Implement an Evidence-Based Program

The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health promotes and supports community centered evidence-based prevention, with promotion and support of gold-standard prevention models. Effective prevention requires adherence to the five basic phases found in the Strategic Prevention Framework. These models include implementation of evidence-based programs and environmental strategies to address selected priority risk and protective factors to have a healthy impact on youth development and community well-being.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Programs is a reputable registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. Blueprints programs are family, school, or community-based and target all levels of need — from broad prevention programs that promote positive behaviors while decreasing negative behaviors, to highly-targeted programs for at-risk children and troubled teens, that get them back on track. Implementation of these programs is supported by DSAMH.

In addition, the Utah Evidence-Based Workgroup was created in response to the need to identify additional evidence-based, substance use disorder prevention programs, deemed effective in our state. The workgroup is comprised of experts in the fields of prevention and evaluation. Using the Tiers of Effectiveness, programs are evaluated and coached through the certification process to become recognized as a viable evidence-based program.