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 prevention system is comprehensive consisting of several partners, stakeholders and investors at the state and community level. For a complete review of NH Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts and Services please review New Hampshire’s System for Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts and Services .
Regional Public Health Networks
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 public health priorities into one integrated system. The 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 include every community in the state.
As of late 2013 each RPHN is in the process of establishing a Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC). The role of the PHAC is to advise the Regional Public Health Network partners by identifying regional public health priorities based on assessments of community health; guiding the implementation of programs, practices and policies that are evidence-based to meet improved health outcomes; and advancing the coordination of services among partners. Additionally, the PHAC structure is intended to build on existing leadership and coordinating groups in many areas, beginning with substance misuse prevention (SMP), public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) and, over time, extend its advisory and coordinating role over a much broader range of public health issues and services based on regional priorities and capacity.
For more information about Public Health Advisory Councils:
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
In 2012, ten Regional Networks completed strategic plans that addressed substance misuse prevention. Collectively, Regions engaged over 2,507 stakeholders in forums and planning meetings to complete the community-level, data driven planning process in the production of a regional strategic prevention plan. These plans have been complied into the following thirteen regional work plans.
- Capital Area
- Carrol County
- Central NH
- Greater Derry
- Greater Monadnock
- Greater Manchester
- Greater Nashua
- North Country
- Strafford County
- Sullivan County (TBA)
- Upper Valley
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).
PWITS: Collecting-Documenting-Process and Outcomes
The BDAS Prevention Services Unit, along with its community partners, is invested in focusing on long-term outcomes. A large part of this investment has been the development of the Prevention WITS (P-WITS) online reporting system. Within this system the BDAS and NHCF providers are able to record data that allows the evaluation of targeted populations, programs and policy changes.
There are three guides:
- RPHN User Guide is for prevention contractors to enter a plan and implementation.
- PFS User Guide is for Partnership for Success funded contractors implementing student assistance programs.
- PWITS Quick Guide is a shorter version to support the end users in their data entry to ensure quality data is going into the system.
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
- Process for NH Prevention Providers to Select Evidence-based Interventions
- Selecting Evidence-based Interventions Pictorial
- NH Center for Excellence
- NH Drug-Free Community Coalitions
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