SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 144
October 9, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||General Assembly Resolution Concerning Local Prevention and Advisory Group|
The General Assembly has requested that I transmit a resolution from the 1998 session in order that you have the sense of the Assembly on the issue of substance abuse prevention and local collaborative efforts. Senate Joint Resolution No. 157 (copy attached) includes the following provisions: (1) Each locality in the Commonwealth should designate a local Prevention Advisory and Planning Group inclusive of all agencies receiving prevention funding, as well as civic and social groups, local businesses, the faith community, private human service agencies, parents, and youth; (2) Each local Prevention Advisory and Planning Group should develop, implement, and monitor a Comprehensive Community Prevention Plan, based on measurable community risk factors and designed to provide a continuum of prevention services for youths and families across agencies and community groups; and (3) The use of state agency prevention funds in localities should be guided by, and actively support, the goals and objectives outlined in the Comprehensive Community Prevention Plan. This resolution has direct implications for school divisions receiving prevention funding from the Virginia Departments of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; Health; Education; Corrections; Juvenile Justice; Social Services; and Motor Vehicles. If you have questions regarding this resolution, please contact Arlene Cundiff, Coordinator, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, at (804) 225-2871. PDS/saj Attachment: A hard copy of this memos and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.