Substance Abuse Prevention
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.


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.

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) SFY06 SFY07 SFY08 SFY09
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $18,979.5 $19,602.2 $18,913.9 $18,481.9
Number of Grantees 138 131 131 125
Number Served 284,981 250,835 257,071 248,965

Program Effectiveness

  • Increased ATOD resistance skills among program participants
  • Increased perceptions that ATOD use is harmful
  • Increased drug knowledge
  • Delayed alcohol use
  • Delayed intent to use alcohol and inhalants
  • Decreased perceptions that peers are using illicit drugs
  • Decreased perceptions that adults are using illicit drugs