

The specific components of the project at each site will be as follows:

- The provision of the evidence-based program LifeSkills Training (LST) to middle/junior high school youth in conjunction with;
- The simultaneous provision of the evidence-based program Strengthening Families 10-14 (SFP) to the families of these same youth;
- The development/expansion of community partnerships using a risk-focused strategic planning approach to develop a public health promotion and education campaign; and
- Training of the community at-large on the Social Development Strategy public health model, the foundation of the Communities That Care model.

Background on LST

LST is a universal, classroom-based tobacco-, alcohol-, and drug abuse–prevention program for all middle or junior high school students in a school district. The goals of LST are to prevent tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug abuse by targeting key risk and protective factors associated with these behaviors. It is designed to: (1) increase knowledge of the adverse consequences of substance use; (2) promote anti-drug attitudes and norms; (3) teach personal self-management skills; (4) teach general social skills; and (5) teach skills for resisting social influences to smoke, drink, use illicit drugs, and engage in aggressive or violence-related behaviors. LST is designed to target students who have not yet initiated substance use or are early stage users. The target age group for LST is early adolescence when peer groups and social pressures begin to influence children into substance use experimentation, particularly with tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. The program has five key elements: a cognitive component, self-improvement component, a decision-making component, a coping with anxiety component, and a social skills training component. The LST prevention curriculum specifically:

- Provides students with the necessary skills to resist social pressures to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and use illicit drugs;
- Helps students develop greater self-esteem, self-mastery, and self confidence;
- Increases knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse;
- Gives students tools to cope effectively with social anxiety; and
- Enhances cognitive and behavioral competency to prevent and reduce a variety of health risk behaviors.

The LST curriculum is centered on the development of drug resistance, personal self-management and increased social skills in the students.

Background on SFP

The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10–14 (SFP 10–14) is an adaptation of the Strengthening Families Program for parents and their adolescent children. The program aims to reduce substance use and behavior problems during adolescence through improved skills in nurturing and child management by parents and improved interpersonal and personal competencies among youths. SFP 10–14 consists of seven 2-hour sessions for parents and youths conducted weekly, along with a meal shared by participating families. The parents and youths attend separate skill-building groups for the first hour and spend the second hour together in supervised family activities. Parent group sessions clarify expectations based on child development norms, teach appropriate disciplinary practices, teach skills on managing strong adolescent emotion, and teach effective communication skills for dealing with their youths. Youth group sessions teach refusal skills for dealing with peer pressure and personal skills such as dealing with stress. During the joint family sessions, families are taught conflict resolution and communication skills. The sessions also involve games and activities designed to increase cohesiveness and introduce positive involvement of the youths in the family. In all sessions, videotaped presentations are used to introduce the topics and form discussions. Additionally, youths are shown 15-minute videotapes that look at dealing with and resisting peer pressure.

Youth sessions generally concentrate on strengthening goal setting, communication skills, behavior management techniques, and peer pressure. By contrast, parent sessions generally discuss the importance of nurturing while simultaneously setting rules, monitoring compliance, and applying appropriate discipline. Topics include developing appropriate rules, encouraging good behavior, using consequences, building bridges, and protecting against substance abuse.

While not a requirement, ideally the SFP sessions would be offered at the school building. Schools will need to be heavily involved in the recruitment of families to participate in the program. A minimum 15-person implementation team will be trained on the model to allow for trained staff to be available to facilitate the weekly programming. Team members can be school personnel, parents, substance abuse/mental health specialists, or other community members. Facilitators will provide approximately three-hours per week for the program and will be provided with a stipend for their time.

Background on Public Health Initiative

Participating sites will work with community stakeholders and prevention coalitions to increase awareness about the danger of substance abuse. This will be accomplished through educational presentations and materials, community level trainings, and environmental strategies that will change the mindset of the community and provide additional pro-social supports for youth and their families. The Communities That Care Social Development Strategy (SDS) will serve as an underlying framework for this part of the project. Each site will select an individual that will be trained as a SDS facilitator who will provide leadership in the effort.

The Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at Penn State University will provide selected sites with technical assistance over the five and a half years project period. Funding will only be awarded to communities that have established a partnership between one or more school districts, the Single County Authority, and one or more local non-profits entities.

- The School District(s) must agree to have their staff implement LST in a selected classroom (health, social studies, etc.).
- The non-profit must agree to coordinate eight cohorts of SFP during each year of the project implementation.

Program Goal and Anticipated Impact:

a. The goal of the Opioid Misuse Prevention Project is to address the opioid crisis by reducing the risk factors that lead to substance misuse, while increasing the protective factors that promote resilient youth, families, and communities and prevent substance use disorders BEFORE they develop. Research demonstrates evidence-based prevention programs and community collaborative infrastructure models are effective at targeting risk and protective factors and reducing opioid misuse. These efforts show the greatest impact when preventive strategies are coordinated and target multiple domains (including Families, Schools, and Communities).

b. Anticipated Impact: The anticipated short-term impact is that at least 40% of youth and/or parents who participate in LST or SFP 10-14 will show improvement on the following risk and protective factors as evidenced by pre/post data (this is based on historic outcomes by projects funded by PCCD):

- Improved Parental Rules & Expectations for Youth Substance Use
- Increased Parental Monitoring
- Improved Parental Expectations
- Improved Parent-Youth Relationship Quality
- Improved Family Problem Solving
- Increased Positive Parenting Behaviors
- Increased Communication of Goals
- Increased Parent Expectations
- Improved Stress Coping Skills
- Reported Improved Family Communication
- Increased Future Orientation
- Improved Peer Pressure Refusal Skills
- Improved Substance Abuse Rules and Expectations
- Decreased intentions to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Decreased favorable attitudes towards ATOD
- Increased Knowledge of Drugs
- Increased Anxiety Reduction Skills
- Decreased Peer Use Perceptions
- Increased Knowledge of Effective Communication Skills

The anticipated long-term impact will be demonstrated via Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) data including the following:

- Reduced prevalence of substance misuse
- Reduced prevalence of prescription drug use and misuse
- Reduced risk factors including Perceived Risk of Drug Use and Parental Attitudes Favorable to Anti-Social Behavior
- Increased community and school protective factors including community rewards for prosocial involvement and school opportunities for prosocial involvement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184490

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Number of Grants:

Up to 10 community partnerships will be selected to be part of this project.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total budgets may not exceed $390,000 for the initial award, covering a six month planning period (January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019) and the first year of project implementation (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020).

