Nebraska State Incentive Cooperative Agreement (SICA)

Overview
Nebraska SICA Mission, Goals and Objectives
NePiP Workgroup Descriptions
NePiP Membership

Overview

In September, 2001, the State of Nebraska entered into a partnership with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA, to substantially reduce substance abuse by Nebraska youth. Over the three years of this partnership, the State Incentive Cooperative Agreement (SICA), Nebraska communities will benefit from $9 million in direct federal funding to support the following objectives:

The development and implementation of comprehensive strategies to fill identified gaps in prevention services and reduce alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drug use by 12 to 17 year old Nebraska youth;
 
The development of a comprehensive assessment and evaluation system to monitor progress at the state level and empower local communities to improve programming through the use of local level data; and
 
The integration, enhancement and strengthening of the existing statewide prevention system.
   

In accordance with the critical mission of the SICA agreement, Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns convened a statewide Cooperative Agreement Advisory Council -- Nebraska Partners in Prevention (NePiP) -- to provide leadership for this important state/federal partnership. In addition to providing policy input and direction, NePiP will also make funding decisions about approximately $2.5 million per year in federal funding. These dollars will be granted to Nebraska communities to empower them to provide state-of-the-art substance abuse prevention programming, policies and practices to increase positive outcomes for Nebraska youth.

The SICA partnership is administered by the Office of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Addiction Services, Nebraska Health and Human Services System. Laurie Sutter, Prevention Program Manager with the Division of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Addiction Services, serves as the SICA Project Director.

Nebraska SICA Mission, Goals and Objectives (Top)

Mission: Develop and implement a comprehensive statewide substance abuse strategy to identify, coordinate, leverage, and/or redirect prevention funding streams and resources to fill identified gaps in prevention services in order to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by 12 - 17 year old youth.

Goal 1: Strengthen and expand the infrastructure of the state prevention system across all levels.

Objective 1.1: Strengthen and expand the scope, inclusiveness and functioning of the Nebraska prevention system under the leadership of state agencies that administer state and federal funding for alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) programming in order to consistently and collaboratively address substance abuse prevention needs in an efficient and effective manner.

Objective 1.2: Build the capacity of the Regional Prevention Centers to enable them to provide regional needs assessment, policy development, community facilitation and technical assistance for an integrated network of state ATOD agencies.

Objective 1.3: Provide intensive, statewide training, technical assistance and capacity building to enable and empower communities to identify and address their needs on a local level.

Objective 1.4: Develop and implement Vision 2010, the Governor's comprehensive substance abuse prevention strategic plan, using state-wide and community needs assessment data collected through the SICA implementation process.

 

Goal 2: Enhance coordination and collaboration of all state agencies that administer alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) funds.

Objective 2.1: Collaborate on the creation of a common community planning process that accurately reflects and comprehensively addresses community needs.

Objective 2.2: Collaborate on the creation and implementation of a capacity-building and technical assistance plan which empowers communities at all levels of readiness to utilize common planning processes in order to identify needs, develop strategies to address needs, and secure the funding and other resources needed to achieve desired outcomes

Objective 2.3: Collaborate on the creation of common data collection and needs assessment systems, to ensure that sound information for designing and selecting effective prevention strategies is available at both the state and local levels. Specifically:

  • Identify the extent of the substance abuse problem affecting 12-17 year old youth statewide
  • Generate state level baselines to create targeted outcomes and measure progress
  • Develop a comprehensive, ongoing, statewide ATOD evaluation system that monitors progress at the state level and enables communities to improve programming by using local-level data.
  • Conduct a systemic study and analysis of prevention funding in order to develop/implement strategies to effectively coordinate, leverage and/or redirect funding streams and resources

Goal 3: Create a system to re-grant federal funds of $2.5 million/year for the next three years to local communities, in order to provide enable them to implement sustainable programming which fills identified gaps in substance abuse prevention services for youth ages 12-17.

Objective 3.1: Develop/implement a systematic approach for allocating SICA funds to subrecipient communities to fill gaps with needed prevention services.

Objective 3.2: Design/implement a process for identifying effective subrecipient communities and organizations that would receive SICA funds.

Objective 3.3: Implement the plan to help potential subrecipient communities identify and select appropriate science-based prevention programs and principles.

Objective 3.4: Design and implement strategies to sustain system changes and science-based prevention services as implemented through the SICA initiative.

