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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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.

2016
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.

2016
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.

2016
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.

2016
CAPT Connects Grantees with Social Media Tools and Best Practices

Learn about CAPT’s approach to helping practitioners leverage social media to achieve substance misuse prevention goals, and engage with audiences.

2016
New Prevention Collaboration in Action Toolkit Features Stories of Success

This introduction to Prevention Collaboration in Action, the CAPT’s new online tool, features quotes from developers and direct links to the tool.

2016
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.

2016
Innovative Funding Model Facilitates Prevention Collaboration in Massachusetts

To address increasing rates of opioid drug misuse and related poisoning deaths, Massachusetts instituted a unique “cluster funding” model that requires sub-recipient communities to collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders.

2016
Maine Prevention Partners Rally Around Data

For nearly a decade, Maine’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup has kept data at the forefront of state and local planning efforts.

2016
Boot Camp Training Immerses Clinicians in Military Culture

To better serve the behavioral health needs of military service members, veterans, and their families, Kentucky’s Division of Behavioral Health collaborates with the Kentucky National Guard to deliver an innovative, experiential training for prevention practitioners and clinicians.

2016
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.

2016
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.

2016
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.

2016
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.

2016
CAPT Webinars and Tools Help Practitioners Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities

New CAPT services and tools highlight the impact of behavioral health disparities on substance use and their prevention, and the role of cultural and linguistic competency in promoting health equity.

2015
CAPT Trains Minnesota Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists to Engage Diverse Communities

As minority populations grow, prevention professionals in Minnesota are tailoring substance misuse programs with cultural competence in mind.

2015
Air Force Reserve Command’s Partnership with SAMHSA’s CAPT Yields Long-Term Results

Training Air Force Reserve Command personnel on substance abuse prevention strategies resulted in expanded prevention services and improved sustainability.

2015
CAPT Webinars Help Practitioners Implement Environmental Prevention Strategies

Webinars on how to select and implement environmental strategies guide prevention professionals in using these approaches to create healthier environments.

2015
CAPT Webinar Series Helps to Align Substance Use and Suicide Prevention

This two-part webinar helps prevention professionals understand connections between substance use and suicide and strategies for aligning prevention efforts.

2015
Nevada’s State-Tribal Partnership Thrives

Learn how Nevada prevention practitioners built a thriving state-tribal partnership with its 27 federally recognized tribes based on dialogue and data sharing.

2015

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