Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant (SABG)

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Community  Programs (OBH) administers a portion of the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to fund primary prevention by providing universal, selective, and indicated prevention activities and services for persons not identified as needing treatment. 

The SABG program’s objective is to help plan, implement, and evaluate activities that prevent and treat substance use disorders. The SABG is authorized by section 1921 of Title XIX, Part B, Subpart II and III of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. The Public Health Service (PHS) Act required the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create regulations as a precondition to making funds available to the states and other grantees under the SABG. Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 96 was published on March 31, 1993, and The Tobacco Regulations for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant; Final Rule, 61 Federal Register 1492 was published on January 19, 1996.

SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT) Performance Partnership Branch, in collaboration with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Division of State Programs, administers the SABG.

The federal block grant guidelines include primary prevention activities that are directed at individuals who do not require treatment for substance use disorder. Comprehensive primary prevention programs, policies, practices, and approaches target both general population and subgroups that are at high risk for substance misuse and abuse.