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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Program

AODA Program

The Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) AODA program, first authorized under Chapter 331, Laws of 1979, is designed to help local school districts utilize their staff and program resources to develop comprehensive AODA programs. The DPI provides assistance to school districts to develop comprehensive AODA programs which encompass both prevention and intervention services. Prevention programs are designed to help students avoid or minimize future problems related to alcohol and other drug use, while intervention programs are designed to help students who are already experiencing problems. Resources are provided to districts in four general categories: training, technical assistance, information dissemination, and grants. The discretionary grant program supports the development and expansion of district-wide comprehensive, kindergarten through grade 12, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and early intervention programming as part of a coordinated school health program.

Student AODA Mini-Grant Program

The AODA Student Mini-Grant Program allows students to submit proposals/projects, with costs up to $1,000, each fall. For more information regarding Student AODA Mini-Grants go to the following link: AODA Mini-Grant

AODA Program Grant Application Information and Materials

Grant Competition Information – 2019-21

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is now accepting applications for the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) grant program. To submit an application, please open and save the AODA application pdf formDo not download the form using Google Docs or similar software as this can corrupt underlying formulas.

Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on April 19, 2019  by email to:

For more information regarding the AODA grant program, competition process and application guidance, please reference the AODA Grant Program Guidance for 2019-21 below:

AODA Grant Timeline

Date Deliverable
December 6, 2018 2019-21 Grant competition opens
January 23, 2019 Virtual AODA Grant Writer’s Workshop
April 19, 2019 Applications due to DPI email inbox by 11:59 PM
April 29-May 17 External reviews
May 20 – May 31 Internal DPI approvals
Early June

Notifications letters/email

July Subawards delivered

AODA Program Grant Writer’s Workshop Webinar

An internal webinar was recorded on January 24th, 2019. This webinar describes the AODA grant application process in detail. You can also review the PowerPoint presentation, on which, the webinar is based.

Important Note

Because of changes in the YRBS system for this year, 2019 school district data may not be readily available for use in the writing of State AODA grants. The window for taking the YRBS ends in late March and the platform, while improving the accuracy of results, will not allow the data to be immediately available for district use, as it was in the past. Districts are encouraged to use slightly older YRBS data (one or two years old) and other district based data such as Office Disciplinary Referrals to help in setting Measurable Objectives. Grant reviewers will be notified that districts may not have 2019 results available due to this change in DPI’s system, and to make sure not to penalize applicants for lack of 2019 data in their scoring. Districts that are taking the YRBS during the 2019 year should mention that they will have updated data available to use as they review their grant progress. Please feel free to contact with concerns.

Grant Information and Forms

2018-19 Budget Change Request Form NOTE: The last day to submit an AODA Budget Change Request is June 14. Only changes of 10% or more per line item require Budget Change Requests.

AODA Biennial Report

Every other year, the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Team at DPI provides a biennial report based on funded activities. This report can be accessed here.

The Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training and Technical Assistance Center

The Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training & Technical Assistance Center is a collaboration between the CESA Statewide Network and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a new state-wide delivery mechanism for alcohol, tobacco, other drug, violence, and bullying prevention training. The goal of the Safe & Healthy Schools Center is to provide professional learning opportunities for adults in person, online, and follow-up technical assistance. We will continue to build the capacity of Wisconsin schools to plan, implement, and evaluate the programs that most effectively prevent alcohol and other drug abuse and violent behaviors among youth in order to reduce barriers to learning.

The director is Tracy Herlitzke, CESA 4 in West Salem, (608)786-4838,

The four regional staff and contact information:
Jackie Schoening: Central Region, (920)236-0515 or (Covering CESAs 2, 3, 6)
Christine Kleiman: East Region, (920)617-5645 or (Covering CESAs 1, 7, 8)
Lynn Verage: North Region, (715)453-2141 or (Covering CESAs 5, 9, 12)
Carol Zabel: West Region, (715)720-2145 or (Covering CESAs 4, 10, 11)

SSPW Team ATODA Consultants

The Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team consultants who assist with state-funded AODA grants are listed below in the contact information.


Brian Dean

Emily Holder


2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11

Phone Number



Feel free to contact the DPI staff with questions you may have.

For questions about this information, contact Brian Dean (608) 266-9677, Emily Holder (608) 267-9170