Much of the substance abuse prevention work that we do in Maine is organized and implemented by communities. The Office has received grant funding for two major community-based prevention projects that have been and will be implemented throughout Maine.
One ME, funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in 2001, operated in 23 separate community based coalitions around the state. The primary focus was on reducing binge drinking and tobacco use on the part of 12-17 year olds. By December 2005 many of the One ME sites had institutionalized the programming they implemented with the grant and many continue to provide substance abuse prevention services.
The Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) was funded by CSAP in 2004 to improve the capacity of the state to deliver prevention services and to fund evidence-based prevention services based on a needs analysis of Maine data on substance abuse and its consequences. This five year project was funded for over 11 million dollars, with 85 percent of the funding to be distributed as local subgrants. The project addresses underage drinking and supports a variety of other prevention services to people of all ages, based on state and local needs assessment and strategic planning.
In addition to the two federal grants described above, we are providing resources to communities that are working on substance abuse issues through a variety of initiatives. The section to the left that is labeled Alcohol Licensees describes Sticker Shock and the Responsible Beverage Service-Alcohol Server Courses, two programs targeted to those who sell alcohol. The section labeled Environmental Strategies describes different ways that local communities can work to reduce access to alcohol on the part of minors through public messages, changes to regulations, and enhanced enforcement activities. Finally, the section entitled Maine Meth Watch describes the issue of methamphetamine use and Maine laws that all communities should know about.