Guiding Good Choices
Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A family competency training program to enhance parenting behaviors and skills, to enhance effective child management behaviors and parent-child interactions and bonding, to teach children skills to resist peer influence, and to reduce adolescent problem behaviors.
Guiding Good Choices is a very inexpensive parent training program that teaches parents how to guide their children into making good choices about alcohol and drug use. The federal Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant as well as the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Formula funds are both potential sources of support. Prevention funding through Public Health systems, from federal discretionary grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the US Department of Education, and from the private sector are also potential sources of support for GGC.
Improving the Use of Existing Public Funds
To the extent that existing substance abuse and delinquency prevention funding is not allocated to evidence-based interventions, consideration should be given to shifting such funds to Guiding Good Choices.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
State grants from departments of Health and Juvenile Justice related to substance abuse and delinquency prevention may be available to fund GGC.
Maximizing Federal Funds
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Formula Funds from the Department of Justice support a variety of improvements to delinquency prevention programs in states. Evidence-based programs are an explicit priority for these funds, which are typically administered on a competitive basis from the state administering agency to community-based programs.
- The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant can fund a variety of substance abuse prevention activities and is a potential source of funding for GGC, depending on the priorities of the state administering agency.
- Discretionary federal grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the US Department of Education may be available to support Guiding Good Choices.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Foundations, particularly those with an interest in substance abuse and delinquency prevention, should be considered good sources of funding for GGC.
Generating New Revenue
Prevention programs such as Guiding Good Choices can potentially be supported through new state or local funding streams dedicated to prevention. Sin taxes, such as those that target alcohol and tobacco use, have been established by some states to support substance abuse prevention programs. Fundraising through partnerships with local businesses and civic organizations can offer dollars to support the training and curriculum purchases.
All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the purveyor, Channing-Bete Company, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.