Substance Use Prevention Services
CSFA Number: 444-26-1552
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Contact
Shantel High
Short Description
There are three primary areas that service delivery will focus on in suburban, other urban, and rural areas of Illinois (excluding the City of Chicago):
• Reduce the rate of alcohol use among 8th-12th graders.
• Reduce the non-medical use of prescription drugs among 8th-12th grader and adults.
• Increase and/or maintain participation of public schools in the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS).
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
20 ILCS 301 Short Title - Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act
Objectives and Goals
Goal 1: Reduce 30-day alcohol rates among 8th-12th graders in the suburban, rural, or other urban service area(s) by:

Goal 2: Reduce the non-medical use of prescription drugs by 8th-12th graders and adults in the suburban, rural, or other urban service area(s) by addressing the following contributing factors:

Goal 3: Using the IYS 2016: Percent of Public Schools Completed by CCAs map (Appendix A) as a baseline, increase and/or maintain IYS participation of public schools, at minimum, in the suburban, rural, or other urban service area to ensure that at least 70% of the students in each grade (8th, 10th, and 12th) in the public schools participate.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
SAPS programs must deliver the following services:

1. Deliver evidence-based model Youth Prevention Education
• Select and deliver an evidence-based model youth prevention education program(s) that has demonstrated outcomes in reducing alcohol use with 6th-12th grade students.
• In coordination with the delivery of the evidence-based curriculum/a, deliver an additional session addressing opioids.
• Deliver the selected evidence-based youth prevention education curriculum/a with fidelity in schools during the school day and for the entire grade (i.e., all 6th grade students or all freshman in the school) and in accordance found in the Appendix B.

See Appendix B for the list of the evidence-based Youth Prevention Education model programs.

For more information regarding the additional opioid sessions:

2. Plan for and deliver two communication campaigns addressing underage drinking and non-medical use of prescription drugs
• Promote and implement a communication campaign that aligns with IDHS evidence-based standards (e.g., focus group testing, determining the communication channels best for the community, reinforcing the message) that addresses the contributing factors for reducing past 30-day alcohol use in high school(s) and/or communities.
• Promote and implement a communication campaign that aligns with IDHS evidence-based standards (e.g., focus group testing, determining the communication channels best for the community, reinforcing the message) that addresses the contributing factors for reducing prescription drug use.

See Appendix C for the communication campaign planning and implementation standards.

3. Recruit schools to participate in the administration of the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS)
• Identify and create a list of all public schools in the service area that house 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. The list will include the name of the school, address, and name of the principal and name of another school representative or contact that can be instrumental in recruitment.
• Create and implement an annual IYS Recruitment Action Plan to increase IYS participation of public schools, at minimum, in the service area.
• Provide regular reports to IDHS regarding progress towards IYS recruitment and administration. The deadlines and format to for reporting will be determined by IDHS.

For more information regarding the Illinois Youth Survey:

4. Conduct two activities that focus on the (1) underage drinking and alcohol misuse and the (2) prescription and opioid drug use that match the daily health themes according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Prevention Week schedule
• Engage the Youth Advisory Committee in the planning of two activities.
• Promote the event with local media, schools, and community residents in the service area. At least three channels must be identified and used to promote the events in the service area.
• Report the date, time, location, and a brief description of each activity at least 30 days in advance to IDHS or its provider.
• Conduct two activities that are designed to raise community awareness regarding (1) underage drinking and alcohol misuse and the (2) prescription and opioid drug use in accordance with and during SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week schedule.

