State Prevention Enhancement (SPE) Project

What is the Washington State Strategic Prevention Enhancement Project?

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) was awarded $600,000 by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to enhance our infrastructure by providing consistent professional training across our state agencies and community partners, providing a more accessible and responsive data collection system, and integrating primary care with substance abuse prevention, to create a contemporary and responsive prevention system infrastructure to meet the emerging demands of local needs and federal initiatives. [SPE Grant Proposal]

DBHR is working with the Strategic Prevention Enhancement (SPE) Policy Consortium and will develop and implement a Capacity Building and Infrastructure Enhancement Plan, and a Comprehensive Strategic Prevention 5-year Plan. The SPE Project will enhance our prevention infrastructure to better support local high-need communities as they address substance abuse.

The Washington State Strategic Prevention Enhancement project will provide infrastructure enhancement support to state agencies, local governments and our providers. We anticipate that as a result of this effort all of the citizens of Washington will share in its intended outcomes. This funding is for a one-year infrastructure and planning project and therefore, no specific direct service population is defined.

For more information on the State Prevention Enhancement (SPE) Project Overview, click here.

For information on the State 5-Year Strategic Plan for Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion the following documents and presentations are available:


To view other key documents posted for SPE, click here.

What are the goals of the Washington State Strategic Prevention Enhancement Project?

The State Prevention Enhancement Project will build state infrastructure and develop a multi-agency plan for more integrated state substance abuse prevention system to create cost savings and improve effectiveness and efficiency.

  1. Increase state prepared infrastructure in preparation for federal health care initiatives.
  2. Improve access and use of process and outcome data in local community planning and implementation.
  3. Increase availability of information regarding working with special populations and accessibility to training resources for state prevention providers.
  4. Increase knowledge and understanding of successful strategies for integration of substance abuse prevention with primary care and mental health promotion.

For more information, click here.

Who are the partner organizations and activities working with the SPE Project?

Who can I contact for more information about the SPE Project?

Sarah Mariani

Behavioral Health Administrator


Julia Havens

Prevention System Development Manager



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