History

The Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc. (ASAP) Coalition began in 1985 as a grassroots coalition to address the increase of adolescent substance abuse in Rapid City, South Dakota and the surrounding communities in Pennington County, and became a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in 1986 and is a non-profit registered with the State of South Dakota.

ASAP's first major accomplishment was to plan and organize the construction of the St. James Street House, the only adolescent halfway house in Western South Dakota. The coalition raised $100,000 in in-kind donations from the community.

Over the years, ASAP has sponsored several alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention activities such as Red Ribbon Celebration since 1988, a resource and referral manual, Drug Free Zone signs at area schools, youth conferences and community forums. In fall 2011, ASAP hosted its 12th annual Youth 2 Youth Conference. The 5th annual Middle School Youth 2 Youth Conference was held in the spring of 2012. The 6th annual SAVE Conference for adults and the annual SAVE Youth Conference were held in March 2010. The SAVE Conference has not been held again since 2010 due to lack of funding.

ASAP has coordinated prevention activities for over 26 years and now serves as the Mayor’s Anti-Drug Task Force. ASAP began on a small scale, relying primarily on community support for its activities. ASAP created committees and sub-committees to improve the organization and ensure the achievement of the goals and objectives.

ASAP then applied for a Drug Free Communities Grant, which it received in 1999. When this grant ended in 2005, ASAP then applied for and received another 5-year DFC Grant. This grant ended in 2010. ASAP is no longer eligible to apply for this grant, as communities are limited to only two 5-year grant terms. ASAP is looking at ways to sustain activities through community suport. Please see our Funding page for more information.

ASAP along with the Drug Free Communities Grant, helped to implement and provide ongoing support for a school based prevention program called Lifeways, Inc. This program allows for a drug/alcohol prevention counselor in each Rapid City middle & high schools.

ASAP has shifted its approach towards policy development and social norming, using SPF-SIG (Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant) and Block Grant funding from the State of SD Prevention Program under the Department of Social Services. These strategies are implemented using two evidence-based prevention strategies: Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), and Challenging College Alcohol Abuse (CCAA).

ASAP continues to be active in the Rapid City community but needs your help and involvement.