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Family and Social Services Administration

Addiction Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Addiction Prevention and Mental Health Promotion

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) Bureau of Mental Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention provides oversight and administration of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant to ensure funding that addresses statewide prevention and mental health promotion priorities. It supports evidence-based  initiatives that serve to prevent and reduce substance abuse and mental illness, reduce the negative impact of substance abuse and mental illness, and promote overall behavioral health. Suicide, problem gambling, underage drinking, binge drinking, tobacco and illicit drug use, and prescription drug misuse are examples of issues that prevention initiatives may target.

Mission: To reduce substance use and abuse and promote behavioral health across the lifespan of Indiana citizens by maintaining a coordinated, effective, and accountable system of prevention and behavioral health promotion services.

Vision: Sustainable environments that nurture, assist, and empower all Indiana citizens to access and experience optimum physical, emotional, and mental health.

Click here to read the Substance Abuse Prevention and the Mental Health Promotion Strategic Plan 2012-2017

The Evolution of Indiana Prevention

As research uncovers new information regarding effective prevention practices, Indiana’s prevention system also evolves to support state-of-the-art prevention initiatives and strategies. Indiana seeks to ensure that its system and strategies are data-driven, evidence-based, measurable, and responsive to change. Indiana has adopted the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as a model to follow to carry out prevention efforts. The SPF a five-step process developed by SAMHSA and shown to be effective in helping communities create, implement, and evaluate effective strategic plans.

Indiana also supports the use of Communities That Care (CTC), a planning model consisting of five stages, to aid communities in mobilizing community members and increasing their capacity to effectively develop and implement prevention and promotion strategies. In Indiana, Communities That Care is meant to be a tool that supplements the overall use of the SPF by giving communities specific guidelines, benchmarks, and activities to follow as they undergo the SPF process.

The Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 oulines goals and objectives for enhancing Indiana's prevention infrastructure, discusses the guiding principles for Indiana prevention, and presents various prevention and promotion priorities.  

The plan also introduces Indiana’s identified priority populations- groups of people that have been identified as being at greater risk for substance abuse and mental illness than average. Indiana has identified the following four populations as priorities:

  • Individuals with past or current military involvement
  • Individuals previously incarcerated
  • Individuals identifying as LGBTQ
  • Individuals with co-occurring disorders

Current Funded Initiatives

View the document “Funded Prevention Initiatives ” for a more detailed description of the programs.

Community Prevention Framework: Community-based coalitions following a “hybrid” of the SPF and CTC models. They include:

  • Development grantees: Follow the SPF and CTC processes and develop a strategic plan to prevent and reduce substance abuse and its consequences in   their community
  • Implementation grantees: Have already created a strategic plan and currently implement their prevention strategies 
  • Family grantees: Implement evidence-based family programs in their community

Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)Provides training, technical assistance, evaluation, and resources to Indiana prevention and treatment providers.

Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (ICRUD): Provides training and support regarding environmental strategies and advocacy, provides support to K-12 and college campus prevention efforts.

The LEAD (Leading and Educating Across Domains) Initiative: Trains youth to become leaders in prevention.

Prenatal Substance Use Prevention Program (PSUPP): Provides programming to prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among pregnant women.

Partnerships for Success II Grant : Federal three-year grant to reduce prescription drug misuse in Indiana.

State Excise Police: Perform tobacco and alcohol compliance checks of retailers throughout the state and provide alcohol and tobacco retailer education. Related initiatives include TRIP, the annual Synar Report, and the Survey for Alcohol Compliance.

Grant Announcements

School Focused Prevention Program (RFF2013-06)

Responses to Questions (RFF2013-06)


Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 

The Bureau’s Mission, Vision, and Duties 

Funded Prevention Initiatives 

Indiana Substance Abuse Prevention Priorities

Other Statewide Prevention Efforts  

Partnerships for Success II Abstract 

Synar Reports (2011 , 2012,  2013 2015, 2016 Annual reports on compliance regarding tobacco sales to minors)

Synar Inspection Form

Synar Inspection Protocol

ASR Tables (1-5)

General Resources:

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Communities That Care (CTC)

Indiana Local Coordinating Councils

Indiana Prevention Resource Center

Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program 

Indiana State Suicide Prevention Plan Web Page

Office of National Drug Control Policy

SAMHSA Prevention



State Epidemiological Profile Page

Data Resources

Indiana College Survey

Indiana Youth Survey

Monitoring the Future

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

State Epidemiological Profile Page

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

Training Resources

Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force

Prevention Training and Technical Assistance