Substance Use Prevention

Overview

One of the top preventable health issues facing our youth today is the use of mind-altering substances. The overall goal of substance use prevention and intervention is to promote healthy brain, body, and social development by preventing:

  • illicit drug use
  • prescription drugs misuse
  • tobacco use
  • underage drinking

The Utah State Board of Education Prevention Team uses the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief) Prevention Principles and collaborates closely with the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and the Utah Department of Health to ensure effective prevention practices.

The principles followed in preventing drug use are equally important in other prevention efforts such as suicide prevention, bullying prevention, and other behavioral health issues taking a toll on our youth.

Training Survey

Complete the survey below to request training on substance use prevention.

Student Services Training Request Portal (TRP)
Qualtrics

Regulation

Positive Behaviors Plan

Every Utah public school should have an Local Education Agency (LEA) governing board-approved Positive Behaviors Plan. A Positive Behaviors Plan is, a plan to address the causes of student use of tobacco, alcohol, electronic cigarette products and other controlled substances through promoting positive behaviors.

Title 53G-10-407: Positive Behaviors Plan - Positive Behaviors Specialist Stipend - Reports
Utah State Legislature

R277-910: Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Substance Use Prevention Grant

The Substance Abuse Prevention grant originates from the Substance Abuse Prevention Account and is distributed to LEAs through a competitive grant application process. Funding awarded to LEAs is to be used for substance abuse prevention and education, substance abuse prevention training for teachers and administrators, and are used to supplement, not supplant, existing local prevention efforts in cooperation with local substance abuse authorities.

Title 53E-3-522: Substance Abuse Prevention in Public School Programs - Funds Allocated
Utah State Legislature

R277-460-2: Distribution of Substance Abuse Prevention Account - Definitions
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Program

An Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention program must be offered to all 4th or 5th graders and 7th or 8th graders and 9th or 10th graders. Currently, the Utah State Board of Educations approved provider is Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST).

Title 53G-10-406: Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Program - State Board Rules
Utah State Legislature

R277-910: Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

Title 53F-9-304: Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Program Restricted Account
Utah State Legislature

Resources

Best Practices and Resources Library Alcohol, Tobacco, and Electronic Cigarette Prevention and Cessation Interventions

Get the Facts about Drugs: Just Think Twice
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Provides the latest news, specific drug information, true stories and facts and stats.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Gives the latest information on how drugs affect the brain and body.

Parents Empowered

A media and education campaign funded by the Utah Legislature and designed to prevent and reduce underage drinking in Utah by providing parents and guardians with information about the harmful effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain, along with proven skills for preventing underage alcohol use.

Positive Behaviors Plan 53G-10-407

Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Survey Reports

These reports summarize the findings from the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment Survey that is conducted as part of the SHARP Statewide Survey. The survey is administered every two years, to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in most public and certain charter school districts across Utah. The survey was designed to assess adolescent substance use, anti-social behavior, and the risk and protective factors that predict these adolescent problem behaviors.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (USAMH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Utah Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Tobacco Free Utah

Utah Department of Health

Program Directories

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Identifies youth violence, delinquency, and drug prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness.

Crime Solutions
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

A federal website that uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Many programs listed address behavioral health issues. This resource aims to assist in practical decision making and program implementation by gathering information on specific justice-related programs and reviewing the existing evaluation research against standard criteria.

Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

A searchable database of more than 330 interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. The database was developed to assist people, agencies, and organizations identify and implement evidence-based programs and practices in their communities.

Model Programs Guide
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

A searchable database of more than 200 evidence-based programs that address the entire continuum of youth services, from prevention through sanctions to reentry. Programs are categorized into exemplary, effective, and promising, based on a set of methodological criteria and strength of the findings.

Program Directory Search
youth.gov

Describes evidence-based programs designed to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other behavioral issues among youth. 

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Presents findings of a systematic review process designed to identify scientific evidence of what works in education. Findings are presented to the public through a variety of products including practice guides, online reports and reviews, and a studies database.

Grant Program

Fiscal Year 2022 Grant Application

Application Deadline

November 10, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Awards Notification

November 30, 2021

Application

Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) 2021-2022 Grant Application
Qualtrics

Substance Abuse Prevention (SAP) 2021-2022 Grant Application Introduction and Instructions

Training

Substance Abuse Prevention Grant Webinar
Zoom

Password: 8vK3ad

Regulation

R277-460. Distribution of Substance Abuse Prevention Account
Utah State Board of Education Administrative Rules

These funds are intended to be used for a substance abuse prevention project and/or substance abuse prevention professional development for teachers and administrators.