The Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance (BHRT) Program is currently involved in two projects funded by the Behavioral Health Administration.
Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)
The Opioid Misuse Prevention Program is administered by the Division of Population-Based Behavioral Health within the Behavioral Health Administration. OMPP utilizes the Strategic Prevention Framework to guide the jurisdictions to implement data-driven, evidence-based strategies. The goals of the OMPP initiative are to provide funding to the jurisdictions to: (1) reduce opioid misuse; (2) reduce opioid overdoses; and (3) reduce opioid overdose fatalities.
Partnership for Success Grant (MSPF II)
The Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework II Project utilizes SPF-PFS funding from SAMHSA to strengthen the efforts of 10 local coalitions previously funded under the first MPSF initiative. MSPF II is administered by the Division of Population-Based Behavioral Health within the Behavioral Health Administration. The purpose of the MSPF II Project is to institutionalize the Strategic Prevention Framework throughout the state to develop and enhance Maryland’s substance abuse prevention system. The goals of the MSPF II initiative are to: (1) reduce underage and youth binge drinking in Maryland and (2) strengthen state and local community capacity and infrastructure.
Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPFRx)
Beginning in FY '17, SPFRx is a five-year initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance (BHRT) Program will be tasked with using SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to address the two main goals of SPFRx: (1) reduce non-medical use of prescription drugs and (2) strengthen state and local capacity to address over-prescribing of controlled substances.