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Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant

In April 2010, the Commonwealth of Virginia entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to administer the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) State Incentive Grant (SIG) Program authorized under Section 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as mended.

The SPF-SIG program is one of SAMHSA's infrastructure grant programs. These grants support an array of activities to help grantees build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse services. The SPF-SIG provides funding to states to implement SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework in order to:

  • prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking;
  • reduce substance abuse-related problems in communities; and
  • build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level.

The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention and a series of guiding principles that can only be operationalized through partnerships between the Commonwealth and communities.

Virginia's priority is to reduce motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) involving alcohol-impaired drivers who are between the ages of 15 and 24 years. It aims to reduce the consumption patterns, including underage drinking and binge drinking, which leads to these MVCs, not simply providing alternative transportation options.

Campbell County is administering the grant locally on behalf of the HIPE Coalition (Healthy Individuals through Prevention and Education). The HIPE Coalition is a regional group whose mission is to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Region 2000 through educational programming, regional advocacy and prevention to reduce risky behaviors, substance abuse and obesity.