Monthly Archives: February 2010

Grants for Drug Free Community Coalitions

ONDCP and SAMHSA Accepting Applications for $18.75 Million to Harness the Power of Drug Free Community Coalitions

WASHINGTON, DC—The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has announced the availability of new Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program funding.  ONDCP expects to award approximately $18.75 million for 150 new competing grants to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. The deadline to submit DFC grantee applications is Friday, March 19, 2010.              

The DFC Support Program is a collaborative Federal program sponsored by ONDCP and administered in partnership with SAMHSA.  The program aims to establish and strengthen communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, state, local, and tribal governments and entities to collaborate and support community-based efforts to prevent and reduce youth substance use.  The DFC program was created in 1997 under the Drug Free Communities Act, and was reauthorized in 2001, and again in 2006.  The latest reauthorization extends the DFC Program until 2012.  The DFC Program provides grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to five years, with a 10-year maximum limit.

The DFC Program aims to achieve two major goals: 

  • Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities; public and private nonprofit agencies; and Federal, State, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community anti-drug coalitions 
  • Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing a range of risk and protective factors that impact substance abuse

In order to assist potential Drug Free Communities Support Program applicants through the grant process, ONDCP, will post an online workshop and PowerPoint slides on by January 29, 2010.

WHO CAN APPLY: Community-based coalitions that are focused on addressing youth substance use and meet all of the DFC eligibility requirements.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applications for No. SP-10-005 are available by calling SAMHSA’s Health Information Network at 1-877-SAMHSA7 or by downloading the application  Applicants may apply online using

APPLICATION DUE DATE:  All applications are due by March 19, 2010. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Olivia Shockey, Public Health Advisor, CSAP at 240-276-1270 or by email at; or Barbara Orlando, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Program Services at 240-276-1422, or by email at  

For information on DFC and upcoming application workshops, visit the Program’s Web site at

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Prevention Specialist Exam – Sample Questions

1.  A prevention strategy which utilizes one-way communication from the source to the audience, with limited contact between the two, is considered:

A. Alternate activities.

B. Information dissemination.

C. Prevention education.

D. Environmental approach.

Substance Abuse Prevention:  The Intersection of Science and Practice, p. 30
Domain:  Education and Skill Development

2.  Which of the following conditions may result in the requirement to adapt prevention programming?

A. Cost of curriculum.

B. Inappropriate stereotypes.

C. Age of child.

D. Time frame of implementation.

Preventing Drug Abuse Among Children and Adolescents:  2nd Edition, p. 23
Domain:  Planning and Evaluation

3.  What are environmental prevention strategies seeking to change?

A. Norms and laws.

B. Pollution.

C. Self-esteem.

D. Boldness.

National Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST):  April 2006, p. 3-17
Domain:  Public Policy and Environmental Change

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Prevention Education Program

University of Oklahoma


The University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies is now offering a Master’s in Prevention Science program.

Ethical Fitness by Linda Verst

It’s not like I wasn’t warned that having a fairly large family (five children) would increase the possibility of even more bodies once they started reproducing (currently two adult step-grandchildren, six grands under age five, and another on the way).  It’s just that I did not think about how enjoyable yet time consuming it would be! Working full-time in prevention took less time and energy.  So, I am delighted to have another of my passions draw me away and encompass my thinking now and again. 

I’ve been teaching prevention topics, and more specifically, prevention focused ethics for 13 years. The longer I teach, the more I learn and the more I see a need for revisiting our values and principles as prevention professionals.  Pam Lawrenz, my co-trainer, coined the title “Ethical Fitness” for our workshops about ten years ago.  Her insight was that, just as we need exercise to stay physically fit, we must re-address our thinking to stay ethically fit.   Great idea, Pam!

That’s what we’d like to take up in a recurring “Ethical Fitness” column here in our newsletter.  Each quarter, I will provide an ethical dilemma, based on actual events (truth being stranger than fiction), then you advise us on how you’d resolve our dilemma.  Your sharing of ideas will help us all accomplish our “work-outs” free of groans and sighs.  

Here is our initial dilemma: 

“You are a certified prevention specialist working for a non-profit agency in a rural area. One of your responsibilities is to represent your agency as a member of a local coalition.  This coalition plays a major role in funding and planning the county high school’s annual all-night post-prom event.  This event is very popular with the students.  It clearly appears to keep them out of trouble with drinking and other unhealthy behavior after the prom.  Funding is always an issue, and a bigger problem than ever this year.  The coalition is $1,000 short.  A local company, also represented on the coalition, has offered to supply the needed funds.  The only hitch is that they want you to hang a lively colored poster over the entrance to the event that says: “Major funding provided by your local distributor of Weisenbu light beer.  Always choose a designated driver.  Remember we oppose underage drinking.” 

What do you do?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.   You’re also welcome to send sample case studies (suitably disguised) for future discussion to with the subject line of “Ethical Fitness.”

Pennsylvania Creates Prevention Scholarship

In 2009, the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) awarded its first ever Maggie Marcopul Prevention Specialist Scholarship award to Sherry Clouser, the Prevention Program Supervisor at Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services.

About the Recipient

Clouser has been in the addictions field for over 21 years. For 10 years, she worked at the Dauphin County Prison as the Treatment Coordinator. In 1999, she transferred to Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services. Since that time, Clouser has been an Administrative Case Manager, an Intensive Case Manager, a Student Assistance Program D&A Liaison, and most recently became the Prevention Program Supervisor. She has been a Certified Addictions Counselor since 1997.

Clouser holds an Associate of Arts degree in Social Science from Harrisburg Area Community College and a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from The Pennsylvania State University. In her spare time, she works with therapy dogs and has become a certified dog trainer.

“I am more than elated to receive the Maggie Marcopol Prevention Scholarship,” Clouser related. “This award will allow me to learn more about the prevention field and broaden my horizons as a Prevention Supervisor. With hard work and creativity, Dauphin County has the best prevention program and has the potential to be named as a blue ribbon program in the state of Pennsylvania. I have to thank a supportive county government, which includes the Board of County Commissioners, the Human Services Directors Office, a strong prevention staff, and a visionary director, Mavis Nimoh.”

About the Scholarship

The scholarship was established by PCB in memory of their 19-year board member who passed away and had been a life-long prevention specialist. Maggie was affectionately known in Pennsylvania as the “mother of prevention.”

This three-year scholarship, valued at $8,000, includes all fees associated with becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist, a prevention study guide, the first recertification, membership in a statewide prevention association, full attendance at an annual statewide prevention conference, full attendance at the PCB annual conference, and full attendance at the NPN conference. These training opportunities will provide the scholarship recipient with the necessary education hours for certification as a prevention specialist at the end of the three years. The recipient will then become a mentor for the next scholarship recipient.

With this award, Clouser is well on her way to having a number one prevention program. She is as equally excited to share what she learns with others and to mentor future recipients of this award.