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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2009, Volume 17, Number 4 

Prevention Grants Totaling $190 Million Awarded

SAMHSA recently announced 25 grant awards totaling $190 million over 5 years to advance community-based substance abuse prevention programs as part of its Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program. Each award is for up to $2.135 million per year for up to 5 years.

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:

SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework - Sustainability - Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Conduct needs assessments.
  • Build state and local capacity.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan.
  • Implement evidence-based prevention policies, programs, and practices.
  • Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, sustaining what has worked well.

Specific measureable outcomes will be used to indicate success of the grants.

Grant Awardees

Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive grants awarded this year are:

  • Alaska—Dena’ Nena’ Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks
  • State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Juneau
  • Arizona—Tohono O’odham Nation, Sells
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan
  • District of Columbia, Office of the Mayor
  • Delaware—Department of Health and Social Services, New Castle
  • Iowa, State of Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines
  • Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Catonsville
  • Micronesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Palikir Station
  • Michigan, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Springs
  • Minnesota—State of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Montana—Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, Billings
  • Nebraska, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Winnebago
  • New York—Office of the Governor, Albany
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe, Fort Washakie
  • Ohio, Office of the Governor, Columbus
  • Oklahoma—State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
  • Oregon, Office of the Governor, Salem
  • Puerto Rico—Office of the Governor, Hato Rey
  • Republic of Marshall Islands
  • South Carolina, State of South Carolina, Columbia
  • South Dakota, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule
  • State of South Dakota
  • Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Department of Health, Christiansted
  • Virginia, Office of the Governor, Richmond.

For more details, see the official press release.



  Statistics on Substance Abuse,  
  Mental Health  
State by State Estimates

State by State Estimates

Every state faces a different set of challenges with substance abuse and mental health issues, including binge drinking and depression.

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

Treatment Discharges: Latest Data

SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) recently updated its data on discharges from treatment facilities.


  Treatment Updates  
TIP 50: Literature Review

TIP 50: Literature Review

Part 3 of TIP 50, Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment, is available.

Alcohol Abuse Treatment: Need, Barriers

Many people who need treatment for an alcohol problem are not seeking help. Why?

National Directory Updated and Available

National Directory Updated and Available

An updated guide to finding local substance abuse treatment programs is available.


  Real Warrior Campaign  
Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

Reaching Out Makes a Real Difference

The Real Warriors Campaign is fighting the stigma of asking for help.


  Prevention Update  
Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail Tobacco Sales to Youth

Retail sales of tobacco products to young people continue to drop.

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parent Involvement Makes a Difference

Parents play an important role in preventing substance abuse.

Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

New funding, Web site redesign to improve navigation, and more.


  Grants  
Prevention Awards

Prevention Awards

To advance community-based prevention programs, $190 million to 25 grantees.

Calculating Program Allotments

A new guide provides information on procedures to calculate allocations for some key block and formula grants.

Drug Free Communities: Continuation Awards

More than 500 community coalitions nationwide recently received Drug Free Communities (DFC) continuation awards for their programs.


  Health Reform  
Nine Core Principles

Nine Core Principles

Ensuring current reform efforts include mental health and substance abuse issues.


  Mental Health  
Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Forecasting the Next 5 Years

Changes are coming to create “whole health,” person-centered care.


  Adolescents & Young Adults  
Need Treatment? Many Say No

Need Treatment? Many Say No

Nearly 7 million Americans age 18 to 25 were classified as needing treatment in the past year.


  Recovery Month  
Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Celebrating 20 Years of Recovery

Get up–to–the–minute updates on September's events.


  Also in this Issue  
Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Under the Influence: Fathers and Alcohol Use

Does dad's drinking affect his adolescent children?

Methadone Advisory

New information on the dangers of methadone in combination with other drugs.



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