The Cayuga County Drug Free Community Coalition utilizes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) which is a 5-step planning process to guide the selection, implementation, and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities.
The effectiveness of this process begins with a clear understanding of community needs and depends on the involvement of community members in all stages of the planning process.
The SPF includes five steps:
Step 1: Assess Needs
Step 2: Build Capacity
Step 3: Plan
Step 4: Implement
Step 5: Evaluation
Data: Youth Development Survey 2014-15 Report by NYS office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OASAS)
NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF ALOCHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
35.4% of 9th Abused Alcohol within the last 30 days & 39.2 % of 10th graders Abused Alcohol within the last 30 days
OASAS Prevention Framework
New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) defines prevention as a pro-active, research-based, data-driven process utilizing proven-effective strategies and programs to reduce or prevent alcohol and other drug abuse in individuals, families, and communities. Our approach to alcohol and substance abuse prevention, and the conceptual framework that supports it, have evolved over time. Both are based on emerging national research findings and the state’s experiences in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Risk and protective factor-focused prevention is grounded in the public health approach to planning of using data-based predictors of problem behaviors and positive outcomes. To date, this prevention approach has produced the best research evidence that the risk and protective factors are predictive of youth problem behaviors. Research on evidence-based model programs and practices has shown that reducing risk and increasing protection factors does lead to lower levels of youth problem behavior. The problem behaviors include substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy, school drop-out and violence.
The OASAS “Risk and Protection Framework” is based on research conducted from 1990 to the present by the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at the School of Social Work, University of Washington in Seattle. Based on extensive research and testing, Drs. David Hawkins and Richard Catalano identified risk factors that increase the likelihood of youth substance use and other problem behaviors. They also identified protective factors that reduced the likelihood of youth substance abuse and other problem behaviors. Since then, the prevention research field, led by such organizations as SDRG and the Society for Prevention Research, has continued to update and advance our understanding of the youth R&P factors. The R&P factor model is used by Federal, State and local government agencies, community partnerships and prevention service providers to guide their planning and program development.
Understanding and identifying risk and protective factors helps providers and communities understand what they can do to prevent problem behavior and promote healthy development among children, adolescents, and young adults. This allows providers to select the most appropriate evidence-based programs and strategies for their target populations to effectively achieve the outcome of reducing or avoiding substance use/abuse, by focusing their resources on reducing those risk factors specific to their community.
Prevention Resource Office
Our mission is to empower communities by building, training and sustaining community coalitions to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse.
Central Region Prevention Resource Center
906 Spencer St.
Syracuse, New York 13204
Auburn High Schools CCC Health Class
Auburn High Schools CCC Health Class created a Health Project website with helpful information and resources for community members suffering from alcohol and substance abuse.
Cayuga County Drug Free Coalition
PRC Representative is:Jeanice Freeman, BS
Community Development Specialist
(315) 471-1359 ext. 310