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State Incentive Grants (SIGs)
A program of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

Southwest CAPT's Role
SIG States in the Southwest Region
SIG-Related Programs
CSAP Funded SIGs



The purpose of the SIG Program is to change State and local community prevention systems in order to more substantially impact adolescent substance abuse rates. The focus on youth is grounded in public health, since substance use is linked to many negative long-term, health- and behavior-related outcomes. The SIG program provides funding to States to increase the capacity and effectiveness of State prevention systems to respond to the critical problems of substance abuse nationwide.

The SIG Program provides a unique opportunity for CSAP to work collaboratively with Governors and Single State Alcohol and Drug Abuse agencies on several fronts to:
  • Develop comprehensive Statewide substance abuse prevention strategic plans that coordinate substance abuse prevention across different levels of infrastructure (community, region and State), and between state entities;
  • Encourage and stimulate identification, leveraging and/or redirection of funding among State agencies, and out to local communities;
  • Enhance State and local capacity to develop and implement science-based prevention efforts; and
  • Link drug prevention with related state efforts to improve the well-being of children and youths more generally.

Eighty-five percent of each grant (approximately $2.5 million a year for three years) is used to implement community-oriented, evidence-based prevention practices to fill gaps in critical prevention services. The remaining 15 percent of SIG funds support development of a revitalized, comprehensive, State prevention plan, making use of all Federal and State prevention funding streams to provide coordinated and integrated prevention services across the State. This process allows States to address the needs of individual communities while enhancing the availability of, and accessibility to, state-of-the-art substance abuse prevention services.

The SIGs calls upon governors to develop and implement a comprehensive statewide substance abuse prevention strategy to optimize the use of all state and federal substance abuse prevention funding streams and resources. SIGs are funded as cooperative agreements -- rather than grants -- between states and the federal government, because of the important roles each has in ensuring the success of the SIGs.

The federal role is to:

  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to states
  • Participate on appropriate SIG-related advisory committees and workgroups
  • Monitor progress by conducting site visits
  • Review and approve the State's sub-recipient contracting mechanism (RFP)

Each State's role in the cooperative agreement is to:

  • Collaborate with CSAP staff in project implementation and monitoring and all aspects of the terms and conditions of the SIG cooperative agreement
  • Participate in National Cross-Site Evaluation
  • Provide SAMHSA with data to meet Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA) reporting requirements

A significant disparity exists between the demand for sound, science-based, substance abuse prevention services for youth and other vulnerable populations, and the availability of such services. The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program, which sets and maintains baseline substance abuse prevention services, is not sufficient, in and of itself, to ensure the availability of these critical services. The SIG Program is designed to close these gaps through targeted reduction of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use by adolescents, ages 12-17 years.


Southwest CAPT's Role: (Top)

It is the Southwest CAPT's obligation to provide our clients with technical assistance and training in order to consistently apply the latest research-based knowledge about effective substance abuse prevention programs, policies and practices. Among our clients are seven states that are current or former State Incentive Grantees. Through unique partnerships between the Southwest CAPT and each SIG state, a full-time Southwest CAPT State Liaison lives and works in those states. This arrangement is established through contractual agreements whereby half the salary and benefits for a State Liaison is paid by the Southwest CAPT, and half the salary is paid for by the State in question. In this way, SIG states in the Southwest Region derive the benefit of full-time, in-state technical assistance from the Southwest CAPT.


SIG States in the Southwest Region: (Top)

Seven states in the Southwest Region are current or former State Incentive Grantees.

New Mexico
Colorado Nebraska Kansas Louisiana Oklahoma New Mexico Texas

SIG-Related Programs: (Top)

In addition to the SIG Program, CSAP has developed two, related programs to support SIG initiatives. These are: (1) Pre-State Incentive Grants (Pre-SIG), and (2) SIG Enhancement Cooperative Agreements.

The Pre-SIG Program provides one-year grants to help States that have not yet received a State Incentive Grant (SIG), in order to help them develop the capacity and infrastructure needed to compete effectively for a full (3-year) SIG award. Eligible applicants include States and Territories that that have not yet received a SIG award. The expected average amount of these one-year awards is approximately $450,000.

The SIG Enhancement Cooperative Agreements provide cooperative agreements to those states that have already received a SIG award. This program supports the use of existing SIG infrastructures within a State, in order to enhance prevention capacity in key areas. SIG Enhancement awardees are required to enhance their prevention data infrastructure, community-based prevention and early intervention for one of two target populations: young adults (ages 18-25); or young children (ages 0-6). Eligible applicants include current and former State Incentive Grantees. The expected average amount of these awards will range from $500,000 to $750,000 (depending on State needs) per year for three years.

CSAP Funded SIGs: (Top)


Cohort I:
October 1997 - September 2000

Cohort ll:
July 1998 - July 2001
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina

Cohort III:
July 1999 - July 2002
District of Columbia

Cohort IV:
September 2000 - September 2003

Cohort V:
September 2001- September 2004
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island

Cohort V-a:
March 2002 - March 2005



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