Special Project

Oregon received the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) from the Federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on July 1, 2009, as part of the fourth cohort of funded states, territories, and Tribes.

The purpose of the project is to implement the five components of the SPF planning model at both state and community levels in Oregon. The following diagram details this process (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 2005).

Oregon’s needs assessment identified the targeted problem as alcohol abuse or dependence resulting from high-risk drinking among 18-25 year olds, and Oregon’s allocation strategy funds 12 Counties and 9 Tribes based on a stratified/hybrid model taking into consideration highest contributor, highest need and funding for urban, rural, and frontier communities. Union County was identified as one of the 12 counties.

The Oregon target of high-risk drinking among young adults means that:

1. The primary target for the SPF SIG is high-risk drinking among young adults ages 18-25. This refers to any use of alcohol by 18 to 20 year olds, binge drinking and heavy drinking by 18-25 year olds. Binge drinking refers to consumption of five or more drinks by males and four or more drinks by females on any one occasion. Heavy drinking refers to males that exceed two drinks per day or females that exceed one per day (US Dietary Guidelines).

2. The secondary target for the SPF SIG is the most significant consequence of high-risk drinking among 18-25 year olds in Oregon: alcohol abuse or dependence.
In Union County we are focusing on environmental strategies to decrease high risk drinking amongst our 18-25 year old population.

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