MHSA Interventions by Impact - Goal 2.1

Goal 2.1: Prevent underage drinking, non-medical use of prescription pain relievers drugs by youth, and excessive alcohol consumption by adults
NOTE: Mental Emotional Behavioral (MEB) disorder prevention includes substance abuse prevention and other MEB disorder prevention.
Levels of Health Impact Pyramid * Interventions
Counseling and Education
  • Implement evidence-based programs in all high risk and underperforming schools to increase positive social development and healthy lifestyles.
  • Reduce stigma regarding substance use disorder and addiction.
Clinical Interventions
  • Promote screening and early intervention such as SBIRT and Teen Intervene , which improves the likelihood that the person will receive evaluation and treatment.
  • Educate health care providers about the warning signs of substance abuse.
Long-Lasting Protective Interventions
  • Establish reporting and advertising policies that do not glamorize alcohol and substance abuse or stigmatize MEB disorders.
  • Offer resources to social support, resiliency training, problem-solving skills to individuals and their networks.
Changing the Context to Make Individuals' Decisions Healthy
  • " Consider evidence-based strategies to reduce underage drinking, such as those promulgated by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Socioeconomic Factors
  • Advocate for addressing the common protective factors, such as poverty and exposure to violence and protective factors, such as parent engagement and social connectedness.

* Frieden T., "A Framework for Public Health Action: The Health Impact Pyramid". American Journal of Public Health. 2010; 100(4): 590-595

Note: The Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 has been extended to 2018 to align its timeline with other state and federal health care reform initiatives.

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