The Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance (BHRT) Program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy provides technical assistance to guide jurisdictions and communities across Maryland through the Strategic Prevention Framework in addressing substance abuse prevention issues.

The Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance (BHRT) Program assists and evaluates the Office of Prevention within the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) as it works through the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF):

  • Assessment
  • Capacity
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation

In addition, the program develops guidance materials and provides training and technical assistance to BHA-funded jurisdictions on the SPF steps.

The program currently serves as the state evaluation and technical assistance provider for two BHA projects: the Opioid Misuse Prevention Program and the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework 2.