To learn more about SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week:

5. Raise awareness regarding the drug take-back programs in the service area
• Identify the locations in the service area that take back prescription drugs and make a list that includes the name of the place, address, and hours of operation (if applicable).
• Plan for and distribute the list in the service area.
• Plan for and distribute educational materials about the potential for abuse of medications, safe disposal and safe storage.
• Promote a prescription drug take back event in the service area in coordination with the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

6. Establish a Youth Advisory Committee
• Develop and/or work with an existing Youth Advisory Committee. Members of the committee must represent the service area.
? If one or more age groups are targeted to participate on the committee, the youth must be close in age (no more than three years difference).
? Youth must reflect the demographics in the community and include a cross-representation of youth (e.g., low to high or no school and/community involvement, good to poor academic performance, low to high or no school attendance, diverse areas of interests and hobbies, values, beliefs, and perspectives, reflective of LGBTQ-oriented youth).
? At least 12 youth must serve on the committee.
? The committee must regularly (e.g., weekly, monthly and not daily) meet during the school year, at minimum.
• The Youth Advisory Committee should be engaged in the following activities, at minimum, to ensure all services and activities are relevant for the target population: (1) the communication campaign(s), (2) National Prevention Week activities.

7. Develop a Resource Guide
Develop one resource guide that identifies all substance use disorder treatment and human service organizations (e.g., afterschool programs, mental health counseling, sexual assault prevention, school-based health clinics that are open to the community, etc.) in and near the service area for linkage and referral purposes.
Eligibility Requirements
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is seeking Applications from community-based public and private not-for-profit organizations and governmental units to provide substance use disorder prevention services in Illinois (excluding the City of Chicago).
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Education Organizations; Public Housing Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Review teams comprised of three individuals serving in IDHS will be assigned to review Applications. Applications will first be reviewed and scored individually. Scores will be sent to the application Review Coordinator to be compiled and averaged to produce the final application score.

Proposal Scoring: Application Narratives will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Executive Summary Not scored
Capacity – Agency Qualifications 20 points
Designated Service Area 10 points
Needs Statement 20 points
Description of Program Services 40 points
Agency Evaluation and Reporting 10 points
Budget and Budget Narrative Not scored


The application criteria to be reviewed and scored are found under each category in this announcement in Section F. Content and Form of Application Submission.

NOTE REGARDING LOCAL OFFICE COORDINATION: Up to an additional 5 points will be awarded to agencies whose Applications include plans to coordinate with the local DHS Family and Community Resource Center(s) to advertise job vacancies and hire TANF and SNAP clients.

2. Review and Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by a panel established by staff from IDHS. Panel members will read and evaluate Applications independently using guidelines furnished by IDHS. Scoring will be on a 100-point scale and up to an additional 5 points for plans to coordinate with local DHS Family and Community Resource Center(s) to advertise job vacancies and hire TANF and SNAP clients. Scoring will not be the sole award criterion.

a) Pre-application Coordination.
Applicant agencies are not eligible for a grant award until they have pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-qualification process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire and a programmatic risk assessment. If applicable, the agency will be notified that it is ineligible for award as a result of the Dun and Bradstreet verification. The entity will be informed of corrective action needed to become eligible for a grant award.

b) The Application Procedure.
An Application must be submitted in the format required by the Department and in the manner dictated by the Department. Refer to NOFO for detailed information.

c) Award Procedure.
1) An award shall be made pursuant to a written determination based on the evaluation criteria set forth in the grant application. A Notice of State Award (NOSA) will be issued to enable the applicant to make an informed decision to accept the grant award. The NOSA shall include:
a. The terms and condition of the award.
b. Specific conditions assigned to the grantee based on the fiscal and administrative and programmatic risk assessments.
3) Upon acceptance of the grant award, announcement of the grant award shall be published by the awarding agency to
4) A written Notice of Denial shall be sent to the applicants not receiving awards.

d) Appeals.
Refer to DHS Merit Based Review Policy - Appeals Process
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2018 : $6,500,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
43CYZ03223-43CYZ03223Chestnut Health Systems, Inc.07/01/201906/30/20201,060,875
43CYZ03228-43CYZ03228Breaking Free, Inc.07/01/201906/30/2020378,070
43CYZ03232-43CYZ03232Family Guidance Centers, Inc.07/01/201906/30/2020336,200
43CYZ03224-43CYZ03224Kenneth Young Center07/01/201906/30/2020333,125
43CYZ03211-43CYZ03211Central East Alcoholism & Drug Council07/01/201906/30/2020307,500