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ELEMENT 1 - Education and Awareness

TO DEVELOP, DESIGN AND DELIVER EDUCATION AND AWARENESS PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL BOARD, ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY/STAFF AND SELECTED COMMUNITY GROUPS.

Education and awareness begins with the SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT. Also included in this element are ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY, SUPPORT STAFF, PARENTS and STUDENTS (see Student Awareness). The outcomes are that all share common knowledge and language about ATOD use, abuse, and dependency, that support of all school leaders is firmly established, and that everyone knows what the school is doing and how his/her unique attributes can be supportive. Cooperation, support and involvement are needed from all stakeholders to establish a common language about ATOD issues.

Periodic and ongoing education and awareness sessions should be conducted for all elements of THE MAINE APPROACH.

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The school board, administration and all staff have participated in an education/awareness program on ATOD use and its related problems.

_____ Key leaders are identified and included.
_____ At least two opportunities for all administration and staff are provided annually to partcipate in education and awareness training.
_____ New administration, board members, and staff are provided with education and awareness as part of their orientation process.

Contemporary information about ATOD use, abuse, and dependency is provided. Those involved are conversant in:

_____ The dynamics and progression of the addictive process of chemical dependency.
_____ The effects of chemical dependency on the family.
_____ Risk, protective,'and resiliency factors and their relationship to chemical use, abuse and dependency.
_____ Enabling in schools and society.
_____ The 3 populations (users, non-users, affected).
_____ The whole person concept and it's relationship to chemical use, abuse, and dependency.
_____ The 4 approaches (moral/legal, public health, psycho-social, and socio-cultural).
_____ The 3 levels of prevention (primary, secondary, tertiary).
_____ The immediate and long-term consequences of ATOD use.
_____ The nature and extent of the problem among their peers.
_____ The process for requesting and obtaining non-threatening help.
_____ The effects that schools can have in prevention and education.
_____ Their personal roles and responsibilities in developing, implementing and enforcing policies.
_____ The essential role of the school and community team.
_____ The purpose and benefit of Student Assistance Teams, peer programs, peer involvement, positive incentive and recognition programs etc., as protective factors.
_____ The outcomes of "THE MAINE APPROACH" and multiple strategies for ATOD prevention are included to ensure that all administration and staff understand and support its 10 elements.
_____ The integration of a school based and community wide prevention/education program is promoted.
_____ All prevention activities are included in the district budget to assure continuing institutionalization of the program.

Revised March 1995.


Maine Office of Substance Abuse
#11 State House Station
A.M.H.I. Complex, Marquardt Building
Augusta, ME 04333-0011

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