The Latest News from Our Field

We curate a digest of the latest news in our field for advocates, policymakers, community coalitions and all who work toward shaping policies and practices to effectively prevent substance use and treat addiction.

Ohio Legislature Repeals UPPL Law

The Ohio legislature has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the state's so-called "UPPL Law," which allowed insurers to deny health coverage to individuals injured while under the influence of alcohol, and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed the measure into law on Jan. 5.

National Mentoring Program Grants

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award $10 million to enable national organizations to provide mentoring services to special high-risk youth populations.

Alcopop Makers Elude Calif. Tax Hike

Makers of so-called "alcopop" drinks have apparently dodged a tax hike in California by reformulating their products so that they will continue to be taxed like beer, not liquor.

House Approves Expansion of Children's Health Insurance Program

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and to fund the program by raising federal tobacco taxes.

Colorado City Follows State's Lead, Cuts Marijuana Possession Fine

City Council members in Federal Heights, Colo. have decided to lower the municipal fine for marijuana possession from $1,000 to $500 for possession of one ounce or less of the drug.

RFA for Drug Free Communities Support Program Released

The Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2009 Drug Free Communities Support Program has been released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Funds for Reducing High-Risk Drinking Among College Students

Colleges and universities can apply for grants from the U.S. Department of Education to support programs that seek to reduce high-risk drinking and violent behavior among college students.

Gang Prevention Coordination and Assistance Program

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award grants of up to $200,000 under its Gang Prevention Coordination and Assistance Program.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program

The U.S. Department of Education is now accepting applications for its Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program, which supports development and implementation of comprehensive, community-wide plans to create safe and drug-free schools and promote healthy childhood development.

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