HEALTH DEPARTMENT: INTEGRATED SCHOOL-BASED SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT:
INTEGRATED SCHOOL-BASED SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS

 

Problem Identification:
Lack of coordination of educational programs by Baltimore City Health Department and Baltimore City Public Schools.

Recommended Action:
Eliminate redundancies in service delivery in the City’s school health and addiction prevention efforts.

Classification:
Cost Savings, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
BCHD: School Health Services and Tobacco Use Prevention; Baltimore City Public Schools: Curriculum and Instruction and Safe and Drug Free Schools Program

Estimated Annual Impact:
While the immediate financial impact cannot be estimated, better-coordinated substance and tobacco prevention education efforts could lead to the identification of service redundancies and provide better program planning to maximize the service impacts achieved.

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
Possible differences in spending priorities between the Department and School System.

Projected Implementation:
120 – 180 days

Next Steps:
Agreement between the Department and School System to coordinate efforts, develop a plan, and report on outcomes. Integrate education opportunities between school nurses, school-based health centers, and educators.

Analysis:
Funding for drug and tobacco prevention goes to both the Department and the School System, but programmatic initiatives are not coordinated. The School System has historically resisted the Department’s involvement (BCHD nurses) in school-based health education programs. The School System’s new chief of curriculum and instruction, however, is very open to pursuing greater programmatic collaboration. The school-based health centers are ideal locations to pilot integrated prevention programs.