Vermont Strategic Prevention Framework

SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework diagram

About the Strategic Prevention Framework

The Vermont Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) State Incentive Grant (SIG) is a federally funded cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and the State of Vermont, Governor’s Office. The SPF process enables states and communities to develop substance abuse prevention infrastructure and through the awarding and evaluation of community grants, implementation of  prevention programs, practices and strategies  necessary to achieve population based positive outcomes. 

The purpose of the Vermont SPF is twofold: to further develop, strengthen and maintain prevention services infrastructure throughout the state and to impact at a community level the three priority areas of substance abuse identified by the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup. Community grantees will be funded to implement the 5-step SPF process illustrated above.

The SPF is a public health, outcomes-based prevention approach that uses assessment and evaluation to continually move communities forward toward their goals of reducing substance abuse and its consequences. The communities of Vermont will utilize strong collaborations between the private sector, public health, academic partners, non-profit services providers and others to implement the VT SPF-SIG, develop prevention expertise and infrastructure to sustain the process, and generate evidence to support replication of the process across the state.

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Goals and Priorities

The goals of the Strategic Prevention Framework are:

Following a nine month review and analysis of Vermont substance abuse consumption and consequence data by the State Epidemiologist Workgroup (SEW) and upon review and approval of the statewide SPF Advisory Council, the Vermont priorities for the Strategic Prevention Framework Initiative are:

  1. Reduce underage drinking.
  2. Reduce high-risk drinking among persons under the age of 25.
  3. Reduce marijuana use among persons under the age of 25.
  4. Build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state and community levels, including a sustainable evaluation system for prevention grantees. 

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SPF Advisory Council

The role of the Advisory Council is:

Archived Council Meeting Minutes:

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Vermont Strategic Prevention Framework Plan

Media, Marketing and Norm Campaigns

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2011-12 Grantee Report Forms

Guidance Document & Appendix

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