IRAB coordinates the Fairfax County, VA Youth Survey which is a comprehensive survey of youth in sixth, eighth, tenth, and twelfth grades. It examines behaviors, experiences, and other factors that influence the health and well-being of the county's youth.
Prevention Insights has been awarded the National Evaluation of the Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Program grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health services Administration (SAMHSA).
The American Institute for Research (AIR) will be partnering with Prevention Insights on the 2-year, $1.5 million grant. Only one grant of its kind was awarded. The project runs from September 30, 2019 to September 29, 2021.
Prevention Insights and AIR will conduct the first assessment of SAMHSA’s “new” national TTC model of evidence-based program dissemination to best equip the healthcare workforce with the skills needed to address the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance misuse.
The purpose of the TTC is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for substance use disorder and mental illness.
Prevention Insights will work with agencies in the rural Indiana county of Fayette to plan the groundwork for improved access to opioid-related prevention services. The project will focus on reducing morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses by improving the county’s prevention infrastructure and available services.
Prevention Insights will partner with Family Services and Prevention Programs (FSPP) who will serve as the community lead agency. Continued funding is anticipated in the future to implement, evaluate, and sustain the strategic plan that is developed during the planning phase.
Claude McNeal Productions has received a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the work necessary for ACT Out!, a live social-issues theatre troupe, to become evidence-based in social/emotional learning.
Prevention Insights will oversee the evidence-based research. The research will support:
- the creation of curriculum around Act Out!’s core topics: bullying, diversity and inclusion, substance abuse, healthy relationships, social anxiety and character development.
- pilot testing of the revised program, and;
- a randomized controlled trial in Indianapolis-area schools: Vanguard Collegiate, Lebanon Community High School and Indianapolis Public Schools.
The Indiana College Substance Use Survey has been serving Indiana institutions of higher education since 2009. Funded by the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), the survey collects data on the prevalence of substance use and other risk behaviors among Indiana college students. The survey was developed by the Indiana Collegiate Action Network (ICAN) and the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC), with input from Indiana institutions of higher education and the Indiana State Epidemiology and Outcomes Workgroup. The survey assesses substance use and consequences, variables associated with use (availability, peer attitudes and norms, and age of first use), mental health, and gambling behaviors.
The on-line survey is administered in the spring of odd-numbered years, free of charge, to any Indiana institution of higher education that wishes to participate.