Texas State Incentive Program (TSIP)
In March of 2002, the State of Texas, through the Governor's Office, entered into a cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to oversee the State Incentive Grant (SIG) Program. The Governor designated the Texas Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (TCADA) to oversee the grant, and to assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive substance abuse prevention strategy to optimize the use of all state and federal funding streams and resources. (See TCADA's Strategic Plan 2003-2007, at http://www.tcada.state.tx.us/policy_info/.)
TEXAS STATE INCENTIVE PROGRAM (TSIP)
The Texas SIG program is titled the Texas State Incentive Program (TSIP). The TSIP offers an excellent opportunity to impact the multi-faceted challenges of drug abuse prevention in Texas with a revitalized, comprehensive statewide prevention strategy that strengthens local community efforts.
The TSIP will identify gaps in prevention services, promote effective and promising prevention approaches, and develop a plan to coordinate, leverage and redirect state and federal funding streams as needed to strengthen the substance abuse prevention system that serves the needs of Texas youth and their families.
The specific goals for the TSIP are:
The TSIP Advisory Committee includes individuals who serve on the prevention sub-committee of Texas' Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee, as well as other representatives who provide community level input. The TSIP Project Coordinator is Penny Harmonson.
Texas was awarded $4 million per year for three years through SIG. To support the development of effective prevention approaches at the local level, 85 per cent of the funding (a minimum $3.4 million) will be awarded to community coalitions for community planning and implementation of science-based programs.
The Request for Proposals for sub-recipient awards was released in December, 2002 (see http://www.tcada.state.tx.us/funding/funding.html#RFP for versions of the RFP and related materials). February 5, 2003, was the deadline for submission of applications from community groups. Texas received 29 applications. Rewards will be made shortly after the end of February, 2003.