The Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Section, funds approximately 188 school and community-based programs statewide to prevent the use and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) among Texas youth and families. These programs provide evidence-based curricula and effective prevention strategies identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
The Strategic Prevention Framework provided by CSAP guides many prevention activities in Texas. In 2004, Texas received a state incentive grant from CSAP to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework, Texas DSHS working in close collaboration with local communities to tailor services and meet local needs for substance abuse prevention. This strategic prevention framework provides a continuum of services that target the three classifications of at risk populations under the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which are universal, selective, and indicated.
The Department of State Health Services Substance Abuse Services funds 11 Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs) across the State of Texas. These centers are part of a larger network of youth prevention programs providing direct prevention education to youth in schools and the community, as well as community coalitions which focus on implementing effective environmental strategies. This network of substance abuse prevention services works to improve the welfare of Texans by discouraging and reducing substance use and abuse. Their work provides valuable resources to enhance and improve our state’s prevention services aimed at addressing our state’s three prevention priorities to reduce: (1) under-age drinking; (2) marijuana use; and (3) non-medical prescription drug abuse. These priorities are outlined in the Texas Behavioral Health Strategic Plan developed in 2012.