To address certain gaps in health equity, OASAS proposes to fund substance use/misuse prevention-focused coalitions to engage vulnerable and isolated communities, who are connected by cultural identity, in developing and implementing environmental change prevention strategies in these communities.
Coalitions funded will use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to develop culturally appropriate and tailored prevention for specific underserved communities: Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC), veterans, transitional youth (i.e.., transitioning out of foster care or juvenile justice system), new Americans (i.e., immigrants, migrants, refugees), LGBTQIA+ individuals, people over the age of 50 years, and/or people with disabilities in New York State. By using local data sources that can identify culturally specific substance use/misuse issues, a community can foster population-specific prevention strategies to reduce and delay underage substance use/misuse and instill lasting positive changes for their high-risk communities.
For scope of services, see https://oasas.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/11/pfs2022_rfp.pdf#page=8.
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