Statewide Needs Assessment of Primary Prevention for Substance Abuse (SNAPS)

The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) executed a contract with the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to conduct a statewide needs assessment from June 2017 to February 2018 to identify gaps in substance abuse primary prevention program funding.  

The project called the Statewide Needs Assessment of Primary Prevention for Substance Abuse, or SNAPS,  aims to: (1) identify gaps in funding and opportunities to streamline existing efforts to prevent substance abuse across Colorado; and (2) assess the use of evidence-based programming to prevent substance abuse, including identifying key success factors and barriers to adoption.  The results of the SNAPS analysis will be utilized to inform state substance abuse priority setting and strategic planning for future statewide fund allocations.

In efforts to strengthen the process, a SNAPS advisory group has been established to provide input and guidance to CHI throughout the assessment process.  The advisers will work with CHI to reflect on the gathered research and data, including the analysis of various data sets and results from statewide community forums and other communications; and propose milestones, benchmark measures and work groups for program implementation.

The findings of SNAPS will be summarized in a report and utilized to inform state substance abuse primary prevention priority setting and strategic planning for future statewide community funding allocations.  

To learn more about OBH’s statewide needs assessment of primary prevention for substance abuse, please contact Jenny Corvalan-Wood, Community Prevention and Early Intervention Programs Director, at jenny.wood@state.co.us  or 303.866.7424.