Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Targeted Prevention

SAMHSA's CAPT supports the efforts of states, tribes, and jurisdictions to address behavioral health disparities. This section contains resources practitioners can use to target their prevention efforts to meet the needs of sub-populations that may be at increased risk of developing substance abuse and related behavioral health problems.

  • Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) works to promote and improve justice, safety and health within American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. In particular, the law calls for the creation of a new office to coordinate alcohol and substance abuse efforts among the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities and federal agencies.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are major risk factors for substance abuse and numerous other contributors to illness and death later in life. More than a decade of research has underlined the urgent need for implementing interventions that reduce and prevent ACEs among children and providing trauma-informed services for adults and their families.
  • Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem. Classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an "epidemic", prescription drug abuse affects individuals of all ages (as well as their families) and at a rate higher than that of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and methamphetamine combined.

Developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies contract (Reference #HHSS277200800004C).