SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS)

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention and a series of guiding principles that can be utilized at the federal, state/tribal and community levels.

The SPF requires states and communities to systematically: 

  • Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data,
  • Build their prevention capacity,
  • Develop a strategic plan,
  • Implement effective community prevention programs, policies and practices, and
  • Evaluate their efforts for outcomes.



Ohio’s SPF-PFS initiative seeks to increase the access of high need rural areas to evidence-based prevention services by building workforce capacity and prevention system infrastructure. The decision to select Appalachian and rural communities as the target population for this grant grew out of several years of need, resource and readiness assessment work conducted at the state and local levels.

Ohio's prevention priorities are to:

  • Increase access to prevention services by enhancing prevention infrastructure, 
  • Prevent or reduce consequences of underage drinking for persons aged 12 to 20, and
  • Reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 20. 

Ohio’s PFS will help build an integrated public health infrastructure that more efficiently leverages prevention resources to support the alignment of prevention priorities from multiple systems at the community and state levels.  This expanded infrastructure and increased workforce capacity will lead to an increased use of evidence-based programs, policies, practices and strategies to impact individual and community level change and ensure that Ohio's Appalachian and rural populations have equitable access to culturally competent prevention services.

For more information on Ohio’s SPF go to Ohio SPF.