The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has
announced 16 Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) State Incentive Grants
totaling $145 million over five years to enhance community-based substance
abuse and mental health programs.
The grants, awarded to states and Indian tribes, are designed to help
community programs reduce drug and alcohol abuse, lower crime related to
substance abuse, increase employment and school enrollment, improve family and
living conditions, and boost access to services. The money enables
state-community partnerships to implement initiatives that in other settings
have been effective in promoting youth development, reducing risk-taking
behaviors, and preventing problem behaviors, according to the agency.
The total funding for 2006 is $29 million. The individual grants can go up
to $2.1 million in the first year and are renewable for up to five years,
subject to availability of funds and the progress achieved by awardees,
according to SAMHSA.
A grant of $513,831 was awarded to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and
Chippewa of Peshawbestown, Mich., to develop programs to prevent the onset and
reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage
drinking. The state of utah was awarded $2.1 million to develop a statewide,
integrated, data-driven, substance abuse prevention system.
Pennsylvania, another awardee, plans to use its $2.1 million grant to build
an interagency substance abuse prevention coalition and a standardized
reporting system based on the principles of a strategic prevention
"Substance abuse prevention, just like the prevention of obesity or
smoking, involves work by families and schools, faith organizations and health
professionals, corrections officials and youth leaders," Assistant
Surgeon General Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., acting deputy administrator of
SAMHSA, said in the press release.
"Funding streams from multiple sources can come together to build a
comprehensive approach to prevention that spans organizations and individuals
at the local and state levels. The grants... help achieve both of those
Although the direct recipients of the SAMHSA's SPF incentive grants will be
states and federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations, the agency
foresees the grants' being implemented in partnerships with local
Besides Pennsylvania and Utah, states receiving $2.1 million grants are
Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, and
Wisconsin. The Cherokee Nation of Tahlequah, Okla., also received a $2.1
Smaller amounts went to the Cook Inlet Tribe Council in Anchorage, Alaska
($1.63 million); Native-American Health Center in Oakland, Calif. ($1.45
million); American Samoa ($1.31 million); and the Great Lakes Intertribal
Council in Lac du Flambeau, Wis. ($1.1 million).
Information about SAMHSA's SPF incentive grant program is posted