Substance Abuse Prevention System
Program Fact Sheet

Bureau of Community-Based & Primary Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Comprehensive Grant Program providers target youth 10-17 years old and their families, schools, peers, and community environments, as well as the general population. The Statewide Grant Program targets a specific sector or sub-population (e.g. higher education) or delivers a unique service (e.g. statewide youth leadership program).


To reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use among youth.


Comprehensive Grant Providers deliver an array of prevention strategies that have some evidence of being effective in addressing their local needs. These include but are not limited to; youth prevention education model programs, parent education, mentoring, tutoring, communication campaigns, and technical assistance to a school to advance Student Assistance Programs or a coalition to address public policy to reduce alcohol and tobacco use. Special Projects and statewide substance abuse prevention Providers deliver services that either target a unique population or serve the State.

Delivery Method

Providers are encouraged to use local data to identify the most salient ATOD prevention needs within their designated service area. Based on the information collected, evidence-based programs, practices, and policies are implemented and then evaluated for effectiveness. Providers can choose the settings in which they deliver their prevention strategies (after-school, during school, or within the community).

Program Data

(Comprehensive Grant Programs)

Substance Abuse Prevention System Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $15,838.20 $16,542.00 $17,132.30 $17,387.40
Number of Grantees 138 138 138 138
Number Served 445742 392905 345600 284981

Program Effectiveness

  • Three rural Project Alert programs targeting youth grades 7th -8th demonstrated at least one favorable change/trend regarding perceptions of peer disapproval of ATOD in the intervention group relative to the comparison group of youth.
  • Programs implemented in both rural and Chicago-based schools were able to demonstrate attitudinal changes in youth grades 6th-8th who participated in Botvins Life Skills Training (LST).