The Behavioral Health Prevention and Promotion Branch adds to the full array of services offered by the Division of Behavioral Health by using targeted, evidence-based prevention strategies for the reduction in rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and abuse, and suicide by Kentuckians.
With state and federal funding, some prevention services are provided though contracts with community-based service providers and partnerships with community agencies and coalitions.
General prevention strategies consisting of community-based processes, environmental strategies, education, problem identification and referral, information dissemination and alternative strategies are provided through the 14 Regional Prevention Centers (RPCs). These strategies are in line with those endorsed by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
RPCs work to build the capacity of communities across the state to develop sustained efforts to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related problems, and behavioral health problems, among citizens of all ages.
RPC staff work with the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP) local boards, UNITE groups, Drug Free Communities coalitions and other prevention coalitions, as well as faith-based groups, to provide technical assistance and training on CSAP’s Strategic Prevention Framework Planning process and effective substance abuse prevention planning.
The purpose of the Suicide Prevention Program is to build statewide capacity for preventing suicide by providing technical assistance, training and resources to assist cities, counties, regions, organizations and individuals in developing suicide prevention strategies (including programs, interventions, and policies) that advance the Kentucky Strategy for Suicide Prevention, with the overall goal of reducing suicides and suicidal behaviors in the commonwealth.
For more information about the Substance Abuse Prevention Program or the Suicide Prevention Program, click their links in the Related Links box.