Botvin LifeSkills Training Program Earns Top U.S. Justice Department Rating

Dec 06, 2011, 04:00 ET from Botvin LifeSkills Training

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) program was recently selected by the U.S. Justice Department as a top evidence-based prevention program and selected for inclusion on the Justice Department's CrimeSolutions website. The website ( is an initiative of the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs.

The new website is designed to promote the use of evidence-based approaches. LST was given the highest rating among the list of evidence-based programs selected for the new website because of its proven effectiveness in preventing substance abuse and violence, because of the extensive evidence supporting its effectiveness, and because there are numerous studies demonstrating its effectiveness.

LST is an established, effective, and widely used school-based approach to prevent substance abuse and violence. Now, with its selection for inclusion on the Crime Solutions website, it will help justice practitioners become aware of this powerful prevention program.

"We are excited to receive this rating from," said program developer Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin. "LST's emphasis on teaching students skills that can help them safely and successfully navigate their way through the many challenges of modern-day life provides those who work with our nation's youth with a reliable and effective resource." is an effort undertaken by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to identify effective, quality programs and practices in the fields of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victimization to serve as evidence-based models for the field. This evidence-based repository is a valuable clearinghouse of information about what works and what is promising in justice programs and practices.

About Botvin LifeSkills Training Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a highly effective evidence-based substance abuse and violence prevention program with more than 30 years of peer-reviewed research behind it. Studies testing its effectiveness have found that LST can reduce the prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use by as much as 80 percent. 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. LST has been used with youth in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in 32 countries around the world. LST is included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and has been selected for prevention excellence by numerous organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (part of the U.S. Department of Justice). Recently LST was selected as a Top Tier prevention program by the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Visit for more information.

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