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For more than a decade, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has helped communities implement evidence-based initiatives, such as Botvin LifeSkills Training, to encourage healthy youth development.

Now, as a result of a budget bill passed by the Pennsylvania Senate that would slash state funding, these programs could be in danger. The state Senate budget bill, would cut $4.7 million for evidence-based prevention and intervention programs, $3 million for research-based violence prevention programs, and $3.13 million in state support for Weed and Seed.

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-5/15/09

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The Manassas school system has received a three-year grant of approximately $23,500 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation to assist in the division's efforts to teach tobacco use prevention and refusal skills. 

The grant, titled Tobacco Use Prevention Programs for Youth, will focus on eighth-grade students over the three-year period. According to Dr. Gail Pope, superintendent of schools, the division has successfully implemented the LifeSkills Training curriculum in grades 3 to 7, which promotes healthy alternatives to at-risk behaviors.

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-4/30/09

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The first of two ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition Town Hall meetings was held at the Lawrence County Community Room Thursday night.

Programs currently being conducted by ATOD were discussed as well as the upcoming LifeSkills Training program.

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-4/29/09

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The Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program has been awarded top ratings from the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). LST, a drug abuse and violence prevention program, received a perfect 4.0 for its overall Readiness for Dissemination (RFD) score, which rates the quality of LST curriculum materials, web site, training, technical assistance, and overall support infrastructure. 

LST also received a near-perfect 3.9 for the Quality of Research score, which assesses the quality of the research supporting the effectiveness of the LST program (including the validity and reliability of outcome measures, the appropriateness and strength of research designs, the appropriateness of data analysis, and the measures of implementation fidelity).

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-4/21/09

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Despite state budget cuts looming in the upcoming fiscal year, Garrett County, Maryland expects to receive more money for the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. The county's drug and alcohol abuse prevention program is one of the largest in the state with Botvin LifeSkills Training focusing on third to eighth grades.

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-4/10/09

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In the bout with the methamphetamine epidemic, the Marshall County Bowen Center has stepped into the ring. The plan is to get there before the problem begins. 


By the end of this month, all sixth- or seventh-graders in Marshall County will be taught LifeSkills Training (LST) classes. Implemented in 13 elementary, middle and junior high schools, students will receive four to eight LST sessions throughout the year during resource or study hall time.


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-4/7/09

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This month, Plymouth schools Riverside and Lincoln Jr. High will implement Botvin LifeSkills Training to teach kids drug resistance skills. 

“Kids who undergo LifeSkills Training are 75 to 87 percent less likely to use gateway drugs such as cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana. Kids in the training were almost 70 percent less likely to use all other drugs, including methamphetamine,"said Robert Ryan director of the Bowen Center, a drug treatment facility in Marshall County.

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-4/2/09

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Investing in addiction prevention programs yields a 10-1 return for society, according to researchers from Iowa State University (ISU) who studied the Iowa Strengthening Families Program and the LifeSkills Training Program.

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-3/16/09

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According to researchers from Iowa State University, every dollar invested in substance-abuse prevention yields $10 in savings.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Program showed to have a $9.98 return on investment for every $1 spent in terms of preventing methamphetamine use.

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-2/4/09

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Demopolis Middle School hosted its first awards ceremony for its LifeSkills Training program on Thursday. Sixth-graders have been taking the LifeSkills course to help them make good decisions at a crucial point in their lives.

"LifeSkills is a curriculum that is designed to help students in Grade 6 improve self-esteem, confidence, image and instruct them on how to make good decisions,” said LifeSkills Training instructor Loretta Wilson. “It also increases their awareness about various forms of tobacco use and alcohol and drug use.

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-1/30/09
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