Preventing the use of mind altering drugs, alcohol and tobacco among adolescents and young people is critically important, and it's a national public health goal. There are around 14 million Americans that currently use illegal drugs and around 4 million are chronic abusers. We can safeguard our society if we can prevent America's 68 million children from using alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. One of the best investments we can make in this country's future is preventing drug abuse but we have to remember, prevention starts at home!
IGTP is Iowa's Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention Program that offers a variety of services for their citizens. These services include Outpatient Counseling for the problem gambler and their family or concerned persons, Housing Services for problem gamblers in treatment that have no other options for housing, and Financial Counseling. The IGTP program also funds prevention and education services for schools, community groups, casino employees and other at risk groups.
Iowa's Prevention Through Mentoring Grant funds community youth mentoring programs that supports the state's goals of primary prevention of use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by Iowa's youths. The objectives also include encouraging students to complete school, establish mentoring programs that promote relationship building and social skills development, and to promote use of the 'Elements of Effective Practice by youth mentoring programs.
Iowa's SPF-SIG is a 5 year grant that's funded by SAMHSA, the goals of the grant are to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse which includes childhood and underage drinking. To reduce substance abuse related problems in the communities and to build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state/tribal and community level.
One of the services in Kansas for the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse is SRS, Social and Rehabilitation Service that provides technical assistance, training and resources, plans to address identified prevention needs, evidence based strategies and evaluation of past efforts to community based groups. SRS believes in a healthy development of Kansas youth's that includes preventing them from engaging in harmful behavior.
SRS also contracts for a variety of services using state funds to promote healthy behaviors and to reduce problem gambling. There are 65 certified gambling counselors in the State of Kansas and each counselor offers services to the problem gambler and those affected by their gambling problem.
AAPS is Kansas Addiction and Prevention Services that supports their communities in understanding the extent and cause of substance abuse problems and helps their citizens take action to reduce and prevent them. Their trained professionals help their communities select proven prevention resources to support prevention efforts.
KPN is Kentucky's Prevention Network that promotes collaboration and quality substance abuse prevention efforts and this is done through training, education and networking. The members of KPN represent many organizations which include' Regional Prevention Centers, Safe and Drug Free Schools, KY-ASAP Boards, Champions Coalitions, Commonwealth Alliance, Juvenile Justice, Division of Behavioral Health and many school systems across Kentucky.
RPCs are Kentucky's Regional Prevention Centers, they help individuals and groups develop prevention programs that encourage healthy choices associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. There are 15 centers set up that serve all counties in Kentucky. Services provided from RPCs include Community Development, Consultation and Technical Assistance, Early Intervention Services, Public Information, Resource Center and Training and Education.
Build a Healthy Louisiana was funded by SAMHSA for substance abuse prevention. The goals are to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse which includes underage drinking, to reduce substance abuse related problems in the community, and build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the State/Tribal and community levels. Build a Healthy Louisiana is supported by the State Epidemiology Workgroup (SEW) and an advisory board, the Prevention Systems Committee (PSC).
OSA is Maine's Office of Substance Abuse which provides leadership in the prevention of substance abuse, intervention and treatment. OSAs goal is to enhance the health and safety of the citizens of Maine through the reduction of the overall impact of substance use, abuse and dependency.
OSAs initiatives include Higher Education Alcohol Prevention Partnership, Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities, media campaigns and other efforts to create "a public untouched by substance abuse".
ADAA is Maryland's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, they provide planning, regulation, fiscal management and technical assistance to programs providing substance abuse services. ADAA is committed to providing access to a quality and effective substance abuse prevention and intervention treatment service system for the citizens of Maryland.
ATR is Maryland's Access to Recovery presidential initiative which is known as RecoveryNet, individual's that qualify to receive benefits are able to use RecoveryNet vouchers to purchase a variety of services which could include; supportive housing, extended residential treatment in halfway houses, pastoral and family counseling, care coordination, child care, transportation to and from treatment recovery support services, and job readiness counseling. These vouchers are provided to individuals so they can purchase services and support that's linked to their recovery from substance use disorders.
BSAS is Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services that funds 36 community-based prevention programs to prevent alcohol, marijuana and other drug abuse with a particular focus on individuals under the age of 21. Each program focuses on a specific municipality or neighborhood.
Goals and strategies for BSAS prevention programs include; the prevention of substance abuse particularly focusing on the population under the age of 21.
Utilizing science based strategies and programs that are shown to produce positive changes in rates of abuse.
Viewing their youth as resources in their communities, incorporating meaningful youth involvement in program planning, implementation and evaluation, and focusing on positive outcomes for their youth.
Utilizing environmental prevention approaches that seek to change the overall context within which substance abuse occurs; their environmental prevention efforts focus on availability, norms, and regulations.
Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the programs as they progress.
Michigan's Prevention Network helps their communities prevent underage alcohol use, youthful tobacco use, and other substance abuse. Prevention Network is administered by Prevention Michigan Inc. with funding that's provided through the Michigan Department of Community Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services, Office of Highway Safety Planning, The Skillman Foundation and Private Contributions.
Prevention Network programs are operated by a small staff and the efforts of its Board Members, both volunteer and professional. Their Board members are community volunteers and persons working in systems, disciplines and organizations concerned with substance abuse prevention and related issues.
MIPH is Minnesota's Institute of Public Health and they're the home to the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center. They are they states leading training, information and technical assistance resource. They are also the home of the Minnesota Prevention Resource Clearinghouse that disseminates a wide range of materials to Minnesota's residents.
Change Direction is an alcohol and other drug education program offered at many locations throughout Minnesota.
MPRC is Minnesota's Prevention Resource Center and it's funded through a grant from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services. They provide free and low cost print and video materials and is also known for their customer service, technical assistance and reference library services, newsletters and annual conference-Program Sharing-as well as for its facilitator training in its Walking the Talk Program that's for parents who want help teaching their children about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.