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The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) Bureau of Mental Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention provides oversight and administration of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant to ensure funding that addresses statewide prevention and mental health promotion priorities. It supports evidence-based initiatives that serve to prevent and reduce substance abuse and mental illness, reduce the negative impact of substance abuse and mental illness, and promote overall behavioral health. Suicide, problem gambling, underage drinking, binge drinking, tobacco and illicit drug use, and prescription drug misuse are examples of issues that prevention initiatives may target.
Mission: To reduce substance use and abuse and promote behavioral health across the lifespan of Indiana citizens by maintaining a coordinated, effective, and accountable system of prevention and behavioral health promotion services.
Vision: Sustainable environments that nurture, assist, and empower all Indiana citizens to access and experience optimum physical, emotional, and mental health.
Click here to read the newly released Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Strategic Plan 2012
The Evolution of Indiana Prevention
As research uncovers new information regarding effective prevention practices, Indiana’s prevention system also evolves to support state-of-the-art prevention initiatives and strategies. Indiana seeks to ensure that its system and strategies are data-driven, evidence-based, measurable, and responsive to change. Indiana has adopted the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as a model to follow to carry out prevention efforts. The SPF a five-step process developed by SAMHSA and shown to be effective in helping communities create, implement, and evaluate effective strategic plans.
Indiana also supports the use of Communities That Care (CTC), a planning model consisting of five stages, to aid communities in mobilizing community members and increasing their capacity to effectively develop and implement prevention and promotion strategies. In Indiana, Communities That Care is meant to be a tool that supplements the overall use of the SPF by giving communities specific guidelines, benchmarks, and activities to follow as they undergo the SPF process.
The Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 oulines goals and objectives for enhancing Indiana's prevention infrastructure, discusses the guiding principles for Indiana prevention, and presents various prevention and promotion priorities.
The plan also introduces Indiana’s identified priority populations- groups of people that have been identified as being at greater risk for substance abuse and mental illness than average. Indiana has identified the following four populations as priorities:
Current Funded Initiatives
View the document “Funded Prevention Initiatives ” for a more detailed description of the programs.
Community Prevention Framework: Community-based coalitions following a “hybrid” of the SPF and CTC models. They include:
Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC): Provides training, technical assistance, evaluation, and resources to Indiana prevention and treatment providers.
Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (ICRUD): Provides training and support regarding environmental strategies and advocacy, provides support to K-12 and college campus prevention efforts.
The LEAD (Leading and Educating Across Domains) Initiative: Trains youth to become leaders in prevention.
Prenatal Substance Use Prevention Program (PSUPP): Provides programming to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among pregnant women.
Partnerships for Success II Grant : Federal three-year grant to reduce prescription drug misuse in Indiana.
State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW): Analyzes and reports on data to help assess substance abuse issues in Indiana and helps to identify trends and set priorities for preventing and reducing substance abuse and its consequences.
State Excise Police: Perform tobacco and alcohol compliance checks of retailers throughout the state and provide alcohol and tobacco retailer education. Related initiatives include TRIP, the annual Synar Report, and the Survey for Alcohol Compliance.