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 outlines 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:

  • Individuals with past or current military involvement
  • Individuals previously incarcerated
  • Individuals identifying as LGBTQ
  • Individuals with co-occurring disorders