US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands Prevention (VIP) State Incentive Grant (SIG)

Principal Investigator:

Al Stein-Seroussi


04/01/05 - 04/30/10
The Virgin Islands had a State Incentive Grant (SIG) from the US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to develop and implement a comprehensive initiative to prevent substance abuse among youth, ages 12 - 17. The Virgin Islands Prevention (VIP) State Incentive Grant (SIG) was administered by the Virgin Islands Department of Health, Division of Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Drug Dependency Services. The primary tasks of the VIP SIG were the following: (1) assess the prevention needs and resources of the Virgin Islands, (2) develop a strategic plan for prevention based on data from the needs assessment, (3) enhance the capacity of prevention stakeholders (including government agencies and local service providers), (4) implement evidence-based prevention strategies, and (5) evaluate those strategies. To assist with this project, the Division contracted with the Chapel Hill Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) to conduct the needs and resources assessment, and to evaluate the project. PIRE, in turn, collaborated with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) to assist in the needs and resources assessment and the evaluation. One key element of this project was the development and administration of the USVI Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) which collected data on substance use and other risky behaviors among most public high school youth in the Virgin Islands.