States, 2 Territories Awarded Strategic Prevention
SAMHSA has awarded its first Strategic Prevention Framework
State Incentive Grants to advance community-based programs
for substance abuse prevention, mental health promotion,
and mental illness prevention. The grants, to 21 states,
total $230 million over 5 years.
According to SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Director Beverly Watts Davis, who serves as the Agency's
Strategic Prevention Framework Matrix Lead, "The
funds will support a five-step process known to promote
youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build
on assets, and prevent problem behaviors." The five
steps are: (1) conduct needs assessments; (2) build state
and local capacity; (3) develop a comprehensive strategic
plan; (4) implement evidence-based prevention policies,
programs, and practices; and (5) monitor and evaluate
program effectiveness, sustaining what has worked well.
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Funding by State
The Arizona Governor's Office for
Children, Youth, and Families will work with other
state agencies to develop a statewide substance abuse
prevention framework that results in data-driven,
community-based activities targeting high-risk youth
The Colorado Prevention Partners
for Sustainable Change project will promote interagency
cooperation, launch new prevention systems, fill
service and policy gaps, and build a state and community
infrastructure that increases efficiency and maximizes
Connecticut will create a strategy
for delivering and implementing substance abuse prevention
and mental health promotion services that can be
used by state and community partners.
The Florida Strategic Prevention
Alliance will use its grant to ensure that state
and community strategic plans are supported by multiple
resources for evidence-based programming.
Illinois will encourage state and
community leaders to work in tandem to remove barriers
and build capacity for substance abuse prevention
Kentucky will build a data-driven,
interagency prevention service system. The state
also will expand its use of geographic information
system technology to guide community goal-setting
and resource allocation.
Louisiana will develop a system
that coordinates the planning and evaluation of evidence-based,
culturally appropriate, and cost-effective prevention
Maine will build a statewide, data-driven
prevention infrastructure that provides common tools
for prevention programs.
Michigan will use its grant to
enhance the effectiveness of prevention services
by increasing the use of evidence-based strategic
Missouri will build on the efforts
begun under the Governor's Prevention Initiative
to establish a sustainable substance abuse prevention
infrastructure, which is data-driven, culturally
competent, and evidence-based.
Nevada will use its funds to prevent
the onset and reduce the progression of substance
abuse, including childhood and underage drinking.
The program will also improve state and community
prevention capacity and infrastructure.
New Hampshire will transform the
state's prevention system.
New Mexico will conduct a statewide
needs assessment, create a comprehensive strategic
plan for prevention, and launch new activities to
reduce substance abuse.
The Rhode Island program is a broad
public/private initiative designed to enhance infrastructure
and focus on childhood and underage drinking.
Tennessee will provide the framework
and resources for state government and communities
to target scarce resources and build capacity more
Texas will develop and coordinate
a statewide strategy to prevent substance abuse and
related problems by building on the existing infrastructure
of the Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee.
Washington will use its grant to
implement and evaluate evidence-based strategies,
and to establish reporting procedures that track
progress toward preventing substance abuse and related
problems, including mental illness, delinquency,
West Virginia will work to coordinate
prevention funding, improve program quality, and
increase service availability.
Wyoming will establish a state
epidemiological work group and a regional community
coordinator system. It also will implement evidence-based
prevention programs in communities; modify programs,
policies, and strategic plans based on annual data
collection; and develop a data-driven decision-making
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Funding by Territory
Guam will develop a substance abuse
prevention network that links a state-level advisory
committee with community-based prevention mentors.
Palau will engage communities in
developing a strategic prevention framework based
on sound prevention principles and Palauan culture
More information about SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention
Framework is available at www.samhsa.gov.
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