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					                                        Virginia Department of Health
                                       Office of Family Health Services
                                  Division of Injury and Violence Prevention

                             Inhalant Abuse Mini-Grant Application
                                          Guidelines
Funding Opportunity Name:             Inhalant Abuse Prevention Campaign – Schools

Funding Agency:                       Virginia Department of Health, Office of Family Health Services,
                                      Division of Injury and Violence Prevention

Project Period:                       March 1, 2007 – June 30, 2007

Award Amount:                         $2,000 (Reimbursable Grant)

Number of Awards Available:           Ten (10)

Eligibility and Other Requirements:

ONLY Virginia public or private schools that serve 6-8 graders are eligible. Project funds are ONLY to be used
to educate parents and caregivers on the topic of inhalant abuse prevention and to hold an Inhalant Abuse
Prevention event at their school. Applicants agree to use the Alliance for Consumer Education’s Inhalant
Abuse Prevention Kit; submit completed Parent Evaluation forms to the Department of Health; and to submit
within 30 days after the project ends a narrative progress report that includes the highlights and lowlights of
their inhalant abuse prevention project. Selected applicants will be required to launch their project during
Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, 2007, and to attend an Inhalant Abuse Prevention workshop scheduled
for March 1, 2007 at the Division of Injury and Violence Prevention’s Safe Schools and Safe Students
conference in Richmond, Virginia. Any travel and/or lodging costs to attend this workshop do not need to be
included in the budget.

History/Background:

Inhalant abuse among school-age children is on the rise. More than 2.6 million children in the country will
experiment with some form of an inhalant (SAMHSA 2001). Over the past two years, inhalant abuse increased
by 18% among eighth graders and by 44% among sixth graders (PATS 2003). Unfortunately, only nine out of
ten parents are unaware or are in denial that their children may have used inhalants and less than half of the
parents talked to their children about inhalant abuse because they did not feel they knew enough about the issue
(ACE 2003).

According to the Alliance for Consumer Education:

      1 in 4 students in America has intentionally abused a common household product to get high by the time
       they reach the eighth grade.
      Inhalants tend to be the drug that is tried first by children.
      “Sniffing” and "huffing" can begin at age 10 or younger.
      59% of children are aware of friends huffing at age 12.
      Inhalants are the fourth most-abused substance after alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana.
      The number of lives claimed by Inhalant Abuse each year is unknown because these deaths often are
       attributed to other causes.
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In the recently published 2005 Virginia Community Youth Survey (VA Department of Mental Health, Mental
Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services), eight graders in Virginia were slightly more likely to have used
inhalants (8% Virginia, 4.5% Nation) within the past 30 days when compared to student drug use nationwide.

The Virginia Department of Health, Division of Injury and Violence Prevention will launch an Inhalant Abuse
Prevention Campaign throughout the Commonwealth during the month of March 2007 and around Poison
Prevention Week – March 18-24, 2007. We will collaborate with 10 schools, Virginia’s poison centers, and
SAFE Kids Coalitions and Chapters to introduce and educate parents and caregivers about the issue. The
campaign will target parents and caregivers of middle school-aged children. The Inhalant Abuse Prevention Kit
(developed by the Alliance for Consumer Education) will be utilized by community partners and others selected
for this project. The Kit is intended to support individual and small-group education sessions for parents,
caregivers, and community leaders. The Kit contains a facilitator’s guide, DVD that includes a power point
presentation for facilitators; a FAQ sheet; Parent Survey*; and brochures.

For more information about Inhalant Abuse and the Alliance for Consumer Education Inhalant Abuse
Prevention Kit, please visit www.inhalant.org or www.vahealth.org. Free kits will be provided to selected
schools.

Application Due Date: Completed applications are due by 5 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2007.
Applications may be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to:

                                             Leonard Recupero
                                  Community Injury Prevention Coordinator
                                       Virginia Department of Health
                 Office of Family Health Services/Division of Injury and Violence Prevention
                                        109 Governor Street, 8th Floor
                                         Richmond, Virginia 23219
                                             Tel: 804-864-7734
                                             Fax: 804-864-7748
                                E-mail: Leonard.recupero@vdh.virginia.gov




* The Kit comes with a Parent Survey designed by ACE. However, for purposes of this VDH project, selected
applicants will be asked to use a revised version. Contact Leonard Recupero to obtain a copy of the revised
Parent Survey.




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                                        Virginia Department of Health
                                       Office of Family Health Services
                                  Division of Injury and Violence Prevention

                             Inhalant Abuse Mini-Grant Application
Please type or print your responses below. Return your completed application by mail, fax or E-mail to
Leonard Recupero, Community Injury Prevention Coordinator, by 5 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2007.


I. School Contact Information

          1.   School Name:
          2.   School Mailing Address:
          3.   School Shipping Address:
          4.   School Phone Number:
          5.   School Fax Number:
          6.   Contact Person:
          7.   Contact Person E-mail Address:

II. Questions

          1.   Why are you applying for this grant?
          2.   How has your school been impacted by inhalant abuse?
          3.   How will you engage parents and caregivers in your inhalant abuse prevention project?
          4.   Who will be responsible for educating parents and caregivers on the topic? What are the
               qualifications of this individual(s)?
          5.   How will you launch your prevention project during Poison Prevention Week (March 18-24,
               2007)?
          6.   How will you use grant funds to support your Inhalant Abuse Prevention project? (be specific in
               your response; assign a cost to each activity or item to be purchased)
          7.   Who will manage and provide oversight for your project’s budget, implementation, and
               reporting?
          8.   How will you measure the success of your project?
          9.   Tell us how your project will continue after June 30, 2007.


   Return completed application to:

                                             Leonard Recupero
                                  Community Injury Prevention Coordinator
                                       Virginia Department of Health
                 Office of Family Health Services/Division of Injury and Violence Prevention
                                        109 Governor Street, 8th Floor
                                         Richmond, Virginia 23219
                                             Tel: 804-864-7734
                                             Fax: 804-864-7748
                                E-mail: Leonard.recupero@vdh.virginia.gov

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