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The goal of the Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services (BDAS) Prevention Services Unit is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse across all age groups, including underage drinking and the misuse and abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs, and to reduce the burden of substance abuse and related consequences for communities.

teenPrevention is defined as a proactive process which empowers individuals and communities to meet the challenges of everyday life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing healthy behaviors and lifestyles, ultimately reducing risks that contribute to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug misuse and their consequences on the individual and the community.

In advancing Substance Use Prevention in New Hampshire New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in 2012 approved an ambitious, 10-year strategy dedicated to the prevention of substance use disorders. Approximately $1.2 million dollars per year will be allocated from the portfolio in furtherance of this strategy. This strategy is implemented in close partnership with BDAS which includes strategic co-funding, integrated planning and reporting systems for prevention grantees. For more information

New Hampshire's prevention system is comprehensive consisting of several partners, stakeholders and investors at the state and community level. For a complete review of NH Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts and Services please review New Hampshire’s System for Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts and Services Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Regional Public Health Networks

In July 2013 the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, through the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) and Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) established a strategic partnership to align multiple public health priorities into one integrated system. The partnership aims to increase efficiency through single contracts with 13 agencies to serve as the host entity for a Regional Public Health Network (RPHN). The purpose of the RPHNs is to integrate multiple public health initiatives and services into a common network of community stakeholders. The RPHNs include every community in the state.

As of late 2013 each RPHN is in the process of establishing a Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC). The role of the PHAC is to advise the Regional Public Health Network partners by identifying regional public health priorities based on assessments of community health; guiding the implementation of programs, practices and policies that are evidence-based to meet improved health outcomes; and advancing the coordination of services among partners. Additionally, the PHAC structure is intended to build on existing leadership and coordinating groups in many areas, beginning with substance misuse prevention (SMP), public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) and, over time, extend its advisory and coordinating role over a much broader range of public health issues and services based on regional priorities and capacity.

For more information about Public Health Advisory Councils:

Map of NHThe long-term goal for the PHACs and RPHNs is to collectively develop a performance-based public health delivery system that provides all 10 Essential Public Health Services throughout their region. In support of this goal, the NH DHHS will continue to seek and direct funding and other resources to the RPHNs and encourage other public and private funders to utilize this regional alignment as appropriate when funding public health services.

For more information about your Regional Public Health Network, go to

13 Regional Public Health Networks Three-Year Substance Misuse Prevention Plans

Regional Public Health Networks work in collaboration with community level stakeholders in the development and implementation of these plans. The plans are based on local and state data in the identification of local issues and prioritization of goals and strategies demonstrated to have positive outcomes to reduce the incidence of substance misuse and related consequences. In addition, regional plans are in concert with other state plans that address Substance Misuse Prevention: Collective Action – Collective Impact: New Hampshire's Strategy for Reducing the Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Promoting RecoveryAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

Federal Regulatory Requirements for Substance Abuse and Mental Health ServiceAdministration (SAMHSA) Block Grant Funds National Outcome Measures (NOMs)

The NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services receives an annual award of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant funds. These funds support many of our prevention programs. There are many regulatory requirements for these funds that our sub-grantees need to adhere to.

Partnerships for Success

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) was awarded multi-million dollar federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success II Grant (SPF-PFS II) is a three year grant totaling $3.6 million. Funding began on October 1, 2012 and will end on September 30, 2015. The primary goal of the SPF-PFS II goal is to leverage the state’s existing prevention system structures and its resources to impact substance use among high need populations in identified communities to reduce: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.

Student Assistance and Mobilizing Higher Education

To meet the above outcomes the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) received and funded five proposals from high need communities to implement Student Assistance Programs at middle and high schools across NH. These student assistance services will follow the model of Project SUCCESS. This model includes individual student screenings, individual and group support services, as well as strategies that target the environment and community level concerns.

Higher Ed Prevention

The Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services will fund institutions of higher education to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and identify how it can enhance and strengthen services and supports for college students, the campus, and surrounding communities. More information will be available as the selected candidate(s) enter into contract(s).

BDAS Prevention Services Unit provides overall guidance, support and monitoring for alcohol and other drug prevention services in New Hampshire. This is to ensure quality of services that are comprehensive and evidenced based to reduce the burden of addiction and related consequences. Please contact one of our staff if you have any questions or would like to discuss prevention for your community.

Valerie Morgan, Administrator, Prevention Services Unit
PHONE: (603) 271-6819

Ann Crawford, Program Specialist
PHONE: (603) 271-6892

Jill Burke, Chief of Prevention and Education Services
PHONE: (603) 271-6112

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