Botvin LifeSkills Training Earns Top NREPP Scores

Apr 21, 2009, 04:00 ET from Botvin LifeSkills Training

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) Middle School program has been awarded top scores from the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). LST received a perfect 4.0 for its overall Readiness for Dissemination (RFD) score, which rates the quality of LST curriculum materials, web site, training, technical assistance, and overall support infrastructure. LST also received a near-perfect 3.9 for the Quality of Research score, which assesses the quality of the research supporting the effectiveness of the LST program (including the validity and reliability of outcome measures, the appropriateness and strength of research designs, the appropriateness of data analysis, and the measures of implementation fidelity).

"We are both pleased and proud that LST received such outstanding scores. The selection of the LST program by NREPP and these truly excellent scores highlight the quality of the program and the research supporting its effectiveness. Everyone involved with LST has worked hard to develop the highest quality materials, training, and support structure," said program developer Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin.

NREPP is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) efforts to help community organizations and state and local officials make informed decisions about evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. The searchable resource provides users with a way to identify mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been evaluated and rated by independent reviewers. Review processes generally take several months to complete and involve identifying, reviewing, and disseminating information about programs; NREPP reviewers are recruited, selected, and approved by SAMHSA based on their experience and areas of expertise.

About Botvin LifeSkills Training

Botvin LifeSkills Training is a highly effective and well-respected evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 25 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. The program was developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Cornell University's Weill Medical College and director of Cornell's Institute for Prevention Research. He is also president of National Health Promotion Associates, which promotes evidence-based prevention and provides teacher training and technical assistance. Dr. Botvin is the former president of the Society for Prevention Research and the founding editor of Prevention Science, a highly regarded international scientific journal on prevention. LifeSkills Training has been cited for excellence by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Justice). Studies testing its effectiveness have found that the Botvin LifeSkills Training program can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. Visit for more information.

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