Blueprints Program Rating: Promising
A family-based intervention to promote protection against, and reduce risk for, behavior problems, illicit drug use, alcohol use, cigarette use, and unsafe sexual behavior in Hispanic youth and adolescents.
As a primary prevention program, Familias Unidas would rely on government grants, private foundations and school system training budgets to fund start-up costs for implementation of the intervention. On-going costs would be minimal, since existing staff are likely to be the implementers.
Allocating State or Local General Funds
To the extent that Familias Unidas is implemented in schools, state and local education budgets with training funds could be considered to pay for the start-up training.
Maximizing Federal Funds
Formula Funds: Federal Department of Education programs such as Title I could be used to fund the initial training in schools that qualify for such funding.
Discretionary Grants: A variety of federal discretionary grants might offer funding options for Familias Unidas. From the Department of Health and Human Services, there may be grant opportunities from the National Institute for Drug Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Institute for Health. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control may also offer relevant grant opportunities.
Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships
Foundations, particularly those interested in Hispanic issues or in educational achievement, should be considered as possible sources for funds for the start-up training.
All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developer of Familias Unidas, Dr. Hilda Pantin, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Blueprints.