"Prevention is an active process of creating conditions and fostering personal attributes that promote the well-being of people."
--William Lofquist, 1989
What is prevention?
Prevention is about fostering healthy, strong communities to build healthy, strong kids. According to the Southwest Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (Southwest CAPT), prevention is a proactive process that empowers individuals and systems to meet the challenges of life events and transitions by creating and reinforcing conditions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
The goal of substance abuse prevention is the fostering of a climate in which (a) alcohol use is acceptable only for those of legal age and only when the risk of adverse consequences is minimal; (b) prescription and over-the-counter drugs are used only for the purpose for which they were intended; (c) other abusable substances are used only for their intended purposes; and (d) illegal drugs and tobacco are not used at all.
Region 3 Prevention System Coordination
Region 3 provides the coordination of critical system areas including Regional Prevention System Coordination. In this role, Region 3 provides prevention system leadership, support and technical assistance to providers, community coalitions and multiple stakeholders in planning new services and ensuring the appropriate use of funding for prevention strategies.
The mission of Region 3 Prevention System Coordination is to improve the health and well being of individuals in Central Nebraska by effectively planning, coordinating and managing prevention resources and providing information and technical assistance in order to empower communities to achieve desiredc substance abuse prevention outcomes.
- Technical assistance/Training to communities regarding funding streams, coalition development, sustainability , and resource utilization.
- Technical assistance/Training to community coalitions on assessing and identifying priority substance abuse issues and selecting and implementing cultually and locally-appropriate substance abuse prevention policies, practices and programs.
- Technical assistance/Training to communities on utilizing SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) planning model to develop a data-driven, evidence-based substance abuse prevention plan.
A wide variety of substance abuse prevention materials such as brochures and booklets are available to communities and organizations at little or no cost. Click on the Resource Library link for more information on how to access resources.
An application for prevention mini-grant funding is released to communities once a year. The intent of the funds is that they be used as "seed" money to start programs, strategies, and community coalitions to build comprehensive community approaches for substance abuse prevention. Click on the Prevention Mini-Grant link for more information.