To be effective, Arkansas prevention planners need to understand complex behavioral health problems within complex environmental contexts.
DAABHS uses the Strategic Prevention Framework developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The framework is based on years of research and experience throughout the United States.
Two principles must be embedded in every step of the framework.
SAMSHA points out several advantages of this framework when compared to other strategic planning processes.
The Strategic Prevention Framework is circular. Planners will return to the assessment step repeatedly over time as community needs and capacity change. Also, the cycle is adaptable to complex, multi-faceted planning. Communities and organizations may work on more than one step at a time if needed.
The framework steers the collection and review of data to define and prioritize problems and behavioral patterns
The framework requires input and cooperation from diverse community partners.