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The Office of Prevention manages all aspects of substance abuse prevention within ADMH to include the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), State Incentive Grant (SIG), Alabama Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (AEOW) and Tobacco Sales to Minors Program (SYNAR). Below is more information about prevention projects and resources.

Office of Prevention Organizational Chart
Prevention Service Map
Prevention Providers Directory
FY16 Catchment Area Awardees

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Strategic Prevention Framework – Strategic Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG)

In order for the Office of Prevention to effectively implement the SPF at the state and community levels, three goals are recognized for this project:

  1. Prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance use, including childhood underage drinking
  2. Reduce substance-related problems in Alabama communities
  3. Build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state and community levels

prevention processAlabama’s SPF-SIG from the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) funds substance abuse prevention programs, policies, and practices to address the state’s priorities as determined by the SPF-SIG Epidemiological Workgroup and SPF-SIG Advisory Board. The SPF, which assists states in developing a strategic plan, is developed through a five-step data-driven process incorporating cultural competency and sustainability. The five steps of the SPF are:

  1. Needs Assessment
  2. Capacity Building
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Implementation of Evidence-Based Prevention Programs
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation

Epidemiological Profile
Alabama State Strategic Plan

State Prevention Advisory Board (SPAB)
The SPAB functions as an advisory board for prevention services in general, but it is also designated as the official SPF-SIG Advisory Board. The SPAB has representation from all of the state agencies that play a role in substance abuse prevention. School and community-based organizations are represented on the SPAB as well. Bringing these key stakeholders together in an advisory role has already helped to increase communication and collaboration between prevention agencies, and it is anticipated that it will continue to serve this function. The SPAB plays a large role in developing the state‘s prevention infrastructure and is the approving board of SPF-SIG operations.
SPAB Membership

Alabama’s Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (AEOW)
Since the AEOW establishment in 2006, the AEOW has focused efforts on a systematic assessment of statewide need in order to assure wise use of limited resources. In addition to monitoring alcohol, tobacco, and other drug consumption and consequence patterns in Alabama, the AEOW has made it a goal to build epidemiological capacity among state and local prevention professionals to ensure use of accurate data in planning, programming, and prioritization. Also, the AEOW which is also designated as SPF-SIG Epidemiological Workgroup provides information and data about substance abuse to the SPAB.
AEOW Membership

SPAB/AEOW Quarterly Minutes:
April 2013
January 2013
October 2012
July 2012
April 2012
January 2012

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Synar is a Federal Amendment that requires States to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. Synar is a critical component of the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, States not in compliance risk losing a significant portion of their grant funding. Enforcement, compliance, merchant education, and a coverage study are the four main components of Synar. The ADMH works closely with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and prevention communities across the state to ensure the success of Synar efforts.

Synar Program Factsheet –
Alabama Synar Tobacco Retailer Violation Rates

Coverage Study
The Coverage Study is designed to determine the quality and completeness of the master tobacco retailers’ list frame, which is maintained by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC Board). This list frame is used to sample tobacco retail outlets for the Synar compliance checks, which determines the retailer violation rate for the state based on unannounced inspections of a sample of tobacco retail outlets. Therefore, the coverage study, which should be conducted every three years, is needed to assess the quality of the list frame and to assess whether the results from the Synar survey are valid and unbiased.
Coverage Study 2014

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Prevention Media

Several media outlets are utilized to keep Alabamians abreast of mental health and substance abuse issues. Below are some the tools used. The “In the Spotlight” series highlights current initiatives and/or events of at least one substance abuse prevention agency. Previously, the Prevention 411 Newsletter was distributed monthly to employees, prevention providers, coalition members, drug-free communities, and SPAB & AEOW members to keep them aware of activities and events. The underage drinking video, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/CSAP highlights the state’s challenges and successes in preventing underage drinking.

National Prevention Week:
NPW Events Calendar
Tobacco Prevention Across the Globe
Prevention Opioid and Prescription Drug Misuse
Underage Drinking and Alcohol Abuse
Suicide Prevention

In the Spotlight Series:
National Prevention Week
Aliceville Housing Authority
Council on Substance Abuse – NCADD
Drug Education Council
AltaPointe Health Systems – Substance Abuse Prevention Team
East Alabama Mental Health Center
Baldwin County Community Alliance

2013 What's the 411? Newsletters:
Health Involvement
Children of Alcoholics
Alcohol Awareness
National Prevention Week
Smoking Alcohol
Ten Addicts
Wal-Mart Alcohol Sales
Recovery Month

2012 What's the 411? Newsletters:
Birth Defects
Children of Alcoholics
Kick Butts Day
Prescription Take-Back Day
National Prevention Week
Recovery Month
Mental Illness
Mental Wellness
World AIDS Day

2011 What's the 411? Newsletters:
Great American Smokeout
National Drunk & Drugged Driving

Underage Drinking Video -

Underage Drinking Website -

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Substance Abuse Statistics

Relevant data sources provide information that help assess the burden of substance abuse in Alabama. Statistics are useful for better understanding the scope and trends of substance abuse in Alabama and allow for making effective decisions in implementing prevention efforts. Factsheets are presented below on various substance abuse topics.

Underage Drinking
Illicit Drug Use

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For the Newcomer

The Alabama Prevention Newcomer’s Guide (APNG) provides a range of information useful to prevention professionals on all levels. For those new to the prevention field, both agencies and individuals, the guide serves as an orientation tool. You will find invaluable information on agency and individual certification standards; available resources to aid prevention efforts; a wealth of online references to help gain an understanding of prevention on the state, regional and national levels; and publications introducing the basics of prevention in theory and practice.

For experienced prevention professionals and established prevention agencies, the guide serves as a useful reference manual. Contact information for other Alabama prevention providers, 310 Board catchment areas, clearinghouse coverage areas and important contacts at the state level are all included to keep you in touch with your counterparts across the state.

Newcomer's Guide

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For the Prevention Provider

To assist prevention providers in the application of prevention strategies, this section contains practices and standards for prevention. Resources developed to assist providers include documents on the maintenance of prevention records, reporting of prevention services and billing of prevention strategies.

Prevention Standards
Attendance Roll Log Instructions
Prevention Activity Sheet 2017
Prevention Activity Sheet Instructions
SA Contract Billing Manual Edits Prevention Specific 2012
ASAIS Training Manual
Performance Improvement and Program Evaluation Form
Sample Performance Improvement Form
Performance Improvement Feedback Survey
Prevention Budget Request Template
Prevention Plan Template
Observation of Direct Prevention Staff Form
Model Prevention Plan 1
Model Prevention Plan 2
Model Prevention Plan 3
Model Prevention Plan 4
Annual Prevention Plan Monitoring Form
Prevention Funding Allocation Model Strategic Plan
Request for Prevention Plan Amendment
Prevention Plan Amendment Guidelines

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