Prevention Coalitions are pressed to put in place solutions to prevent substance misuse problems facing their communities .
But research and experience have shown that prevention must begin with an understanding of these complex behavioral health problems within their complex environmental contexts; only then can communities establish and implement effective plans to address substance misuse .To facilitate this understanding, SAMHSA developed the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) .
It takes all the community stakeholders sitting at the table to create one unified voice for addiction prevention. Together we make an impact.
In FY 2019, an estimated 60 million—or 1 in 5—Americans lived in a community with a DFC coalition, and since the program’s inception in 1997, approximately 160 million—or nearly half of all Americans—have lived in a community with a DFC coalition.
Currently, the program reaches an estimated 2.4 million middle school students and 3.4 million high school students. By funding
coalitions in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the DFC program helps youth across the country and of all demographic and socio-economic statuses to live drug-free lives.