Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin Presents at the NJ Governoré─˘s Conference on Delinquency Prevention
Two-day forum highlights Botvin LifeSkills Training
WHITE PLAINS, NY ľ Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, who developed the highly acclaimed Botvin LifeSkills Training substance abuse and violence prevention program for youth, was an invited speaker at The New Jersey Governor's Conference on Delinquency Prevention. The two-day conference, titled "Blueprints for Safe Streets and Schools" was held in Eatontown, New Jersey, on October 28ľ29, 2008. Dr. Botvin described the LifeSkills Training program, summarized the 25 years of research supporting its effectiveness, and discussed the impact of the LST program on drug abuse, violence, and delinquency. Dr. Botvin also emphasized the critical need for using limited prevention dollars to fund evidenced-based programs.
The conference provided a forum for constructive dialogue about strategies to expand evidence-based prevention programs throughout New Jersey. Educators, court officials, law enforcement agents, and key community leaders from around the state met with nationally known experts who have designed and implemented programs with a proven track record of positively impacting the lives of our nation's youth and families. "It was an honor to be part of this event. Evidence-based approaches are proven to increase public safety through prevention," commented Dr. Botvin. "At a time when funding for prevention is limited, it's critically important to use available funding wisely by choosing programs that work," said Dr. Botvin. Such programs are not only effective, but they can actually save money. According to two independent studies cited by Dr. Botvin, the LST program produces a $25 benefit for every $1 spent.
Governor Corzine introduced New Jersey's Strategy for Safe Streets and Neighborhoods in an effort to enhance public safety. With its emphasis on prevention, the initiative promotes the funding and implementation of evidence-based programs, such as Botvin LifeSkills Training, throughout the state.
Over the past year, numerous state departments and agencies, community and faith-based organizations, schools, and others have worked to implement the prevention component of Governor Corzine's strategy. A key element of the prevention strategy is to expand the availability of resources and technical assistance to communities seeking to replicate Model Programs, such as Botvin LifeSkills Training.
About Botvin LifeSkills Training
Botvin LifeSkills Training is a highly effective and well-respected evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of Cornell's Institute for Prevention Research. LifeSkills Training has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Justice. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that the Botvin LifeSkills Training program can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 87 percent. Visit www.lifeskillstraining.com for more information.
About Princeton Health Press
Princeton Health Press (PHP) is a health education publishing company located in White Plains, NY. PHP publishes the highly acclaimed Botvin LifeSkills Training series, as well as many other titles for use in schools, communities, and families that promote health and personal development.