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The New Hampshire’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services’ Substance Misuse Prevention (SMP) Coordinator’s Manual Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol explains the vital role Prevention plays across the state. The manual describes specific tactics for raising awareness, engaging stakeholders and building regional capacity.

Focus On Prevention: Strategies and Programs to Prevent Substance Use Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol is a new guide that contains tools for use in planning and implementing a prevention event. The tools in this guide are building blocks for planning prevention events and strengthening efforts to reach your specific objectives.

The goal of the Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services (BDAS) Prevention Services Unit is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance misuse across all age groups, including underage drinking and the misuse of alcohol and/or other drugs, and to reduce the negative consequences of substance misuse for individuals, families, and communities.

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 misuse Prevention Efforts and Services Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Regional Public Health Networks and Advisory Councils

Map of NH 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 RPHNs, PHACs and to find your regional CHIP go to:

Regional Public Health Networks Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinators (SMP) and Three-Year Substance Misuse Prevention Plans

In New Hampshire, Substance Misuse Coordinators (SMPs) work in every region of the state to promote effective population level substance misuse prevention policies, programs, and practices. The SMPs deploy a multiple intervention approach through collaboration with regional partners and resources to develop and build strong community resiliency to address the effects of substance misuse within their region.

The Regional Public Health Networks SMPs every three (3) years develop and implement in collaboration with community level stakeholders a Substance Misuse Prevention Plan. 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) Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Partnerships for Success

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) was awarded multi-year 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 Grant 2015 is a three year grant totaling $12.4 million. Funding began on October 1, 2015 and will end on September 30, 2020. 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 among persons aged 12 to 25.

Student Assistance and Higher Education

To meet the above outcomes the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) is funding high need communities to implement Student Assistance Programs at middle and high schools and institutions of higher education across NH. These student assistance services will follow the model of Project SUCCESS. This model includes individual student screenings, individual and group support services, substance misuse education, parent education as well as strategies that target the environment and community level concerns.

Young Adult Strategies

BDAS has implemented a multi-strategy level approach to address the needs of young adults in high-risk, high-need communities. Based on The Voices of New Hampshire Young Adult assessment, BDAS was responsive to the voices of New Hampshire’s young adults and has implemented substance misuse prevention strategies to meet the needs of college students, young adults who are in the workplace, as well as young adult who are parents and young adults transiting from high school to work or college.

Young Adults expressed a desire to learn more about substance misuse prevention, suicide prevention, and mental health wellness. To that end, BDAS partnered with NAMI-NH to develop the Young Adult CONNECT program that addresses the topic areas mentioned previously. It is a peer lead train the trainer program with the goal of developing young adult leaders in prevention.

To do more about substance misuse prevention education, BDAS contracted with The Community Health Institute to develop and launch a Digital Media Campaign called Binge Free 603 which utilizes the voices and stories of young adults between the ages of 21-25 to tell their story why they choose to drink responsibly because of the values they hold and their love for New Hampshire.

BDAS Funded School and Community Based Prevention Program

(See The Prevention Resource Guide Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol for Descriptions and Location of these Programs)

  • NH Juvenile Diversion Programs
  • Life of an Athlete
  • REAP
  • Prevention Direct Services

Prescription Drug Drop Box Locations

Prescription drugs are sometimes misused due to increased availability and easy access at home. New Hampshire residents can anonymously dispose of extra, unwanted or expired prescription drugs safely and securely at collection boxes located throughout the state. Find a prescription drug drop box in your community. Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

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