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Prevention

Prevention, as defined by the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is " A process that empowers individuals to meet the challenges of life by creating and reinforcing health behavior and lifestyles and by reducing the risks that contribute to alcohol, tobacco and other drug misuse and abuse."

Examples:

  • Creating awareness and increasing readiness by disseminating information to communities about substance abuse
  • Providing evidence based prevention education programming
  • Developing coalitions for mobilizing communities against substance abuse
  • Implementing prevention strategies that focus on altering and improving the environment
  • Providing positive alternative activities for youth
  • Identifying problem behavior and appropriately referring to others for help

Community Prevention Infrastructure

The Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities provides funding for universal, selective, and indicated prevention services to 6 regional grantees.  More than $1,800,00.00 is allocated to support statewide implementation of evidence based practices and programs focused on the promotion of good emotional health and the reduction of the likelihood of mental illness and substance abuse.

Evidence Based Practices and Programs:

Research has shown that a broad array of evidence-based programs can effectively prevent substance abuse and promote positive mental health by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.  Proven programs that work are listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices at the (SAMHSA) website (www.nrepp.samhsa.gov).

Training and Technical Assistance

Community-based prevention grantees are available to provide educational presentations and technical assistance or implement evidence based programs.  The Prevention Team Lead at the BBHHF (Cathy.E.Coontz@wv.gov) may also be contacted for training and technical assistance on substance abuse prevention initiatives.

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