Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Home page

Other Statewide Prevention Programs

The purpose of the College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention (CCSAP) is to promote substance abuse prevention programming and awareness activities in all Washington State institutions of higher learning.

CCSAP sponsors a statewide college wellness conference each year for students, staff, and faculty. Additionally,  CCSAP supports educational webinars that bring the latest research about substance abuse, mental health and student life, and supports multiple colleges and universities in providing students with online self-assessments for substance abuse.

The CCSAP meets bimonthly and provides mini-grants and technical support to colleges and universities.  Learn more about CCSAP and substance abuse among college and university students.

For more information about CCSAP, email Scott.Waller@dshs.wa.gov.

Originally funded by Congress in 1997 with the understanding that local problems need local solutions, the federal Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a cornerstone of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCPs) national drug control strategy.

The competitive funding provides support for community coalitions that focus on comprehensive strategies and environmental change to prevent and reduce youth substance use.  Applicants  who meet the criteria to apply may request up to $125,00 in funding for each year of a five-year cycle. Grantees may apply for a second round of competitive funding for years 6-10. DFC grants this year will generate about $4 million for substance abuse prevention initiatives in Washington State, in addition to the required minimum 100% local match funding..

The ONDCP is responsible for the program and partners with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, who administers and manages DFC.  Washington State currently has 33 DFC grantees.

For more information visit www.ondcp.gov/dfc or contact Stephanie.Atherton@dshs.wa.gov.

Initiative 502 (I-502) established a system, overseen by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, to license, regulate, and tax the production, processing and wholesale retail sales of marijuana. It creates a dedicated marijuana fund, consisting of excise taxes, license fees, penalties, and forfeitures, and specifies the disbursement of this money for a variety of health, education, and research purposes, with the remainder distributed to the state general fund.  The state Department of Health is the lead agency for implementing marijuana education campaigns.  Educational materials are available at www.LearnAboutMarijuanaWA.org.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) as the Single State Authority for substance abuse and mental health, is well positioned to meet the requirements and intent of  I-502 as it pertains to DSHS.  DBHR has demonstrated a reduction in the prevalence of alcohol abuse and risk, and an increase in protective factors associated with youth substance abuse, while improving coordinated service delivery across multiple agencies. DBHR also provides services to assess and treat patients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

DBHR is responsible for developing a plan to implement Section 28 of I-502, which includes the following components: 

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey and Young Adult Survey
DBHR is required under I-502 to design and administer the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), analyze the collected data, and produce reports.  The information from the HYS can be used to identify trends in substance abuse over time.  The goals for the HYS include identifying youth attitudes and risk behaviors and their consequences, and risk and protective factors for school, community, family, and peer-individual.  DBHR is allowed under I-502 to expand to a young adult survey.   DBHR will administer the HYS and, as funds allow, conduct a young adult survey utilizing social media to survey populations who are 18-25 years of age.

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
DBHR is required under I-502 to contract with WSIPP to conduct the cost-benefit evaluation and produce reports to the legislature by September 1, 2015, with subsequent reports in 2017, 2022, and 2032.  DBHR will work directly with WSIPP in evaluating prevention and intervention program impacts on marijuana-related maladaptive use, abuse and dependence. 

Preventing and Reducing Substance Abuse
I-502 instructs DBHR to implement and maintain programs and practices aimed at preventing or reducing maladaptive substance use, substance-use disorders, and substance dependence.  These programs and practices will be evidence-based (85%) with the remaining 15% being research-based or a promising practice. DBHR-funded services will be delivered through Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) coalitions, as well as Tribes and Educational Services Districts (ESDs).  DBHR will direct a portion of dedicated marijuana funds to support youth residential treatment providers (through direct contracts), outpatient providers (through County contracts) and Tribes. 

For more information contact Scott McCarty at mccarps@dshs.wa.gov.

DBHR develops and distributes publications and advertising messages and works with news media to increase public education about the harmful consequences of substance abuse.  Our messages promote healthy attitudes and behaviors, and connect individuals and families with prevention and intervention resources. We also partner with state and local agencies to educate families and communities about preventing alcohol and other drug use, and maintain a website for parents and prevention groups with news and resources:  www.StartTalkingNow.org.

Through our state alliance program with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, effective drug prevention messages are delivered to advertising media partners every six months.  

The following organizations provide additional communications resources for prevention organizations:

For more information about DBHR's communications/health promotion program, contact Deb.Schnellman@dshs.wa.gov.

PREP is a federally funded teen pregnancy prevention program mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  Through this grant, states implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs in an effort to decrease disproportionate teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among high risk youth populations.  In Washington State, organizations implementing PREP include institutional education facilities, local detention centers, juvenile rehabilitation facilities, local community organizations serving specific youth populations, local health departments, middle school & high schools, and a youth chemical dependency treatment facility.  Implementation sites receive a one-time stipend for implementation start-up.

In Washington State, the Department of Health (DOH) is the PREP grantee.  DOH contracts with Cardea Services, an organization that provides curriculum training, technical assistance, and data collection.  DOH also contracts with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to incorporate PREP within social and health service programs and the school system.

For more information, contact Kristin.Murphy@dshs.wa.gov.

Service to Science is a national initiative to better evaluate innovative programs and practices that aim to prevent substance abuse and related mental and behavioral health problems, or the underlying factors associated with increased risk.

Operated by SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), Service to Science assists local program developers, implementers, and evaluators in applying more rigorous evaluation methods to their work. Ultimately, the initiative supports state prevention efforts by increasing the number of local programs that meet evidence-based standards.

The long-range goals include:

  • Supporting innovative local interventions seeking to demonstrate and document evidence of effectiveness.
  • Increasing the number and array of evidence-based interventions from which states and communities can select to address substance abuse.

In order to participate in Service to Science, programs must be nominated by their state's Alcohol and Drug Agency (Single State Agency) or National Prevention Network representative. Each year during June through July, DBHR staff seek  nominations from the prevention field, review applications, interview applicants and submit final nominations for the initiative to the CAPT staff.

For more information visithttp://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA11-4629/01-FullDocument.pdf or contact Stephanie.Atherton@dshs.wa.gov.  

In collaboration with other state agencies and prevention organizations, DBHR supports an annual State Prevention Summit. The goal is to provide an enriching and culturally competent training and networking opportunity for youth, volunteers and professionals working toward the prevention of substance abuse, violence and other destructive behaviors, mental health promotion as well as integrating such prevention efforts with primary health care.

High quality workshops, forums, and hands-on learning opportunities meet a variety of needs, including professional development for prevention professionals.  A youth track to support and engage youth volunteers in prevention initiatives is also provided.

 The Prevention Summit is held each fall in Central Washington.  For more information visit www.preventionsummit.org or contact Ivon.Urquilla@dshs.wa.gov.

The Spring Youth Forum is the follow-up conference to the Prevention Summit.  The Forum provides youth prevention teams the opportunity to learn from others while showcasing their own education and planning skills.  Youth teams share successes and lessons learned from projects commenced during or following previous Prevention Summits or other youth trainings.

The Prevention Summit and the Spring Youth Forum work in tandem to create momentum and help to encourage, reward and support youth-led prevention in local Washington communities.

For more information, visit the Spring Youth Forum website or contact Ivon.Urquilla@dshs.wa.gov.