NePiP Workgroup Descriptions (Top)

Nebraska's Partners In Prevention SICA Advisory Council has convened four workgroups to conduct the core business of NePiP. These workgroups are:

Policy and Strategic Planning
Best Practices
Data Monitoring
Initial Review

Policy and Strategic Planning Work Group (Back)

Mission: Serve as an advisory group to NePiP and utilize the leadership of state agencies that administer alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) programming in order to develop systems to consistently and collaboratively: 1) strengthen and expand the scope, inclusiveness and functioning of the Nebraska prevention system infrastructure across all levels, 2) enhance coordination and collaboration of all state agencies that administer ATOD funds, 3) address substance abuse prevention needs in an efficient and effective manner, and 4) coordinate with all other NePiP work groups to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Collaborate on the creation and implementation of an integrated community planning process that accurately reflects and comprehensively addresses community needs
  • Collaborate on the creation and implementation of a capacity-building and technical assistance plan which empowers communities at all levels of readiness to utilize a common planning process in order to identify needs, develop strategies to address needs, and secure the funding and other resources needed to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Collaborate on the creation of a common data collection and needs assessment system, to ensure that sound information for designing and selecting effective prevention strategies is available at both the state and local levels.
  • Identify additional sources of state and federal funding for sustaining prevention funding
  • Propose/implement actions to identify, coordinate, leverage and/or redirect funding streams and resources
  • Give input into the development of Vision 2010, the Governor's comprehensive substance abuse prevention strategic plan, using state-wide and community needs assessment data collected through the SICA implementation process.

Best Practices Work Group (Back)

Mission: Work collaboratively with other NePiP Work Groups to research and recommend approaches for best practices in order to ensure appropriateness and inclusiveness at all levels of SICA planning, programming, implementation and evaluation, including:

  • Bringing together models of prevention reflecting "best practices" (including literature reviews and training opportunities to facilitate implementation at the community level)
  • Examining different approaches to informing stakeholder groups at the state and community level about program development and practices
  • Ensuring that models proposed and implemented are culturally competent and fit the needs of Nebraska's diverse populations.

Data Monitoring Work Group (Back)

Mission: 1) Provide expert advice to NePiP, the Policy and Strategic Planning Work Group, and SICA staff on data collection, needs assessment and evaluation, 2) assist in the design of process and outcome evaluation systems for the SICA, and 3) develop a collaborative, coordinated and ongoing statewide data collection and needs assessment system in order to ensure that sound information for designing and selecting effective prevention strategies is available at both the state and local levels. Work includes:

  • Develop measures to fulfill SICA evaluation requirements
  • Develop a comprehensive, ongoing, statewide ATOD evaluation system that monitors progress at the state level and enables communities to improve programming by using local-level data.
  • Monitor the extent of the statewide substance abuse problem
  • Measure annual progress toward targeted outcomes

Initial Review Work Group (Back)

Mission: Work collaboratively with the other work groups to create a system to regrant federal funds of $2.5 million/year for the next three years to local communities, in order to provide enable them to implement sustainable programming which fills identified gaps in substance abuse prevention services for youth ages 12-17.

  • Develop/implement a systematic approach for allocating SICA funds to subrecipient communities to fill gaps with needed prevention services.
  • Develop proposal criteria and review mechanisms for funding community programs; design/implement a process for identifying effective subrecipient communities and organizations that could receive SICA funds.
  • Design and implement a plan to help potential subrecipient communities identify and select appropriate science-based prevention programs and principles.
  • Design and implement through the RFP process strategies to sustain system changes and science-based prevention services as implemented through the SICA initiative.

NePiP Membership (Top)

Chair:

  • Lt. Governor David Heineman

State Government:

  • Christine Peterson, Policy Secretary, NE Health & Human Service System
  • Steve Curtiss, Director, Finance and Support, NE Health & Human Service System
  • Doug Christensen, Commissioner, NE Department of Education
  • Fred Zwonechek, Administrator, Department of Highway Safety
  • Allen Curtis, Executive Director, NE Commission on Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement (Crime Commission)
  • Michael Heavican, U.S. Attorney, U. S. Attorney's Office
  • Edward Birkel, Probation Administrator, Nebraska Supreme Court
  • Chris Hanus Schulenberg, Deputy Administrator, Protection and Safety, NE Health & Human Service System
  • Romeo Guerra, Deputy Director, Preventive and Community Health , NE Health & Human Service System
  • George Hanigan, Deputy Director, Behavioral Health, NE Health & Human Service System
  • Ron Sorensen, Administrator, Office of Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Addiction Services, NE Health and Human Service System

State Legislature:

  • Senator Jim Jensen, District 20, Nebraska Legislature, Chair, HHS Committee
  • Senator Chip Maxwell, District 9, Nebraska Legislature, HHS & Education Committees
  • Senator Ray Aguilar, District 35, Nebraska Legislature, Government Committee
  • Sally Sylvester, State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Council


Special Constituencies and At-Large:

  • Dan Hoyt; Director, Bureau of Sociological Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Kevin Flores, member, Nebraska Minority Public Health Assn.
  • Judi Morgan gaiashkibos, Exec. Director, NE Commission on Indian Affairs
  • Carrie A. Wolfe, Community Member
  • Joel Gajardo, Community Member
  • Dr. Keith Parker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Frank Peak, Creighton University
  • Maria Vu, Director, Asian Community and Cultural Center
  • Karen Walklin, Nebraska Broadcasters Association
  • Dr. Kenneth Vettel, Physician, Grand Island
  • Dr. Jessiline Anderson, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Clinical Psychologist
  • Bette Poutre, Director, Nebraska State Parent Teacher Association
  • Hon. Justice John Wright, Nebraska Supreme Court
  • Tara Nettifee, State Board Member, Drug Free Youth Network
  • Jenna Smith, State Board Member, Drug Free Youth Network

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