Grant To Aid Teachers With Drug Education

November 13, 1991|By Staff report

WESTMINSTER — A $124,489 federal grant will enable the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education at Carroll Community College to enhance training for public school teachers in substance abuse prevention, identification and intervention. The U.S. Department of Education grant is beingmatched with an in-kind grant of $14,275 from the college. "For the in-kind match, the college has to provide faculty and space, support staff and a certain amount of supplies, resources and services towardthe program," said Deborah Wright, institute coordinator. "The college has to come up with a formula for what is reasonable and possible to do in order to get the grant."

The federal grant is $24,818, more than the institute received for fiscal 1991, she said.

With the 1992 grant, the institute will be able to train 125 teachers, counselors and administrators next year as well as offer advanced training for 60 past graduates.

Other expansions include an intervention handbook and resource guide, the production of a cable TV show and a video for parents of priority risk youth.

Last summer, the institute conducted two one-week training sessions, offering prevention and intervention techniques, referral strategies and drug-education methodologies to 106 Carroll County public school and community college teachers.

Institute faculty are trained in addiction counseling, psychology, pharmacology, nursing, law enforcement, teacher education and other areas.

Community partners in the grant include the county public schools, Health Department and Junction Inc., a counseling service for substance abusers and their families.

"These three organizations contribute staff time and resources, such as materials and videos, to the program," Wright said.

Institute graduates return to their schools and make presentations to faculty, staff and parent groups.

"This is the only program of its kind in the state," Wright said. "There are other programs, but the one thing that makes this program unique is that the teachers go back and train other teachers and parents."

The 1991 trainees are instructing others thisfall and winter. In 1990, 65 institute graduates made 75 presentations at all 32 Carroll schools (30 public schools, one alternative program and CCC), reaching 1,684 teachers and 1,554 parents.

This year's institute also set up a comprehensive resource collection in the CCC library and media center, which is available to institute graduates for their presentations.

"Our program was cited repeatedly as a model program for grant writing, community-based partnerships, teacher training and prevention and early intervention at the fifth annual convention of Drug Free Schools and Communities, put on by the U.S. Department of Education Nov. 4-7 in Bethesda," Wright said.

Information packets from the collection are being sent to other school districts and all 17 community colleges in Maryland.

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