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SAMHSA Prevention Grants

Learn about SAMHSA’s prevention grant programs supported by the SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT).

CAPT offers training and technical assistance to states and communities supported under SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program, and to SAMHSA’s discretionary grant programs of regional and national significance. Grant programs and initiatives include (but are not limited to) the following:

Access grantee stories, tools, and other resources to learn how CAPT services impact communities supported by these programs.

Partnerships for Success (PFS)

PFS grant programs aim to reduce substance misuse and strengthen prevention capacity at the state and community levels. PFS programs provide eligible states and jurisdictions with funds to achieve quantifiable declines in rates of substance misuse. These programs address gaps in prevention services and increase states’ abilities to assist high-need communities with emerging problems related to substance use disorders. PFS programs help leverage, redirect, and realign state-wide funding streams for prevention. PFS is based on the premise that changes at the community level will lead to measurable changes at the state level. Through collaboration, states and their PFS-funded communities of high need can effectively overcome challenges associated with substance misuse.

PFS programs also aim to bring SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to a national scale, providing grant recipients with opportunities to acquire additional resources to implement the SPF process at the state and local levels. Learn more about applying the SPF.

Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)

The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) and Tribal Incentive Grant (SPF TIG) support activities that help grantees build a foundation for delivering and sustaining effective prevention services. These grant programs provide funding to states, tribes, and jurisdictions to implement the SPF in order to:

  • Prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance misuse, including childhood and underage drinking
  • Reduce substance misuse-related problems in communities
  • Build prevention capacity and infrastructure at state, tribe, jurisdiction, and community levels

The SPF SIG and SPF TIG programs support activities that help grantees deliver and sustain effective services for people with mental and/or substance use disorders.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)

Since 1993, the SABG program has provided funding to states, tribes, territories, and jurisdictions to help plan, implement, and evaluate activities to prevent and treat substance use disorders. This grant is awarded to the agency responsible for preventing substance use disorders in each state. These authorities are typically responsible for:

  • Establishing policy to be followed in administering programs
  • Complying with state rules and federal guidelines
  • Dispersing and administering all federal funds allotted to the agency

SABG is the primary source of funding for substance use disorder prevention and treatment in many states, tribes, territories, and jurisdictions. SABG accounts for approximately 32% of total state substance abuse agency funding, and 23% of total state substance abuse prevention and public health funding.

Epidemiological Workgroups

All states, jurisdictions, and several tribal entities have received federal funding from SAMHSA to establish an epidemiological workgroup. Epidemiological workgroups are networks of people and organizations that bring analytical and other data competencies to substance misuse prevention. Their mission is to integrate data about the nature and distribution of substance use and related consequences into ongoing assessment, planning, and monitoring decisions at state and community levels. Their deliberate focus is on using data to inform and enhance prevention practice. Learn more about these workgroups, also known as state epidemiological outcomes workgroups (SEOWs).

Last Updated: 09/24/2015