The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) and its component group, the National Prevention Network (NPN), are pleased to announce the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2013 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies (2013 Exemplary Awards). Since its inception over two decades ago, this Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) supported program has sought to identify and honor outstanding achievements in substance abuse prevention throughout the United States.
The 2013 Exemplary Awards recognize quality substance abuse prevention efforts from around the country including effective and exemplary programs, practices, policies, and other initiatives. Examples of programs invited to participate in the Call for Applications include, but are not limited to, those that have impacted specific changes in their communities – such as promoting responsible retailing practices, smoke-free workplace ordinances, and other environmental approaches.
The 2013 Exemplary Awards recipients will be recognized at the NPN Prevention Research Conference, August 27-19, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
NASADAD will host a technical assistance conference call for interested applicants on April 4, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT (Dial 1-855-747-8824 (alternate dial-in 1-719-325-2630), enter code 534 117 6449# when prompted).
The application packet and frequently asked questions (FAQS) are referenced below. Applications are due by Monday, May 6, 2013. Please refer to the Application Requirements section (located on page 8 of the Application) for instructions on how to prepare and submit the application.
The Individual Prevention Services (IPS) program, California. The program was established in 2007 to meet the needs of individuals who were already starting to experience negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use, but whose use had not reached a level of severity to qualify for a diagnosis. A modified Brief Risk Reduction Interview and Intervention Model (BRRIIM) was developed to be used countywide for residents of all ages (12-adult) at the seven county-operated substance abuse clinics throughout Riverside County. Currently, all individuals that present for substance abuse services at one of the county’s seven clinics who are “treatment naïve” (have never been through treatment before or never had a substance use disorder diagnosis ) are first screened through the IPS program using the BRRIIM interview. If the participant appears to be beyond the scope of a prevention intervention, they are referred for a diagnostic assessment. If they are not referred, the prevention specialist, together with the participant and his/her family, drafts an individualized plan of action. The participant returns for follow up sessions to continue work towards the goals of the plan.
Parents Empowered, Utah. The program is a Statewide, State-sponsored educational and community mobilization campaign to prevent underage drinking. Launched in September 2006, the campaign uses electronic media and other means of mass communication to provide parents with the knowledge and skills to actively keep their children alcohol-free. Parents Empowered encourages parents to be involved in their children’s lives and to set clear rules about not tolerating underage drinking, a strategy to increase protective factors, which research indicates are linked to preventing youth alcohol use. Parents Empowered is a collaborative effort between State agencies, private companies, and local community coalitions, and is funded through the State’s liquor revenue proceeds.
Top: Jan Ryan and Will Harris from IPS with CSAP Director Fran Harding and NPN President Janice Petersen at the 2012 NPN Research Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
Bottom: Steve Wright, Susannah Burt and Doug Murakami from ParentsEmpowered with CSAP Director Fran Harding, NPN President Janice Petersen, and Utah NPN Craig PoVey at the 2012 NPN Research Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.