Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (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: sspw_miniprog.

AODA Grant Timeline

April 17, 2015

June 1, 2015

June, 2015

AODA grant applications due to DPI

2014-15 EOY Report due

Notification of grant awards


Grant Information and Forms

2014-15 Budget Change Request Form (PI-1824)
2014-15 AODA Program Interim Report Form (PI-7101)
2014-15 AODA End of Year (EOY) Report Form
2015-16 AODA Competitive Application
2015-16 AODA Grant Program Guidance Document
AODA Grant Writer’s Workshop Webinar Recording
No AODA grant webinar will be held on March 12, 2015. The webinar is pre-recorded and can be found above. For questions please contact Randy Thiel or Brenda Jennings. Contact information is below.

AODA Biennial Report

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

Introducing 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)465-2139 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 has consultants who assist with state-funded AODA grants. The following is a list of the consultants, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers:


Randy Thiel

Brenda Jennings

Phone Number



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