Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies

2016 Exemplary Awards Program                           Call for Applications

Application Due Date: Friday, May 6, 2016

NASADAD and its component group, the National Prevention Network (NPN), are pleased to present this CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the 2016 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies (2016 Exemplary Awards). Since its inception over two decades ago, this program identifies and honors outstanding achievements in substance abuse prevention throughout the United States.

The 2016 Exemplary Awards recognize exceptional substance abuse efforts, to include programs, policies and practices (henceforth to be referred to as “programs”).  These awards serve to focus national attention on the field of substance abuse prevention.  They are intended to showcase “grassroots,” evidence-based substance abuse prevention programs and strategies that have been evaluated and may be replicated by others.  As the field matures and expands, proven prevention strategies and practices are tailored to new populations and locations and adapted to address emerging problems and trends.  Organizations that have implemented programs resulting in specific changes or outcomes—at either the individual, program, or community levels—are encouraged to respond to this Call for Applications.

2016 Exemplary Awards Program Applicant Submissions    

Greenville County Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Coalition
Refuse, Remove, Reasons (RRR)
Metro Drug Coalition’s Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force
One Voice Youth Empowerment Model
Kids Like Us Program
Refuse to Use Program
Connect-Immunity II / Sisters Who Care

2015 Exemplary Award Program Winners

Congratulations to the following programs for receiving a 2015 Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies:

MATFORCE: Strategies to Address Prescription Drug Abuse in Yavapai County (Arizona)
MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition in central Arizona, has been addressing prescription drug abuse since 2010. For the past five years, Coalition and community members implement comprehensive action plans based on the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model and engage hundreds of citizens in the work needed to sustain a multi-systemic approach for addressing prescription drug misuse and abuse. The imitative focuses on five strategies: 1) Reduce access to prescription drugs; 2) Educate prescribers and pharmacists about “Rx drug best practices;” 3) Enhance prescription drug practice and polices in law enforcement; 4) Increase public awareness about the risks of prescription drug misuse; and 5) Build resilience in children and adults. As a result of Coalition efforts, Yavapai County has witnessed substantial decreases in prescription drug problems.

Community Culture of Responsible Choices (Missouri)
The Community Culture of Responsible Choices (CCoRC) initiative, implemented from 2006-2015 in Johnson County, Missouri, was designated to reduce underage and high-risk drinking among Air Force Personnel stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB) in Johnson County, Missouri. The target population for the initiative was the approximately 700 Whiteman AFB personnel aged 18-26 years old. Based on a needs assessment, three primary problem areas were identified: 1) Driving While Intoxicated; 2) Underage Consumption of Alcohol; and 3) High-Risk Drinking. By implementing a modification of the Community Trials Program, the CCoRC Coalition built a strong, multi-agency coalition. Through implementation of enforcement operations, alcohol-free activities, and an innovative, comprehensive education campaign for Whiteman AFB, this project resulted in significant reductions in the three primary problem areas.

ICAN Be the Change (Arizona)
Since 2006, ICAN Be the Change has operated grassroots evidence-based prevention programs that have deterred neighborhood kids from involvement in risky behaviors and preventing youth substance abuse in the City of Chandler, Arizona. In this area, youth and families experience significant poverty and other risk factors, including easy access to drugs and alcohol, high rates of use, exposure to violence and family conflict, low community attachment and commitment to school, and favorable attitudes toward drug and alcohol use/abuse. The initiative focuses on preventing underage drinking, marijuana use, and illegal use of prescription drugs. Evaluation results reveal improvements in critical protective factors; increased participation of adults and family members in prevention activities with their children and communication about underage drinking and substance use risks; decreased alcohol signage in the community; and reduced party citations and alcohol use among 10th graders.

Diversion Alert (Maine)
Diversion Alert (DA) is a statewide program in Maine that links prescribers, pharmacists, and law enforcement in their efforts to confront prescription drug abuse. The Diversion Alert Program became a resource for prescribers in the county by increasing awareness of patients abusing or diverting prescriptions so that medical professionals could more effectively respond to and treat patients struggling with addiction; increasing awareness of the magnitude of prescription drug abuse as a means to increase health care providers’ readiness to change prescribing behaviors; delivering a resource that is easy to use; increasing access to educational resources about responding to prescription drug abuse and diversion; and developing a strategy to link health care providers and law enforcement in their efforts to tackle prescription drug abuse and diversion. Evaluation results demonstrate significant improvements in health care professionals’ communication and collaboration with patients and increased their attentiveness to prescribing practices.



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