Term of Contract:

Contingent upon availability of funds, applications approved at the December 2018 Commission meeting will be 18-month projects and have a start date of January 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2020. The entire project timeline is 66 months long: an initial application consisting of a 6-month planning period and a 12-month implementation period. Following the initial 18-month period and a satisfactory project review, a new 12-month application will be awarded with three possible continuation years for a total project timeline of 66 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible serve as the applicant agency for this project:

- A School District (on behalf of one or multiple districts);
- A Non-profit Organization with current 501c3 status;
- County Commissioners; or
- A Single County Authority.

To be eligible for these funds, the applicant must provide evidence of:

a. The lead applicant agency experience implementing prevention programming.
- School Districts are the ideal lead applicant;
- Non-profit organizations (Community Organizations, non-profit agencies, County Commissioners, or Single County Authorities) may serve as the lead applicant in collaboration with the School District. The non-profit must have
current 501c3 status.

b. A working relationship with the following partners
- School District(s) to implement LST;
- Single County Authority (County Drug and Alcohol Agency) to coordinate with other prevention initiatives in the County; and
- One or more non-profit human service providers to offer SFP.

NOTE: Appendix A must be reviewed and signed by each partner then submitted with the application to confirm the partnerships for this project.

c. PAYS (Pennsylvania Youth Survey) Participation
- Past participation in the 2015 and 2017 PAYS Survey
- Commitment to participate in the 2019 and 2021 PAYS Survey
- Willingness to share current (2015 and 2017) and future (2019 and 2021) copies of the School District(s) Local Summary Reports with EPISCenter for evaluation purposes. Note: No individual student-level PAYS data will be required.

d. Support from a local prevention infrastructure
- Evidence of support by one or more local prevention coalitions using a data driven prevention infrastructure model. Examples of ideal prevention infrastructures include, but are not limited to:
1. Communities That Care Coalition
2. Drug Free Communities Coalition
4. Community Schools

e. The capability of serving a minimum number of student and families each year
- Applicant must demonstrate the ability to serve at least 200 students per year in the 10-14 age range using the LST Level 1 model, and be able to add the Level 2 and 3 models in subsequent years for 7th and 8th grades respectively.
- Applicant must demonstrate the ability to serve at least 96 families per year with children in the 10-14 age range using the SFP 10-14 model (four cohorts of 12 families each semester).

Applicants applying on behalf of multiple school districts (due to school district size or the need to meet the minimum numbers of students and families served) are able to submit a Multiple School District Partnership Application provided they submit the following:

- An applicant submitting on behalf of multiple school districts shall submit one application, and must separately identify the services to be provided in each school district in the partnership.
- A copy of Appendix A must be reviewed and signed by each partner school district and any additional required partners and then submitted with the application.
- Multiple School District Partnership applicants will need to provide detailed information regarding coordination across districts. See the scoring section for more details.

NOTE: Communities that have previously implemented LST and/or SFP are eligible to apply for this project; however, applications from communities and school districts that have never implemented LST and SFP 10-14, or that have not implemented LST and SFP 10-14 in the past five years (2013-2017) will receive higher scores.

PCCD is not liable for costs incurred prior to the official start date of the award.

Funding must not be used to supplant/replace state, federal or local funds that would otherwise be available to provide for program-related services. PCCD funding is to be used in addition to other funds that are made available for services, not to replace funds already being used for the same purpose as that being requested.

Pre-Application Information:

Allow adequate time to submit your application. You will be unable to submit your application, if you do not first register in Egrants. Applications will only be accepted through PCCD’s Egrants system.

Recommended Egrants Agency Registration Date: October 26, 2018
Recommended Egrants User Registration Date: October 26, 2018

All questions must be received by 4:00pm on November 13, 2018. Answers will be sent to registered individuals on a regular basis through November 14, 2018. For all potential applicants to benefit from the Q&A process, answers are available to all parties at: Select “Opioid Misuse Prevention Project.”

Egrants Registration: Egrants Agency and User Registration: The applicant agency and at least two users from the applicant agency must be registered in Egrants in order to submit a grant application. Be sure to allow enough lead time so your agency has enough time to work on your application in Egrants prior to the submission deadline. Please go to the Registering in Egrants page on PCCD’s website for further information:

All applications must be submitted, electronically through PCCD’s Egrants system no later than November 15, 2018 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Please note: The Egrants Help Desk is available to assist with questions until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The original signature page and any additional required information that could not be
submitted electronically must be received or postmarked by Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Successful applications will be presented for consideration at the December 12, 2018 Commission meeting.

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Additional required information should be mailed or sent via express delivery services to:

Via U.S. Mail:
PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency:
Attention: Grants Management
P.O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167

Via Express Delivery Services:
3101 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Questions regarding this funding announcement must be sent to: (Subject Line: “Opioid Misuse Prevention Project”)

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USA: Pennsylvania