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SAMHSA Awards 25 Grants Totaling $190 Million for Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Programs
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced 25 grants totaling up to $190 million over five years to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants to advance community-based programs for substance abuse prevention. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention will administer the grants.
The funds will be used to implement a five-step planning process known to support positive 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. Inherent in the process is sustainability and cultural competency.
SAMHSA’s Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, DDS, MPH explained, “Our goal is to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors to help Americans live healthier, longer lives. These new grants are built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention. For example, family conflict, low school readiness, and poor social skills increase the risk for delinquency and violence. Protective factors such as strong family bonds, social skills, opportunities for school success, and the involvement in community activities can foster resilience and mitigate the influence of risk factors. The goal of this grant program is to create and sustain community-based, science-informed approaches to support young people in their effort to live healthier, longer lives.”
Each state grantee will receive up to $2.135 million per year for five years. Continuation awards are subject to both availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees.
Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive grants awarded this year are:
Alaska – Dena’ Nena’ Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, $549,680 for the first year to provide substance abuse prevention services to all 43 Alaska Native villages within the TC region and Fairbanks North Star Borough.
State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Juneau, $2, 135, 724 for the first year to implement the five step strategic prevention framework process to increase the State’s overall behavioral health prevention capacity in rural Alaska.
Arizona – Tohono O’odham Nation, Sells, $600,800 for the first year to build substance abuse prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level to prevent and reduce the onset of substance abuse among the Nation’s members as well as reduce substance abuse related problems including suicide, diabetes, depression and premature death rates.
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan, $974, 674 for the first year to develop a comprehensive, community-based substance abuse prevention program through collaboration among key agencies within the community for individuals at-risk for substance abuse.
District of Columbia, Office of the Mayor, $2,135,724 for the first year to develop a comprehensive substance abuse prevention delivery system that is culturally competent, uses evidence-based programs, policies and practices.
Delaware – Department of Health and Social Services, New Castle, $2, 135,724 for the first year to focus on key problems of underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug misuse across the lifespan identified by the Delaware Drug and Alcohol Tracking Alliance.
Iowa, State of Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, $2,135,724 for the first year to reduce binge drinking, underage drinking and related problems through a community-driven, data-supported process. This program will target 18 communities with the highest indicators of need and readiness for implementation.
Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Catonsville, $2, 135, 724 for the first year to implement the MD Strategic Prevention Framework program to prevent and reduce substance abuse problems, including underage drinking.
Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Palikir Station, $1,276,606 for the first year to implement a comprehensive Strategic Prevention Framework model to develop data-driven, community based substance abuse prevention system for a population of 116, 800 and its geographically distant islands.
Michigan, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Springs, $528,000 for the first year to develop, implement, evaluate, monitor and update flexible substance abuse prevention programming to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors across the lifespan of Tribal members.
Minnesota – State of Minnesota, St. Paul, $2,135,724 for the first year to focus on reducing fatality, injury and other consequences from high-risk alcohol use among college students and returning veterans.
Montana – Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, Billings, $959,907 for the first year to build on its existing infrastructure to develop effective and sustainable substance abuse prevention programs with its constituent 10 Tribes representing up to 120,000 Native Americans.
Nebraska, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Winnebago, $500,000 for the first year to establish a Tribal Advisory Council that will provide training and technical assistance resources to local prevention agencies as well as developing a data-driven decision making framework to address program sustainability, effectiveness and funding.
New York – Office of the Governor, Albany, $2,135,724 for the first year to reduce substance abuse by building prevention capacity across the State through coalition development, community needs assessment, strategic planning and training in targeted evidence-based prevention.
Northern Arapaho Tribe, Fort Washakie, $555,224 for the first year to implement a Tribal Epidemiology Workgroup and a Community Coordinator system for planning the delivery of community services. The tribe will also implement culturally relevant evidence-based prevention programs for tribal members and communities.
Ohio, Office of the Governor, Columbus, $2,135,724 for the first year to utilize Strategic Prevention Framework principals to develop a comprehensive plan for an infrastructure that supports drug prevention programs, policies and strategies at the state and community level.
Oklahoma – State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, $2,135,724 for the first year to expand delivery of the Strategic Prevention Framework in multiple communities as well as address identified service gaps and policy needs to impact substance abuse problems and related issues.
Oregon, Office of the Governor, Salem, $2,135,724 for the first year to build on the advances of the State Epidemiology and Outcomes Workgroup and current prevention efforts, fostering a comprehensive, data-driven system for the application of evidence-based programs.
Puerto Rico – Office of the Governor, Hato Rey, $2,135,724 for the first year to implement community-based interventions for the prevention of alcohol use and substance abuse by adolescents and young adults.
Republic of Marshall Islands – $946,134 for the first year to establish prevention policies, conduct needs assessments and begin to set up evidence-based programs in 10 local communities.
South Carolina, State of South Carolina, Columbia, $2,135,724 for the first year to strive to reduce substance abuse by building capacity across the State through coalition development, community needs assessment, strategic planning and training.
South Dakota, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule, $511,830 for the first year to address substance abuse prevention on the reservation. The program will address all ages and will create a healthy lifestyle with the use of modern methods while holding true to traditional values of the Lower Brule Tribe.
State of South Dakota, $2,135,724 for the first year to expand and enhance the substance abuse prevention infrastructure and utilize epidemiologic approaches to identify high-risk substance abuse areas and communities and build the infrastructure of the State to respond with evidence-based prevention programming.
Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Department of Health, Christiansted, $792,000 to develop and implement the Strategic Prevention Framework to further develop the prevention infrastructure. This grant will assess territory needs, refine their comprehensive prevention strategies and monitor territory outcomes.
Virginia, Office of the Governor, Richmond, $2,135,724, for the first year to further develop state-level infrastructure by employing a Strategic Prevention Framework model to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse and related problems.
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.
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