The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2017) has identified six strategies that can help shape your prevention plans: information dissemination, prevention education, positive alternatives, environmental strategies, community-based processes, and identification of problems and referral to services. According to SAMHSA’s Focus on Prevention, (2017) community-based processes strengthen resources such as community coalitions to prevent substance use and misuse. Organizing, planning, and networking are included in this strategy to increase the community’s ability to deliver effective prevention and treatment services.
Ohio’s SPF-PFS Evidence-Based Practices Workgroup requires that all SPF-PFS funded communities implement a strategic plan that includes the prevention strategy community-based process. SPF-PFS funded communities are encouraged to develop a plan to ensure that community-based work sustains in their community beyond the life cycle of the SPF-PFS funding. A strong community-based coalition is essential for successful implementation, long-term sustainability and community support for prevention. Ohio’s SPF-PFS Evidence-Based Practices Workgroup is requiring Ohio’s SPF-PFS coalitions to use the Community Coalition Action Theory (Butterfoss & Kegler, 2002) as a way to critically consider how community-based processes are carried out through coalitions.