Strong, local partnerships serve as the backbone of successful community substance abuse prevention. This resource offers an introduction to some new, “non-traditional” partners.
Strong, local partnerships serve as the backbone of successful community substance abuse prevention. When thinking about engaging partners in substance abuse prevention efforts, a few key players may immediately come to mind, such as parents and law enforcement. While these more traditional partners remain invaluable, today’s continually evolving prevention landscape requires us to “think outside the box” and reach out to new partners who can help us address emerging drug trends, access populations in greatest need, and extend the reach of our prevention efforts.
SAMHSA has identified 12 stakeholder groups as vital to the success of any community-level prevention effort.[i] These include:
This resource offers an introduction to some additional stakeholder groups, highlighting the ways that these “non-traditional” partners may enhance your prevention efforts. The list has been divided into three categories of partners: health, state and local government, and communities.
[i] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2008). FY 2008 RFA Grant Application Information: Eligibility.
[ii] Obamacare Facts (n.d.). Obamacare Preventative Care. Retrieved from http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-preventive-care.php 
Developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies contract (Reference #HHSS277200800004C).