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Prevention Services - Promoting Healthy Behaviors and Lifestyles

Prevention Services: Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives

Prevention Vision

Healthy Oregonians

Prevention Mission

To promote age appropriate social, emotional and behavioral development by providing evidence-based prevention programs, policies and practices (EBP) throughout Oregon.

Prevention Goals and Objectives

There are four interrelated goals for prevention including

  • Goal 1 – Research Driven;
  • Goal 2 – Data and Outcome Driven;
  • Goal 3 – Gold Standard Programs, Policies and Practices; and,
  • Goal 4 – Highly Knowledgeable and Skilled Workforce.

Prevention System Implementation

Oregon is committed to community-based prevention system of services. To gain population change in the priority problem behaviors requires the investment and commitment of citizens in a communities and counties and members of the recognized tribes.

There are two similar community-based prevention frameworks in Oregon. The Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF) was recently funded through a five year cooperative agreement with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. The second framework was implemented in Oregon in1988-89 through a National Institute on Drug Abuse research grant through the University of Washington. The program initially was titled Oregon Together and later was re-titled Communities That Care (CTC).

Both of these frameworks guide the implementation of the prevention mission, principles, business goals and objectives. Also guiding the implementation are the developments that occur from the biennial Legislative Sessions and changes in the overall system including the transition from the Department of Human Services to the Oregon Health Authority in July 1, 2011 and National Health Reform. Of special note is the passage of HB 3353 that formed the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission. The commission will make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on revisions to the alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Strategic Prevention Framework


The SPF provides a structure for coalitions and other broadly represented community organizations to identify the most pressing substance abuse problems in their community and at the state level.

SPF uses a data driven approach to understand what the most pressing problems are, who is affected most by the problems (consumption and consequences), why the problems are happening (contributing factors/predictions), and what Evidence-based Programs, Policies and Practices (EB3P) are most effective in addressing these problems and contributing factors/predictors. The guiding principle of this framework is that data on problems, resources, and readiness should guide the selection of EB3P.

Each community will in all probability a different set of outcomes targeted, but the goal is always community level change in substance use consumption patterns, consequences and contributing factors/predictions.

SPF has five interrelated steps that are shown below. There are also two key components central to each step; sustainability and cultural competence.

Communities That Care

Communities That Care (CTC) is a prevention implementation framework for use at the community, county, tribal and state levels. The framework is grounded in the public health model and findings from the research on predictors of positive behaviors and problem behaviors in six major health and behavioral issues. The framework is data driven and utilizes EB3P to address the priority problem behaviors and predictors.

Communities that Care Operating System flow chart  

CTC has five phases that build on each other. The first phase Get Started assesses a community's readiness to engage and sustain the prevention framework. The second phase Get Organized assists the community in developing a 'Community Board' with six subcommittees to carryout the tasks of implementing the framework. The third phase Develop a Profile analyzes the student survey, EPI and archival data to determine the communities priority problem behavior and predictors of the behavior. Also, the profile creates an inventory of programs, policies and practices that directly address the priorities (resource mapping). The fourth phase Create a Plan aids the community in developing a plan to address the priorities. The plan includes the desired outcomes for the problem behaviors and predictors, the EB3P and participant outcomes and establishes an evaluation plan. The final phase Implement and Evaluate assists the community in implementing the plan and carrying out the activities in the evaluation plan. There are six separate structured trainings for community members to successfully carryout each phase.

A five year random controlled research trial of CTC was completed in 2009. The five year study in 24 communities in seven state throughout the country showed significant results in reducing the initiation of three major health and behavioral problems; reduced initiation in alcohol use, tobacco use, smokeless tobacco use and antisocial behavior.

Download a complete copy of the Prevention Services:
Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives

The Institute of Medicine Spectrum of Intervention



Why We Need Prevention in Your Area

Statewide Partners

Oregon Partnership 

Oregon Partnership provides free and confidential drug and alcohol referrals, suicide counseling and intervention for youth and adults and information for people seeking help for themselves or loved ones through a Crisis/HelpLine Service. This service has special lines/services for those that speak Spanish and youth. During 2007-08, the HelpLine responded to 25,891 calls.


HelpLine: 800-923-HELP

YouthLine: 877-553-TEEN

LifeLine: 800-273-TALK or 800-SUICIDE

Linea de Ayuda: 877-515-7848 


WorkHealthy Oregon 

A workplace health promotion program sponsored by the Oregon Nurses Foundation. Workplace health promotion is a promising win-win strategy to help reduce healthcare expenses through better health risk management, increase competitiveness through improved productivity, and raise worker satisfaction as they meet personal health goals. Because workplace health promotion is new to many employers and workers, WorkHealthy Oregon disseminates information about successful applications of health promotion through research and implementation projects. Contact: Chris O'Neill at 541-344-1232 or oneillchris@mac.com

Links to Partners


Resource Materials

Web Links for Community Members

Tools for Oregon Providers

Certified Prevention Specialist Certification

The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO) and the Addictions and Mental Health Division have collaborated with a group of experience Prevention Specialist across Oregon in order to revise the training requirements for becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). The current training requirements were over 10 years old and the new requirements will help to ensure that those in the prevention field are receiving trainings and practice that is most relevant and informative to their work in this field. The total hours are the same, however specific training course work has been added or stipulated. Re-Certification hours will remain the same. 
The CPS Training Requirements Grid contains the old and the "updated/new" training requirements, which will be effective for the September 10, 2011, CPS exam date.  The March 12, 2011 CPS exam will be the final exam given with the current training requirements. AMH's Prevention Unit plans to offer the majority of the new training requirements throughout 2011.  

New CPS Training Requirements 
CPS Certification Application 
CPS Application Webinar (.wmv file)



Training Resources

  • University of Oregon Prevention Related Courses:
    For detailed information about SAPP classes, visit our website at http://sapp.uoregon.edu.
  • Online Prevention Courses offered through Wise Communications (Home study Programs - fee charged)