Prevention is the cornerstone of SERAC’s work. We aim to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors that are associated with the development of co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse, mental health, and problem gambling.
The primary framework that guides our work is the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The SPF model includes the following 5 elements:
- Assessment: Identifying community needs through both quantitative and qualitative processes.
- Capacity: Mobilizing key partners to build knowledge and leadership to address community needs.
- Planning: Developing strategic and action plans that are aligned at the local, regional, state, and national.
- Implementation: The use of evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices.
- Evaluation: Measuring the impact and effectiveness.
Cultural competency and sustainability are embedded at every stage in the Strategic Prevention Framework.