Colorado, which received a State Incentive Grant three years ago, is one state that chose to use the grant entirely in collaboration with schools. “We felt it was the best way to reach 12- to 17-year-olds,” said Sondra Cook, project manager for the Colorado State Incentive Grant.

Communities were chosen through a competitive needs assessment program through the Colorado Department of Education. Each of 20 school districts received funds, and each introduced a CSAP science-based curriculum.

“We’ve had differing levels of success,” said Cook. “One small community has significantly cut absences, in the neighborhood of 50 percent. And the more you keep kids in school, the better chance they have of graduating, and they don’t use alcohol and drugs as much. We’re pleased with what [the programs] have shown so far.”

The program is entering its third year in Colorado.