Strategic Prevention Framework Planning Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a process known to promote prevention at the federal, state, and community level. The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to substance misuse and abuse prevention and a series of guiding principles that can be utilized to promote resilience and decrease risk factors in individuals, families, and communities.

Resources and toolkits have been developed to help communities move through the five steps of the SPF:

  1. Assess prevention needs based on epidemiological data
  2. Build prevention capacity
  3. Develop a strategic plan
  4. Implement effective community prevention programs, policies, and practices
  5. Evaluate efforts for outcomes