The Partners in Prevention Project (PIPP) is the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Office of Behavioral Health Prevention and Federal Grants (DBHDD-OBHPFG) substance abuse prevention initiative for the state. The 5-year implementation of this project will be done using SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).
Partners in Prevention Project in Randolph and Clay Counties
SPF is a five-step methodology that emphasizes sustainability and cultural competence in the various steps of assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Using evidenced-based individual and environmental strategies, a strategically developed workforce, and communal, collaborative efforts, the contracted agencies will create lasting change in the communities they will serve.
Georgia’s statewide initiative assessment data was used to identify early onset of alcohol use, abuse, and binge drinking as major public health issues in the state. Based on Georgia’s data, PIPP will target three statewide goals:
1) Reduce the early onset of alcohol use among 9-20-year-olds
2) Reduce access to alcohol and binge drinking among 9-20-year-olds
3) Reduce binge & heavy drinking among 18-25-year-olds
PIPP grew out of the Alcohol Prevention Project (APP) and the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Project (ASAPP), which began in 2011 and also used SPF. Expanding beyond alcohol prevention efforts in APP, ASAPP allows communities also to address a secondary high priority substance of abuse and misuse identified through assessment data. This approach will result in, and centers on, communities developing and implementing sustainable outcome-based prevention strategies.