The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Friday (July 24, 2009) 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 to recipients in Alaska, Arizona, District of Columbia, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virgin Islands. Each state grantee will receive up to $2.135 million per year for five years. SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention will administer the grants.
The SAMHSA grants are built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention by addressing issues like family conflict, low school readiness, and poor social skills that increase the risk for delinquency and violence. These grants are intended to assist programs in providing leadership, technical support and monitoring to their communities.
Recipients are to use the grant 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. SAMHSA says the success of the grants will be indicated by specific measurable outcomes, among them: 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. For more information, see here.
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