Grantee Stories

The following are real-world experiences and strategies shared by recipients of SAMHSA’s prevention grants and grantee services. These stories illustrate how Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to program planning led to successful prevention efforts in their state, tribe, or jurisdiction.

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Working Under One Umbrella: Aligning the Prevention of Substance Misuse and Suicide in Wyoming

Wyoming’s Prevention Management Organization represents a unique approach to addressing the prevention of substance use and suicide in an integrated way.

Good Business: Bringing Substance Use Prevention to the Workplace

The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce joined forces with the Wisconsin Governor's Office, substance use prevention specialists, and business leaders to address the growing problem of heroin and other drug use in the workforce.

Building a Bridge to the Latino Community

Prevention staff from Alabama’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services reached out to the state’s Latino AIDS Coalition to better understand and serve Alabama's growing Hispanic/Latino population.

Partnerships Strengthen Faith-based Prevention in Kentucky

By focusing on shared values and building personal connections, Kentucky has created a unique prevention enhancement site dedicated exclusively to collaborating with faith-based communities.

Ohio Partners Work Together to Reduce the Flow of Prescribed Opiates

Learn about how the Ohio Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team created opioid prescribing guidelines to reduce opioid misuse in Ohio.

Rural Tekoa, Washington Paves Its Own Way to Prevent Opioid Misuse

Despite limited resources, a small town in Washington state rallies community partners around prevention.

Wisconsin’s Dose of Reality Media Campaign Warns Residents about Prescription Drug Misuse

Wisconsin’s Departments of Health Services and Justice teamed up to design and deliver a statewide media campaign to prevent prescription drug misuse.

South Carolina Partners with Law Enforcement on Naloxone Program

State prevention leaders joined forces with local police departments to create an effective naloxone training, distribution, and monitoring program.

MO-HOPE Expands Naloxone Training and Distribution in Eastern Missouri

Missouri developed a flexible naloxone training and distribution program that addresses the concerns of multiple audiences.

Kentucky Partnership Brings PDMP Data to the Forefront of Prevention

A lasting partnership between Kentucky’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and the Division of Behavioral Health provides access to vital data to prevent opioid misuse.

Florida Coalition Forges Strong Partnerships to Reduce Opioid Misuse

A cross-sector collaboration in Florida strengthens Drug Free Sarasota’s multi-component community awareness campaign.

Cross-Sector Collaboration Key to Prescriber Alert Success

In North Carolina, the Burke Substance Abuse Network’s approach to creating and implementing a prescriber alert system offers a model for other communities looking to reduce the overprescribing of opioids.

Pennsylvania Creates Statewide Opioid Misuse Prevention Media Campaign

The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance forged a collaboration among prevention, addiction, and media experts to raise public awareness of prescription drug misuse and heroin.

Unique Public-Private Partnership Strengthens Prevention in New Hampshire

A 10-year, $12 million philanthropic initiative from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation extends the prevention reach of New Hampshire’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services.

Oklahoma Tribes Collaborate to Understand Local Prevention Needs

With leadership from a local health board, four Oklahoma tribes work collaboratively to understand the substance use and misuse prevention needs of their communities.

Local Connections Strengthen Prevention Programming for New Jersey Military Families

Strong connections with partners across the state help the New Jersey Prevention Network develop and deliver culturally appropriate programming to military personnel and their families.

Established Partnerships Help Scott County Address Emerging Problems

In rural Indiana, a long history of successful collaboration prepares the Scott County Partnership for addressing rising rates of prescription drug misuse.

Collaboration Key to Opichi Wadiswan Success

On the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota, Opichi Wadiswan, a once-struggling youth program, finds its footing when a new director embraces a collaborative approach to implementation.

Omaha Colleges Work Together to Prevent High-Risk Drinking

The Omaha Collegiate Consortium, comprising eight colleges and universities, worked together at a time when many universities are reluctant to share the extent of their student drinking problems.

KISS FM Radio Helps Amarillo, Texas Schools Take Prevention to the Airwaves

Amarillo radio station 96.9 KISS FM teamed up with the Amarillo Independent School District, prevention specialists, and community organizations to bring help and hope to youth struggling with issues related to alcohol and other drug use, bullying, depression, and suicide.