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BUILDING CAPACITY TO PREVENT YOUTH SUBSTANCE USE AND VIOLENCE IN THE SCHOOLS - "BRIDGE GRANT"
In order to address the elimination of the federal Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) received a small planning grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the grant is to develop a sustainable, prevention focused infrastructure that will build partnerships between state agencies (including the Single State-Agency for Substance Abuse Services), schools and community-based organizations to continue to strengthen schools in creating safe and drug-free learning environments that promote academic achievement.
PED – School and Family Support Bureau took a comprehensive approach to designing the statewide strategic plan that encompasses establishing the framework for building state capacity. Utilizing the prevention framework from The Prevention Institute’s Spectrum of Prevention as a foundation, NMPED conducted a statewide assessment with over 340 respondents, selected youth-related data indicators from the 2009 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) to measure progress, and hosted six regional strategic planning sessions with over 250 individuals representing over 100 school and non-school organizations with the goal to develop a New Mexico Statewide Strategic Plan that addresses the prevention of youth substance and violence in the schools. Below are written documents produced from the “Bridge Grant” initiative: