Essential Substance Abuse Prevention Services Grantees

Start: January 1, 2006


AdCare Educational Institute will collaborate with partner coalitions throughout the state to implement the Youth Empowerment and Policy Project in their home communities. The initial six coalitions are KEYS for Promise, Healthy Androscoggin, Coalition of Western Maine, River Valley Coalition, Building Communities, and the River Coalition. Sixteen young people, ages 14-16, will be employed, trained and empowered to work on policy change at the local level. AdCare/YEPP will disseminate the methods and results of the project to replicate the efforts of the project.

KIDS Consortium will be delivering their program Youthlead in three communities: Millinocket, Mount Desert Island, and Westbrook; and expanding to other communities in each region. Youthlead is a multi-faceted project designed to engage middle and high school students in service-learning projects aimed directly at reducing alcohol use, including binge drinking.

Medical Care Development’s Maine Environmental Substance Abuse Prevention (MESAP) Center will provide training, technical assistance, capacity building and information sharing for OSA grantees and other stakeholders that are working on community and society/environmental level underage drinking prevention across the state. Working with project leaders on a local (individualized training and T.A.), regional (day long training in each region), and statewide level (three intensive half day trainings), MESAP will build multi-level, multi-sector capacity and infrastructure in four interconnected strategy areas: policy, enforcement, communications and collaboration. Materials developed and implementation guidelines will be rooted in the SAMHSA model program, Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol.

Region I

City of Portland, Public Health Division plans to implement Guiding Good Choices for parents of 8-13 year olds, Reconnecting Youth to high school students at risk of dropping out, Wayneflete/Kieve Leadership Institute to ninth graders, and continue CMCA to further decrease access to alcohol to youth. These activities will be coordinated under the One ME One Portland Coalition, which is planning to increase its membership. Risk factors being addressed are attitudes favorable to antisocial behavior, low school commitment, and laws and norms favorable to drug use.

Day One proposes to work in South Portland by providing the Empowering Youth program for middle school children transitioning to high school; supporting parents of middle school children by offering the Guiding Good Choices program and support services; providing alternatives to arrest and possible incarceration to first time offenders by diverting at risk youth to screening, assessment and treatment for substance abuse; and establishing policy with the Juvenile Treatment Network and South Portland Police Department to offer parenting support for parents of all youth referred for further assessment and treatment via the JTN.

Mid Coast Hospital – Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) will work directly on alcohol and marijuana prevention and proposes to serve 12-18 year old and their parents. Part of ACCESS Health Coalition – a One ME grantee, they will serve the primary communities of Bath, Brunswick, and Topsham, with additional communities being served by the Bath school district and SAD-75. All Stars will be offered in Bath and SAD 75 schools serving middle school students; Don’t Toss Your Teens will be offered in Bath, Brunswick and Topsham serving parents; and Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol will be offered in Brunswick in year one and expand to the other communities in progressive years.

Raymond School Department will continue their mentoring program for youth at risk with elementary, middle school, and junior high students. The mentors and family members of the mentees will also benefits from this program as secondary customers. They will be partnering with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s department to improve student, parent and general community awareness about substance abuse through educational campaigns, development of activities recommended by the 2004 YEPP findings, and providing licensee training to appropriate businesses in the Lake Region area.

University of New England, Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition will develop a coordinated substance abuse prevention program that will serve the communities of Old Orchard Beach, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport / MSAD #71. The program is to create an infra structure for providing substance abuse prevention services for these communities by building upon available assets and resource and addressing the gaps that exist in the schools and communities. Focus will be on implementing school-based programs: New Chance Group (alternative to suspension), Natural Helpers, Captain’s Club, Leadership and Resiliency, and Not on Tobacco; and community programs (Sticker Shock, Safe Homes Program, and Community Resolution Boards).

University of Southern Maine proposes to enhance the substance abuse prevention and intervention efforts through the following strategies: off-campus enforcement details working with the Gorham police and on-campus enforcement details to increase enforcement of minimum drinking age laws; providing alcohol-free social programs as alternatives; social norms marketing campaign to correct student misperceptions about alcohol use on campus and informing new students and parents about alcohol policies and penalties; and creating a half-time coordinator of Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention position. The coordinator that would establish a BASIC referral system and interventions, administer the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, and coordinate other aspects of this project.

Region II  

Community Concepts—Project Success

Project Success will be delivered to 9th graders at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and students at Streaked Mountain Alternative Education School. Project Success is a SAMHSA model program which has been implemented this year using One ME funding. The policy component will start with effecting change as it relates to the school alcohol and drug use policies using YEP recommendations as the basis for the work.

The Community School—Passages Program

The Passages Program offers the only home-based high school experience for pregnant and/or parenting adolescent high school dropouts in Knox, Waldo and parts of Lincoln County. The Passages program requires students to work in 23 core skills area and their school experience culminates in a final passage—an experiential project designed to address a particular real life passion, challenge, risk or fear. Outreach services are also available to students who have graduated and/or left the program.

Greater Waterville PATCH—Greater Waterville Prevention Coalition

This One ME coalition proposes to continue Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol in the Greater Waterville Area. They will provide Olweus Bullying Prevention program in four middle schools. They will also work with four school districts and four police departments on underage drinking policies and responsible retailing strategies and continue the tobacco reduction program Tar Wars.

Penobscot Bay YMCA— Knox County Coalition Against Tobacco

This One ME coalition will provide two model programs to schools that were not covered by One ME programming. The first model program, Lion’s Quest—Skills for Adolescence would be implemented at Thomaston Grammar School and with adolescents participating in Youthlinks programs. The second school receiving services would be Appleton Village School where the Olweus Bullying Prevention program would be instituted.

Waldo County Preschool and Family Services--Building Communities for Children

This group will continue work begun as part of the One ME initiative, in particular Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol. Approach is a county-wide one that involves participation by multiple sectors including strong collaboration with law enforcement. A Belfast Area Task Force on Substance Abuse was begun in September 2004 and the findings and recommendation were released to the community in June 2005. Proposed strategies/activities will also work on implementing the recommendations.

Youth and Family Services—Healthy Workplace

Healthy Workplace is a SAMHSA model program that will be delivered in western Somerset County in workplaces with a special emphasis on young adults ages 18-24. This grant will provide materials and training and support to two pilot projects—involving the Madison and Skowhegan Chambers of Commerce. Pilot sites will choose at least one intervention, from five choices, and agree to support three series of the interventions throughout the year. A $250 award will be given to the employee group achieving the greatest reduction in three risk factors: inadequate skills to reduce alcohol and drug abuse, acceptance of excessive alcohol use and drug abuse and lack of confidence in ability to reduce alcohol and drug use.

Region III

Aroostook Mental Health Center (county-wide):

With this award, AMHC will continue operation of the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp, which consists primarily of a 5-day residential summer camp, plus numerous leadership, empowerment, teaching, relationship-building, and chem.-free social opportunities throughout the year for the students who are involved in the camp both as students (grades 6-9) and staff (grades 8-12).

Bucksport Bay Healthy Community Coalition (Bucksport area):

The coalition will establish a Community Assistance Program in conjunction with the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, based on the SAMHSA Model Program “Healthy Workplace” and the Bureau of Health’s “Good Work” program. In addition, the coalition will continue the work it has begun under its One ME grant, implementing Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol, including development of a new juvenile diversion program in partnership with the Bucksport Police Department and work on athletic policies.

Downeast Health Services/Coastal Hancock Healthy Communities (Ellsworth/Blue Hill area):

This program interweaves three prevention models, centered in Ellsworth but reaching out into the Blue Hill area, and potentially into the rest of Hancock County as well. The three programs to be funded are a social norms marketing campaign (to influence youth drinking decisions by correcting misperceptions of the norms), Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), started by a One ME grant, and a Big Brothers/Big Sisters peer mentoring program.

MSAD #27 ( Fort Kent area):

The Community Voices coalition, which began as a Maine Youth Voices group and then expanded into an underage drinking coalition and then OneME coalition, proposes to continue and expand implementation of the model program Community Trials Intervention to Reduce High-Risk Drinking (CTI). Additionally, they plan to build a community service component for underage drinking offenders around Project Sticker Shock, create a forum to develop a sustainability plan for their Teen Center, and develop a mentoring program for middle school girls in conjunction with the Student Teacher Education Preparation Society at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Neighbors Against Drug Abuse ( Calais):

This neighborhood coalition proposes to implement several model programs to address the risk factors identified as priorities in Calais including: Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA) and Guiding Good Choices. In addition, the coalition will explore the adaptability of the San Diego-Tijuana Border Project to support the Calais Police Department’s law enforcement strategy, implement a pilot project to test the feasibility of the Across Ages mentoring program, and help support the next phase of their Communities that Care training and planning process.

River Coalition ( Old Town area):

The River Coalition will develop a community-wide campaign called “Family Matters,” which will pave the way for implementation of the model program Guiding Good Choices. Old Town High School will implement Reconnecting Youth, and will also create a Youth Council (building on previous efforts) who will work with the Youth Empowerment and Policy Group to focus on policy and law enforcement. Additionally, the coalition will continue the work of their Substance Abuse Task Force, which will sustain several environmental strategies (particularly related to enforcement partnerships, underage access to alcohol and Responsible Beverage Service training) begun with their One ME grant.