Strategic Prevention Framework, State Incentive Grant

Client: State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services

Location: Statewide

Project Date: 2011-Present

Project Lead: Thea Agnew Bemben, Karen Benning

The goal of the State of Alaska’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) grant program is to prevent substance use, abuse and dependency at the state/tribal, regional and community level. The Department of Health and Social Services awarded grants to six community coalitions to use the five-step Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Grantees are to convene people from all community systems and programs to carry out the SPF process to identify and develop data-driven strategies to prevent youth alcohol use and adult heavy and binge drinking.

Agnew::Beck is the lead contractor to provide training and technical assistance to six grantees to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework in their communities. As part of this project, Agnew::Beck is developing and providing a variety of training tools coupled with on- and off-site technical assistance to assist communities in deploying the SPF in their communities. Some of the resources provided for grantees include templates to guide the process, regular communications through an e-newsletter, quarterly cohort teleconferences, and training opportunities, as well as a project website where tools and resources are available for download. The desired outcome of this statewide project is a reduction in youth alcohol use and adult heavy and binge drinking.

Ultimately, the indicator of success of this grant is showing population-level change in substance use patterns and consequences related to youth alcohol use and adult heavy and binge drinking.