[Curriculum Directors] HB 456 Alcohol Prevention Program

Schiess, Lynette Lynette.Schiess at schools.utah.gov
Wed Apr 4 14:10:52 MDT 2018

Secondary Curriculum Directors,

Please read

My name is Lynette Schiess.  I am the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at USBE.  I have been working on implementing legislation from the 2017 session that will affect your LEA.  53G-10-406 states that beginning in the 2018-19 school year, LEAs shall offer a school-based, evidence-based alcohol prevention program, that has been qualified by the advisory council, each year, to every student in grades 8 and 10.  HB 456 (2018) changed the wording to 7 or 8 AND 9 or 10 in order to allow more flexibility for LEAs.

An advisory council was created and met multiple times.  In our efforts to contract for the programs required under 53G-10-406 we issued a request for information, in accordance with 63G-6a-409. This was open from November 7, 2017 through November 24, 2017. We asked for information from the vendor community on how to structure an RFP and to increase awareness of our intent to contract under the forthcoming RFP. This solicitation event was published on the state's e-procurement system, The Utah Public Procurement Place (U3P). This event was sent to 674 vendors.

Based on the information we received in the RFI process and the requirements of the law, the RFP was drafted and published on U3P. The event was posted on January 2, 2018 and closed on January 17, 2018. The event was sent to 1127 vendors who had registered in the U3P system.  The proposals were evaluated by the scoring committee against the criteria set forth in the RFP.  Only one of the vendors met all of the mandatory requirements as set forth by law.  The program that qualified is called Botvin LifeSkills.  This program is evidence based with more than 30 peer reviewed and published studies.  More information about Botvin LifeSkills training can be found at http://lifeskillstraining.com/.

Again, by statute, Botvin LifeSkills must implemented in the schools in 7th or 8th grade and 9th or 10th grade.  It is up to each LEA to choose how they want to implement this program.  LifeSkills is a comprehensive prevention program which covers much more than alcohol prevention and can fit nicely into the health classes as it hits many core standards.  I have attached a crosswalk tool that shows which health standards Botvin LifeSkills addresses, along with how it can help with suicide prevention and bully prevention.  All of the LifeSkills materials and training will be provided to you at no cost.  Please start thinking about how you will implement this in your schools and which teachers are going to be trained to deliver the program.

Craig Zettle from Botvin LifeSkills will be here at USBE for the May Curriculum Directors meeting on May 9th.  He will present on the program and answer questions that you may have about the program.  I wanted to give you a heads up that this is coming.  Although specific teacher training dates have not been finalized, there will be multiple trainings with multiple locations beginning the end of May.  Teachers will be compensated for their time by USBE if they are asked to attend training outside of contract days.

Botvin LifeSkills has an outstanding reputation for being an effective program in reducing underage drinking among other things.  We are really excited to be able to provide this resource to you.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you on May 9th.


Lynette Schiess
lynette.schiess at schools.utah.gov
Student Advocacy Services
Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
801-538-7713   Office
801-538-7868   Fax

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