States and communities must have the capacity—that is, the resources and readiness—to support the prevention programs, policies, and strategies they choose to address identified substance abuse problems. Why? Because programs, policies, and strategies that are well-supported are more likely to succeed. Building capacity means taking a close look at your assessment data, finding the gaps that lie therein, and developing an action plan to address those gaps.
Key components of capacity building include:
- Increasing the availability of fiscal, human, organizational, and other resources.
- Raising awareness of substance abuse problems and readiness of stakeholders to address these problems.
- Strengthen existing partnerships and/or identify new opportunities for collaboration.
- Developing and preparing the prevention workforce.
There is tremendous value in these capacity-building activities. Together they will not only improve the effectiveness of prevention activities in the short term, but also help to ensure the sustainability of these activities, over time.
Many grantees have developed materials related to and/or describing their assessment processes. Links to these materials are contained on their respective state, tribe, or jurisdiction pages.