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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 amended. Per the agreement with CSAP, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services serves as the SPF-SIG administrator. The SPF-SIG Advisory Council is made up of the thirteen agencies of the Commonwealth which have prevention responsibilities and statewide prevention organizations, such as the Prevention Council of the VA Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB), the Community Builder’s Network (CBN) and the Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA), and provides oversight and guidance for the Virginia SPF-SIG program.

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.


Virginia will utilize the various existing attributes of Virginia's current prevention infrastructure as a platform to implement the goals and objectives of the state's prevention framework. The concepts of the SPF and utilization of a data-driven decision making process are the foundation for the SPF-SIG's development and implementation. Virginia considers all components of its prevention system as its Strategic Prevention Framework, as the SPF process has been fully integrated into the state's total prevention framework. All five steps of the SPF process are being implemented at the state-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. The Virginia SPF-SIG Management Team, as defined in the Strategic Plan, will provide the requisite leadership, technical support, and monitoring to ensure that communities receiving funding are successful in implementing all five steps of the framework. Communities are encouraged to build on the existing infrastructure of local prevention service planning coalitions, where available. New coalitions should not be formed.

State SPF-SIG Priority

The priorities of the SPF-SIG are to further address Virginia's identified gaps by strengthening and implementing a SPF Plan, utilizing the State Epidemiological Workgroup (SEW), improving cultural competency and sustainability, and targeting resources to areas of need. 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, that lead to these MVCs, not simply providing alternative transportation options.

The Strategic Plan of the Virginia SPF-SIG Project may be downloaded from our resources page. It can be found in the pull-down menu above.

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