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Grassroots Prevention Coalition

Last Revised: Mar 10, 2011 - Initial Posting: Aug 17, 2007

Community Action of Southern Indiana coordinates the Grassroots Prevention Coalition to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.


Community Action of Southern Indiana (CASI) operates the Grassroots Prevention Coalition that is comprised of a group of community agencies, organizations and concerned youth and adults who are working together to reduce youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.  The Coalition uses materials and methods that have been proven to prevent drug use by working with youth and their families in the schools and community.

In February 2005, the Coalition conducted a two-year strategic planning process that resulted in the creation of two teams, composed of Coalition members, to address the major objectives and actions for the following two years under the respective goals of (1) Reducing Youth Drug Abuse and (2) Expanding/Enhancing Collaboratives to Support the Work of the Coalition.

Specific initiatives carried out include under the Coalition include:

 The Coalition has also sponsored various community forums to build further support for prevention initiatives including:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/SAMHSADrug Free Communities - SAMHSA (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) is an important source for planning and development of prevention programs with information regarding Funding Opportunities and other specific items including:


The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (U.S. Department of Education) administers the prevention programs listed below and also offers numerous related Reports and Resources:


A total of 3,035 elementary and middle school students participated in the Botvin Life Skills Training Program during the 2006 school year.  Four elementary and four middle schools participated in this initiative.


Leatha Jackson, Division Administrator
812.288.6451 ext. 111