Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, Inc.: Red Ribbon Certification Program

Red Ribbon Certification Program is a school-centered process designed to mobilize families, schools, and communities to prevent substance abuse. Based on the social development model of behavior change, it requires middle and high schools to assemble a team of invested parties to identify and implement a combination of substance abuse prevention strategies that address groups that influence young people’s attitudes and behaviors—schools, parents, peers, and the larger community. Strategies, for the most part, focus on five factors thought to influence alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use—school policies on and climate related to substance use, parent engagement with adolescent children, perceptions of peer use and harms associated with use, availability of substances, and community policies on and general climate regarding youth substance use. The goal of Red Ribbon Certification is to decrease youth substance use and associated, negative risk-taking behaviors by increasing parent involvement and monitoring as well as student attachment to school and pro-social others.

With funding from SAMHSA’s Service to Science Subcontract to Build Evaluation Capacity of Evidence-based interventions, Red Ribbon’s parent organization, Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, will work with The Florida Center for Prevention Research at Florida State University to: develop and administer a student survey designed to assess the prevalence and frequency of substance use, attitudes toward substance use, academic performance, school environment, home and community environment, and parental attitudes toward substance abuse; administer this survey to students in six Red Ribbon Certified schools (intervention group) and students in six additional schools that are not Red Ribbon Certified (comparison group); analyze survey data to determine whether Red Ribbon Certified schools performed better than comparison schools on outcome of interest; and conduct focus groups with key stakeholders in all Red Ribbon Certified schools to ascertain how well the program was implemented.



Marisol Arceo
Red Ribbon Certified Schools Program Director
Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership, Inc.
2490 Coral Way
Miami, Florida 33145
Phone: (786) 536-3701