Substance Abuse Prevention

Prevention Services focuses on deterring the onset or first use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) among youth and reducing substance abuse risk factors for adolescents, families and communities.  Changing perceptions, attitudes, behaviors and local conditions that increase the risk of ATOD abuse are primary goals of the prevention program.

Prevention Services :

  • Coordinates the Arkansas Coordinating Council, which consists of over 15 different agencies/stakeholders, that provides guidance on the development and implementation of a strategic prevention plan. 
  • Maintains the Prevention Resource Clearinghouse that provides educational materials and information relevant to maintaining healthy living free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and reducing factors that place youth, families and communities at risk.
  • Brings substance abuse information and educational resources directly to all 75 counties across  neighborhoods and communities in the Regional Prevention Representatives (RPR’s)catchment areas.
  • Provides training and technical assistance for youth, families, schools and communities in the use of evidence-based strategies and best prevention practices to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse 
  • Funds and monitor substance abuse prevention grants and contracts that include the 13 Regional  Prevention Centers and services designed for populations and communities at higher risk 
  • Prevention Services is also responsible for managing programs that prevents and reduces tobacco use among children and youth and ensures compliance with federal and District laws.

PreventionWorksAR.Org

Prevention Works AR is a source of Arkansas drug and alcohol abuse data, tools and available resources offered by the Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS), Arkansas Department of Human Services and MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training. We support data dissemination and prevention outreach efforts of the Arkansas State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup and Arkansas Archival Risk Factors. This workgroup provides a forum for the policymakers, researchers and community representatives to have a data-driven exchange of ideas in order to effectively and efficiently utilize prevention resources.

AFMC serves as the analytic and advisory agent on the workgroup, which includes members from the Arkansas Department of Health, regional prevention providers, Arkansas Department of EducationUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, tobacco coalitions, alcohol coalitions, schools and colleges, and other invited members of the community. The resources provided by DBHS and AFMC allow community members to make data-driven decisions for effective preventive programs in their communities.

In order to sustain that coordinated effort, the prevention section of the Division of Behavioral Health Services funds: