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Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant

Welcome to the Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) Page

The Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) program is one of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's infrastructure grant programs. SAMHSA's infrastructure grants support an array of activities to help grantees build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse and/or mental health services. The SPF SIGs, in particular, will provide funding to States and federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations 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 State/Tribal and community levels.

The Strategic Prevention Framework is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention and a series of guiding principles that can be operationalized at the Federal, State/Tribal and community levels.


Grantees and coalition representatives attended the Annual Prevention Grantee Meeting September 26-28, 2012 in Anchorage.  Communities learned about Collective Impact, and received intensive training from the Community Prevention Support Team and the State of Alaska.  To learn more about the tools and resources highlighted in the training, please use this link.

2012 Alaska Dashboard: Key Issues Impacting Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Alaska. Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

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CDC Releases Research on Binge Drinking Prevalence, Frequency and Intensity Among Young Adults.

Community Prevention Support Team joins the SPF SIG team!

Agnew:Beck has joined the SPF SIG team to provide training and technical assistance to each of the SPF SIG grantees. Use this link to check out their webpage to learn more about our grantees, review resources, and read about their announcements and updates for the project.

Through a competitive grant solicitation and application process, six community coalitions from across the state received SPF Community grant funds to address the two (2) state priority areas of 1) youth alcohol consumption and 2) adult heavy and binge drinking.  Those grantees are:

  1. Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP), led by the Regional Wellness Forum:  $318,810. RurAL CAP is based in Anchorage, and is serving three (3) communities: Teller, Savoonga and Shishmareff, located in the Bering Straits Region. This grantee is committed to serving each of the villages by having a direct service provider based in each community. RurAL CAP has partnered with Kawerak Inc., based in Nome, to provide oversight to the three villages. Each village has a local-level coalition to address unique community needs regarding the priority areas.  In addition to these community coalitions, the existing regional coalition will provide leadership to the grantee.
  2. Alaska Island Community Services, led by Central Southeast Prevention Coalition: $316,716. Alaska Island Community Services is working with the Southeast communities of Petersburg and Wrangell. Alaska Island Community Services has engaged Petersburg Mental Health Services as a key stakeholder in the SPF SIG project.
  3. Fairbanks Native Association, led by Fairbanks Prevention Coalition$345,961. Fairbanks Native Association is serving the Fairbanks North Star Borough—they are working with the largest service area of these six grantees. Fairbanks Native Association has recently become the recipient of the federal Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant, the Fairbanks Prevention Coalition.
  4. Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (CICADA), led by Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP): $350,000. CICADA is serving the community of Homer. CICADA has strong partnerships with key stakeholders, who include Haven House and The Center, non-profit agencies in their service area. The steering committee, which will play a key role in the management of this grant has a focus of domestic violence and substance abuse, and are operate under a public health model which encourages environmental strategies.
  5. Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, led by Yakutat Healthy Community Coalition: $350,000. Yakutat Tlingit Tribe is serving Yakutat, and is utilizing their Drug Free Communities coalition, the Yakutat Healthy Community Coalition, to serve the SPF. They have been in operation since 2001 and have strong community engagement from parents, students, tribal leaders, the City and Borough and counseling service providers. Yakutat is addressing the need to expand their workforce to meet the needs of this grant and are having staff participating in RADACT training as well as the Rural Human Services program to increase their ability to provide prevention services to their community.
  6. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation (SEARHC): $350,000. SEARHC is serving three (3) communities across Southeast Alaska: Angoon, Kake and Klukwan. Each of these communities has unique needs and conditions, and this grantee is committed to serving each of the villages by having a direct service provider based in each community. SEARHC is utilizing their established coalition, the Suicide Prevention Taskforce, to address the priority areas of adult heavy and binge drinking and underage drinking in each of these communities.

Each grantee is currently in the first stages of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF): Step 1. Assessment and Step 2. Capacity Building. Grantees are identifying key stakeholders in the SPF, developing their coalition and gathering local level data. Only then will they continue to the next three Steps of the SPF: 3. Planning, 4. Implementation, and 5. Evaluation.

Underage Drinking Prevention Video

Some of the many ways Alaskans are working to prevent underage drinking are shown in this video, which was funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.