The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) uses a five-step process known to reduce risk-taking behaviors and prevent adverse behavioral health outcomes across the lifespan. The idea behind the SPF is to use the findings from public health research along with evidence-informed strategies to build capacity and decrease risk factors within communities.

Throughout all five steps, coalitions must address issues of sustainability and cultural competence. These steps require grantees to systematically:
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  1. Assess their prevention needs based on epidemiological data
  2. Build their prevention capacity
  3. Develop a strategic plan
  4. Implement effective community prevention strategies
  5. Evaluate their efforts

Applying the SPF to Address Behavioral Health Disparities (PDF, 194KB)

SAMHSA Guide to the Strategic Prevention Framework