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Rhode Island Substance Abuse Prevention Act (RISAPA) – promotes comprehensive prevention programming at the community level. There are 34 municipal task forces which cover 38 cities and towns and engage in local needs assessments. They use a data-driven, decision-making framework for planning, implementing evidence-based practices, and evaluating strategies, policies and programs to produce long-term reductions in substance misuse and abuse.
BHDDH Contact: Elizabeth Farrar
Rhode Island Student Assistance – is a school-based alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention/early intervention program which uses the SAMHSA/CSAP (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention) evidence-based program Project Success (formerly Westchester Student Assistance Program). It is available in 44 middle and high schools throughout the State and implemented by masters-level counselors.
Primary Prevention Services: Reducing the Use of Marijuana and Other Drugs (MOD) – Data determined the need for BHDDH to address marijuana and other drug use within nine communities (Woonsocket, Warren, South Kingstown, Pawtucket, Tiverton, Central Falls, Chariho, Gloucester, Barrington) by implementing evidence-based programs listed in SAMHSA's Registry addressing all six Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) strategies. The University of Rhode Island performs process and outcome evaluations to insure that the program is being implemented to the standards of evidence-based programming. The University collaborates with the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) for planning purposes.
Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center (RIPRC) – provides training and technical assistance resources for Rhode Island substance abuse prevention providers. The Center fosters State and local collaboration to prevent substance use and other risk-taking behaviors in Rhode Island. The website, www.riprc.org includes a calendar of upcoming training/events, fact sheets, and a private provider portal with login accessibility.
Prevention Advisory Committee (PAC) – is a permanent committee on the Governor's Council for Behavioral Health. The purpose of the PAC is to make prevention recommendations to the Council that will be included in the annual report sent to the Governor and to the federal government's Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. The primary goal of the PAC is to strengthen the prevention workforce in Rhode Island. Sandra Delsesto and Sarah Dinklage are the PAC Co-chairs.
Rhode Island Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (PFS) – the PFS provides funding, which is administered by BHDDH, to 20 communities to reduce underage drinking and youth marijuana use in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is one of sixteen states that received an award from the SAMHSA/Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to fund high-need communities. The funds will be used to implement evidence-based practices, policies and programs to prevent substance use. The PFS communities are: Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Cranston, East Greenwich, East Providence, Hopkinton, Johnston, Lincoln, Narragansett, Newport, North Providence, Middletown, Portsmouth, Richmond, South Kingstown, Warren, Warwick and Woonsocket.
BHDDH Contact: Karen Flora
The Evidence-Based Practices Workgroup provides guidance to the Prevention Advisory Committee of the RI Governor's Council on Behavioral Health regarding the use of evidence-based practices for the delivery of behavioral healthcare services within Rhode Island. The workgroup membership is drawn from various behavioral health disciplines and includes experts in behavioral health research, epidemiology and evaluation as well as behavioral health promotion and prevention providers. The charge of the workgroup is twofold: (1) develop guidelines for ascertaining whether a given practice, policy or program meets existing standards for evidence- based practices in behavioral healthcare; and (2) identify a process by which an innovative or locally- developed behavioral healthcare practice, policy or program can be designated as an evidence-based practice in RI.
State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) - leads data-driven planning and decision- making for the purposes of State and community-level planning for prevention of substance use and abuse, and mental wellness and their impact across the State of Rhode Island. With BHDDH-administered authority, the Department of Community Health at Brown University performs epidemiological analyses and the University of Rhode Island Department of Psychology provides prevention evaluation services for BHDDH. With the advent of PFS money, SEOW will continue its efforts until September, 2018.
State Tobacco Compliance Inspection Program ("Synar Program")
BHDDH administers the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant from SAMHSA. As a condition for receipt of SAPT Block Grant funding, every state must submit an annual Synar Report to SAMHSA.
The report originated from the Synar amendment (the amendment was named for its sponsor, the late Congressman Mike Synar of Oklahoma, to federal tobacco laws requiring States to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. All states are required to conduct an annual survey of retail tobacco retailers to assess their compliance with the law. States must comply with the Synar Amendment in order to receive their full Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) awards.
The Synar Report includes the results of state sampling methodology for selecting tobacco retail outlets for the survey, detailed tables analyzing survey results by city/town and survey protocols. The report also includes summaries of community based efforts such as programs to engage and educate local retailers regarding tobacco laws to attain their compliance, educate and inform youth and their adult advocates about tobacco issues and developing partnerships with local police departments to conduct enforcement inspections of retailers in their cities and towns.
BHDDH Contact: Maureen Mulligan
FDA Tobacco Compliance Inspection Program
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tobacco Compliance Inspection Program is performed through a contract between the FDA and the State of RI (represented by BHDDH) to enforce certain provisions of the federal 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act ("TCA"). BHDDH contracts with municipal police departments to provide officers who are commissioned by the FDA to conduct undercover buy attempts at licensed retail tobacco outlets utilizing trained minors. Inspections conducted to determine retailer compliance with TCA advertising and labeling restrictions on regulated tobacco products are conducted by BHDDH staff.
BHDDH Contact: Maureen Mulligan