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Prevention Initiatives

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a 12-hour course that teaches people how to give first aid to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis situation and/or who are in the early stages of a mental health disorder. The aid provided is not a substitute for professional help, but may help in stabilizing the person until appropriate professional or other assistance (including peer and family support) can be engaged.

Contact: Kodi A. Pollard (405) 248-9273

Oklahoma Partnership Initiative (OPI)

The goal of OPI is to intervene effectively and early to prevent and reduce the risks for children associated with parental methamphetamine and/or other substance abuse.

Contact: Elicia Berryhill (405) 248-9272

Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA)

The Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) is a statewide survey administered by ODMHSAS to students in grades 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th during even-numbered Spring semesters. The survey measures risk behaviors such as violence and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use than can result in injury and/or impede positive development among Oklahoma youth and also evaluates risk and protective factors, which are attitudes, behaviors, and opinions that research has shown to be highly correlated with these risk behaviors. Survey results are utilized in the planning of important prevention and intervention programs within schools and communities.

Contact: Carrie Daniels  (405) 248-9281

Oklahoma E-Prevention Resource Center

The Prevention Resource Center is a clearinghouse for distribution of prevention, mental health, substance abuse printed materials to the citizens of Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma State/Tribal Epidemiology Outcomes Workgroup (STEOW)

The STEOW is led by Cherokee Nation, Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. It is comprised of representatives from tribes, tribal organizations, government agencies, research/evaluation groups, and universities. The mission of the Oklahoma STEOW is to improve prevention assessment, planning, implementation, and monitoring efforts through the application of systematic, analytical thinking about the causes and consequences of substance misuse.

Contact: Carrie Daniels (405) 248-9281

Oklahoma Regional Epidemiology Outcomes Workgroup (REOW)/Community Data Workgroup (CDW)

The REOWs composed of network of agencies, organizations and individuals with interest and knowledge about prevention of substance misuse, mental, and behavioral disorders. These workgroups include diverse stakeholders in the region with experience and knowledge working with data and how to access these data sources. Members also play an important role throughout the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process and other community evidence-based preventive approach. Contact: Vi Pham (405) 248-9153

Partnerships For Success (PFS)

The goal of the PFS is focused on achieving sustainable, population level outcomes in the prevention of non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPDs) among 12 to 25 year olds statewide, and via funding of 13 high need communities utilizing the RPC infrastructure and partner community coalitions to plan, implement, and evaluate local NMUPDs prevention efforts.

Contact: Young Onuorah (405) 248-9282

Oklahoma Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF Rx)

The goal of the SPF Rx grant is to enhance the existing PFS project with additional funds to utilize Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data in local prevention planning and to decrease improper prescribing practices in order to prevent NMUPD among persons aged 12 and older.

Contact: Young Onuorah (405) 248-9282

Police And Communities Together (PACT360)

PACT360 is a law enforcement-led community prevention education system designed to deal with existing drug issues and rapidly respond to emerging drug threats. The goal is to help reduce illicit drug use and its accompanying criminal behavior thereby improving the safety and quality of life of the community. Initially PACT360 focused on methamphetamine only, PACT360 has been expanded to address all youth drug and alcohol issues and delivers research-based information and resources to parents and other caregivers to help them deal with these issues.

Contact: (405) 248-9271

Regional Prevention Coordinators (RPC)

The primary goal of Regional Prevention Coordinators (RPC) is to provide regional prevention services by engaging community members, local organizations, public agencies, youth and the media to change community conditions that contribute to alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) related problems.

Contact: Young Onuorah (405) 248-9282

Prevention in Practice

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and drugs (illicit or misuse of prescription). 

Contact: Angela Dickson (405) 248-9331

State Prevention Enhancement Grant (SPE)

The State Prevention Enhancement Grant (SPE) seeks to strengthen and extend the implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).  The Oklahoma SPE project strives to further the State's interagency efforts, develop and deploy needed prevention system enhancements, address identified service gaps and policy needs, and build infrastructure at the State level that will lead to more efficient and effective resource utilization and impacts to substance abuse problems and related issues.

Contact: Young Onuorah (405) 248-9282

Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)

The SPF SIG program is one of SAMHSA's infrastructure grant programs.  SAMHSA's infrastructure grants support an array of activities to help grantees build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse and/or mental health services.

Contact: Young Onuorah (405) 248-9282

Synar Compliance

In accordance with Oklahoma law, the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) commission aids ODMHSAS in enforcing the Synar provisions. The goal of Synar is to reduce and maintain Oklahoma's number of successful illegal tobacco purchases by minors to less than 20% of attempted buys. Currently, Oklahoma's Synar non-compliance rate is 17.9%.

Contact: Anjilita Resendes (405) 248-9061

Underage Drinking Prevention

Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force
The purpose of the Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force is to monitor and implement the Comprehensive Plan and Recommendations for Underage Drinking Prevention. The Task Force also evaluates proposed legislation for the legislative session to reduce youth access to alcohol, make recommendations to the Governor's Office regarding this legislation and identify additional strategies to reduce and prevent underage access to alcohol. 

Contact: (405) 248-9284

Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (2M2L)
Targeting communities throughout the state of Oklahoma, 2M2L (Too Much To Lose) aims to decrease underage drinking and related social problems, decrease youth access to alcohol, increase community-level support for environmental change, and increase youth driven prevention activities. Oklahoma has implemented a comprehensive plan that includes enforcement training and technical assistance, community mobilization, strategic partnership development, youth leadership development, interagency collaboration and media advocacy.

Contact: Jeanette Cosby (405) 248-9328

Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention

Under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, ODMHSAS has initiated the Oklahoma Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Initiative. ODMHSAS provided evidence-based youth suicide prevention programs (gatekeeper training and screening) throughout Oklahoma through local mental health prevention service providers, schools, youth-serving agencies, tribal governments, and colleges and universities.

Contact: Shelby Rowe (405) 248-9274

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