SAMHSA Unveils Strategic Prevention Framework
will award up to $45 million in competitive grants to states later
this year as part of a new Strategic Prevention Framework to advance
community-based programs to prevent substance abuse and promote
The idea is to use findings from public health research along
with evidence-based prevention programs to create healthier communities.
The effort is aligned with the HealthierUS initiative launched last
year by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson at
the request of President Bush.
"Our goal is to aid Americans in living healthier, longer
lives," said SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W.
SAMHSA will provide the grants through the state Governors' offices,
which will work in partnership with community-level organizations.
The goals are to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of
substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking; reduce
substance abuse-related problems in communities; and strengthen
prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state and community
The Strategic Prevention Framework will also enable states, territories,
and the District of Columbia to bring together funding streams from
multiple sources to create an approach that cuts across existing
programs and systems.
". . . Our goal is to aid Americans in living healthier, longer lives."
Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W.
A minimum of 85 percent of the grant award must be allocated to
communities for local activities, including data-based decision-making
and evidence-based prevention efforts. States will use the remaining
funds—approximately 15 percent—to provide leadership
and coordination of projects within the states; hire specific staff;
conduct a statewide needs assessment; establish and maintain a state
epidemiological workgroup; develop a statewide strategic plan; conduct
ongoing monitoring and oversight of the grant project; conduct a
state-level evaluation of the project; and provide training and
technical assistance to support the project.
SAMHSA anticipates funding approximately 20 awards of up to $3
million per year in Fiscal Year 2004 for a period of up to 5 years.
Participating communities will use five steps known to promote
youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and
resilience, and prevent problem behaviors across the life span.
These steps include the following:
- Profile needs and response capacity
- Mobilize and build needed capacity
- Develop a prevention plan
- Implement programs, policies, and strategies based on what
is known to be effective
- Evaluate program effectiveness and sustain what has worked well.
The success of the Strategic Prevention Framework will be measured
by specific outcomes, including abstinence from drug use and alcohol
abuse, reduction in substance abuse-related crime, attainment of
employment or enrollment in school, increased stability in family
and living conditions, increased access to services, and increased
social connectedness. Communities will monitor and report outcomes
to assess effectiveness and determine if the objectives are being
For more information on SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework,
contact the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information,
P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345; or call 1 (800) 729-6686
(English and Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889. For information online,
visit SAMHSA's Web site at www.samhsa.gov.
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