The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) awarded Oklahoma a State Incentive Grant for three years, starting in 2000. In total, $8.4 million will be allocated to Oklahoma for prevention activities over a three-year span. Oklahoma has allotted 85 percent of the SIG funds to community-based prevention programs
Oklahoma will bring together community stakeholders, state agencies, policymakers, planners and prevention researchers to develop a vision for preventing alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug problems among Oklahoma's youth that is grounded in community empowerment and prevention science. Oklahoma is expected to redirect State Incentive Grant funds to 25 community sub-recipients that will pilot a statewide alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug youth assessment system.
Key goals of the SIG
program are 1) to coordinate, leverage, and redirect substance abuse funding,
and 2) to develop a comprehensive prevention strategy that fills gaps
in community prevention services, reduces drug use by young people aged
12-17, and implements prevention approaches that are based on sound, scientific