Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Strategic Prevention Framework
In October 2004, the state of Texas through the Office of the Governor received a state incentive grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework. The Texas State Incentive Program (TSIP) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is promoting a systems change led by the state, driven by local communities, and tailored to their needs for substance abuse prevention. The TSIP SPF is an excellent opportunity to impact the multi-faceted challenges of preventing underage and college-age binge drinking and related traffic fatalities in Texas with a revitalized, comprehensive statewide prevention strategy that strengthens local community efforts.
Through the TSIP SPF, the state has convened the Texas Epidemiological Workgroup to develop the states capacity to share common data elements across agencies and to assess prevention needs in Texas. In addition to directing the allocation strategies for the SPF SIG funding, the workgroups findings (which are detailed in the Texas Epidemiological Workgroup section) are enabling the state to make culturally appropriate and data-driven decisions to effectively utilize prevention resources across the states prevention system. Seven high-risk counties Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, El Paso, Hidalgo, Bexar and Travis were selected based on the severity of alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities to receive funding for community coalitions to implement environmental strategies. The work of the selected community coalitions will be evaluated for their effectiveness in carrying out community change.
The TSIP SPF Advisory Committee oversees the work of the Strategic Prevention Framework grant and includes individuals who serve on the prevention sub committee of the Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee as well as other representatives who provide community level input. The strategic prevention framework allows the state to build effective and meaningful collaborations through state and local community partnerships.