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State seeks information on drug prevention education in communities and schools

5/20/2019

Under the leadership of Gov. Mike DeWine, the Ohio departments of Education and Mental Health and Addiction Services have issued a voluntary Request for Information (RFI) to better understand the status of kindergarten through grade 12 drug prevention education across the state. The findings will be used to inform future investments and opportunities aimed at helping communities build and leverage partnerships to deploy prevention education practices.
 
In response to Ohio’s ongoing battle with drug addiction, the state is focusing efforts on the impact this epidemic is having on children, prompting an urgent need for further work in prevention education.
 
The RFI reflects the spirit of previous steps taken to strengthen and educate students in the face of Ohio’s current mental health and addiction crisis, including the Ohio Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education, the Drug Use Prevention Resource Guide, Each Child, Our Future, and RecoveryOhio’s March 2019 initial report. As an important next step in this mission, the RFI will help state-level partners understand what prevention practices are being delivered by Ohio communities and schools.
 
Specifically, the RFI aims to collect information regarding prevention practices, programs and strategies implemented by communities and schools, gaps and barriers that exist in deploying and delivering prevention practices, community partnerships forged among schools, districts, and local boards of alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services (ADAMHS and ADAS), and other partner engagements focused on prevention education.
 
Information collected through the RFI will guide development of a subsequent formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process that will be administered by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
 
Ohio schools, districts and communities are encouraged to respond to the RFI by June 5, 2019. Questions and inquiries regarding the RFI are due by May 22. The RFI can be found here.