The Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance (BHRT) Program is currently involved in four projects funded by the Behavioral Health Administration.
Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP)
The Opioid Misuse Prevention Program is administered by the Office of Prevention 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 (MSPF2)
The MSPF2 project utilizes SPF-PFS funding from SAMHSA to strengthen the efforts of 10 local coalitions previously funded under the first MPSF initiative. MSPF2 is administered by the Office of Prevention within the Behavioral Health Administration. The purpose of the MSPF2 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 MSPF2 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 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.
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG)
The SABG program is administered by the Office of Prevention within the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). BHA has transitioned to utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework for SABG planning and implementation in order to help guide the jurisdictions in implementing data-driven, evidence-based strategies. The BHRT Program is tasked with providing technical assistance to the jurisdictions on utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework and the components of the SPF process (Assessment, Capacity Building, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, Cultural Competence, Sustainability).