State Prevention Enhancement (SPE)

An Electronic Tool-Kit for Developing Prevention Prepared Communities in a Recovery Oriented System of Care:

On September 1, 2011, The Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services (now OROSC) received a one-year State Prevention Enhancement (SPE) planning grant of $286,829. The project goal is to implement SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative #1: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, by:

  1. Designing and implementing a Prevention Infrastructure Capacity Development Plan.
  2. Developing a 5-year comprehensive strategic plan for the purpose of:
    • Reducing underage and adult problem drinking.
    • Preventing prescription drug abuse.
    • Preventing suicide.
  3. Designing a workforce development plan to accomplish 1) and 2) listed above.
  4. Assessing and recommending potential state policy changes across state-level partners and stakeholders funding substance use disorder (SUD) prevention and mental health promotion in order to be successful in achieving the goals of the grant.


Based on epidemiological analysis, five communities serving 39 counties were selected to develop prevention prepared communities with the capacity to achieve the purpose of the grant. The five communities (coordinating agencies) – BABH/Riverhaven Coordinating Agency; Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Mid-South Substance Abuse Commission; Pathways/NorthCare Coordinating Agency; and Western U.P. Substance Abuse Services – will receive assertive capacity assessment and development services, as well as evaluation activity that will enable the state to develop a multi-year strategic plan. See our regional substance abuse coordinating agencies map for the counties covered by these agencies.

Michigan's SPE Project and Five–year Strategic Plan, July 2012 (to 2017)  
This plan was approved by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) on August 1, 2012.

Environmental Scan Survey Report  
This Wayne State University scan reports on stakeholders' perspectives about a variety of resource and capacity issues in the environment that impact on the provision prevention services.

Workforce Development Scan Survey Report  
This Wayne State University scan reports on the needs for capacity enhancement defined as collaboration between substance abuse prevention, treatment, mental health and primary care systems in an effort to build the Recovery Oriented System of Care in Michigan. The information will be used to assist in the development of workshops, trainings, and technical assistance opportunities for the development of prevention prepared communities.

Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) Transformation Steering Committee (TSC) Prevention Workgroup:


For more information, contact Larry P. Scott at or 517-335-2300.