The mission of LaCASU is to foster safe and healthy collegiate communities by reducing problems associated with students’ substance use through collaboration among institutions of higher education and key community and state stakeholders. LaCASU offers a range of services that are centered around: (1) Research and Evaluation, (2) Professional Development, and (3) Technical Assistance.
Research and Evaluation
Through the Core Survey data that is collected, recommendations are made to various community coalitions and statewide task forces on data prioritization and possible environmental intervention solutions. Core Survey data has been used to produce a statewide data brief on behalf of the State Epidemiology Workgroup (SEW), develop a bystander intervention training program for collegiate and high school populations, develop a parish-wide social norms campaign in Tangipahoa parish, and to write a grant for Transforming Youth Recovery to secure a $10,000 grant for collegiate recovery at Louisiana State University. Additionally, data from the Core Survey also helps to shape the statewide conversation on substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery through LaCASU’s involvement with the Governor’s Advisory Council on Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education (HOPE Council) and the Prevention Systems Committee (PSC).
Through the LaHEC grant we annually provide multiple professional development opportunities for higher education staff around the best practices regarding environmental strategies to reduce the negative consequences of substance use. One of the professional development opportunities we offer includes an annual summit held in Baton Rouge as well as technical assistance to all of Louisiana’s institutions of higher of education that request it (based on capacity and availability). These services are offered free of charge to the institutions.
We provide technical assistance to Louisiana’s higher education institutions through two means: regional trainings and individual institution trainings. Through our grant, we perform traditionally perform these during even years, conducting up to ten (10) regional trainings and up to 25 individual institution trainings (on topics including bystander intervention, compliance with federal substance use reporting, and social norms).