Prevention is defined as a proactive process which empowers individuals and communities to meet the challenges of everyday life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing healthy behaviors and lifestyles, ultimately reducing risks that contribute to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug misuse and their consequences on the individual and the community.
In advancing Substance Use Prevention in New Hampshire New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in 2012 approved an ambitious, 10-year strategy dedicated to the prevention of substance use disorders. Approximately $1.2 million dollars per year will be allocated from the portfolio in furtherance of this strategy. This strategy is implemented in close partnership with BDAS which includes strategic co-funding, integrated planning and reporting systems for prevention grantees. For more information www.nhcf.org.
New Hampshire's comprehensive prevention system consists of several partners, stakeholders and investors at the state and community level. For a complete review of this system, please see New Hampshire’s System for Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts and Services .
Regional Public Health Networks and Advisory Councils
In July 2013 the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, through the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) and Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) established a strategic partnership to align multiple regional and local public health partnerships into one integrated system. The new partnership aims to increase efficiency through single contracts with 13 agencies to serve as the host entity for a Regional Public Health Network (RPHN). The purpose of the RPHNs is to integrate multiple public health initiatives and services into a common network of community stakeholders. The RPHNs serve every community in the state. For more information about your Regional Public Health Network, go to www.nhphn.org.
As of early 2016 each RPHN has established a Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC). The role of the PHAC is to advise the RPHN partners by identifying regional public health priorities based on assessments of community health; guiding the implementation of programs, practices and policies that are evidence-informed to improve health outcomes; and, advancing the coordination of services among partners. Additionally, the PHAC structure is intended to build on and, when feasible, blend existing local leadership and coordinating groups working on various public health issues. This work began with substance misuse prevention (SMP), public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) and has now extended its advisory and coordinating role over a much broader range of public health issues and services based on regional priorities and capacity.
In late 2015 and early 2016 each PHAC guided the development of a first-ever regional Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). These plans were developed through a collaborative process among many partners in each region to ensure broad support for the goals and objectives established in the plans. The activities that will be undertaken to achieve those goals and objectives is based on a collective impact approach – where every partners’ strengths and assets are brought to bear on a common concern in coordination with others to maximize the overall effectiveness through coordinated, collaborative efforts.
For more information about RPHNs, PHACs and to find your regional CHIP go to: www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/rphn/
The long-term goal for the PHACs and RPHNs is to collectively develop a performance-based public health delivery system that provides all 10 Essential Public Health Services throughout their region. In support of this goal, the NH DHHS will continue to seek and direct funding and other resources to the RPHNs and encourage other public and private funders to utilize this regional alignment as appropriate when funding public health services.
For more information about your Regional Public Health Network, go to www.nhphn.org
Regional Public Health Networks work in collaboration with community level stakeholders in the development and implementation of these plans. The plans are based on local and state data in the identification of local issues and prioritization of goals and strategies demonstrated to have positive outcomes to reduce the incidence of substance misuse and related consequences. In addition, regional plans are in concert with other state plans that address Substance Misuse Prevention: Collective Action – Collective Impact: New Hampshire's Strategy for Reducing the Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Promoting Recovery and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) .
- Capital Area
- Carrol County
- Central NH
- Greater Derry (not yet available)
- Greater Monadnock (not yet available)
- Greater Manchester
- Greater Nashua
- North Country
- Strafford County
- Sullivan County
- Upper Valley
Federal Regulatory Requirements for Substance Abuse and Mental Health ServiceAdministration (SAMHSA) Block Grant Funds National Outcome Measures (NOMs)
The NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services receives an annual award of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant funds. These funds support many of our prevention programs. There are many regulatory requirements for these funds that our sub-grantees need to adhere to.
Partnerships for Success
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) was awarded multi-million dollar federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success II Grant (SPF-PFS II) is a three year grant totaling $3.6 million. Funding began on October 1, 2012 and will end on September 30, 2015. The primary goal of the SPF-PFS II goal is to leverage the state’s existing prevention system structures and its resources to impact substance use among high need populations in identified communities to reduce: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.
Student Assistance and Mobilizing Higher Education
To meet the above outcomes the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) received and funded five proposals from high need communities to implement Student Assistance Programs at middle and high schools across NH. These student assistance services will follow the model of Project SUCCESS. This model includes individual student screenings, individual and group support services, as well as strategies that target the environment and community level concerns.
Higher Ed Prevention
The Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services will fund institutions of higher education to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework and identify how it can enhance and strengthen services and supports for college students, the campus, and surrounding communities. More information will be available as the selected candidate(s) enter into contract(s).
BDAS Prevention Services Unit provides overall guidance, support and monitoring for alcohol and other drug prevention services in New Hampshire. This is to ensure quality of services that are comprehensive and evidenced based to reduce the burden of addiction and related consequences. Please contact one of our staff if you have any questions or would like to discuss prevention for your community.
Valerie Morgan, Administrator, Prevention Services Unit
PHONE: (603) 271-6819
Ann Crawford, Program Specialist
PHONE: (603) 271-6892
Jill Burke, Chief of Prevention and Education Services
PHONE: (603) 271-6112
- NH Center for Excellence
- NH Drug-Free Community Coalitions
- Selecting Evidence-Informed Prevention Strategies
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