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About CAPT

Learn about CAPT services for prevention professionals and find contact information for training, technical assistance, and resources.

The SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is a national training and technical assistance (T/TA) system committed to strengthening prevention systems and building the nation’s behavioral health workforce. The prevention of substance misuse and mental illness is one of SAMHSA’s six strategic initiatives. CAPT, administered by the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), supports the delivery of effective prevention programs and practices to address these problems.

Our Mission

CAPT prevention specialists work across states, tribes, and jurisdictions to help prevention professionals get the resources and training they need to develop, implement, and evaluate programs. Specifically, CAPT services help recipients of SAMHSA prevention grants:

Our services are driven by a commitment to developing relationships with the people we serve. We are mindful of the need to plan for sustainability at program inception. CAPT offers continuous T/TA, combining in-person and virtual approaches that allow service providers to supply ongoing program support.

Types of Services

CAPT offers a menu of T/TA services that include:

  • Customized technical assistance, including one-on-one coaching, group informational sessions, facilitated planning, and resource sharing
  • In-person training, ranging from small learning communities to statewide trainings-of-trainers
  • Online events, including online courses, webinars, and Web-mediated teleconferences
  • Collaboration opportunities designed to foster greater sharing of important lessons learned and expertise across SAMHSA prevention grantees
  • Information dissemination via the CAPT website and multiple, grantee-specific mailing lists

National System With a Regional Presence

CAPT is an integrated national system, providing services across all of the ten Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regions. The CAPT system includes:

  • A National Core team, which provides overall program direction and ensures the delivery of consistent and high quality technical assistance services
  • Five Resource Teams, which maintain a regional presence and sensitivity to regional issues. Regions include: Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West. Each team is staffed by prevention practitioners who live and work in their respective regions and have experience assisting different demographic, language, and cultural groups.

Each Resource Team provides T/TA services to SAMHSA grantees in their respective service areas, drawing on an extensive network of consultants to meet specialized technical assistance needs. Teams also collaborate across service areas to identify and address common needs.

Last Updated: 10/01/2015