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SAMHSA News - January/February 2007, Volume 15, Number 1

The Strategic Prevention Framework

SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a community-based approach to prevention. The SPF uses a step-by-step process to help communities identify, manage, and evaluate their substance abuse prevention and mental health needs. Communities follow these five steps:

1. Assessment Profiling needs and response capacity
2. Capacity Mobilizing and building needed capacity
3. Planning Developing a prevention plan
4. Implementation Using programs, policies, and strategies based on what is known to be effective
5. Evaluation Considering program effectiveness and sustaining what works well.

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