Communities must have the capacity — that is, the resources and readiness — to support the prevention programs, policies, and strategies they choose to address the substance abuse problems they identified in their assessment. Programs, policies, and strategies that are well-supported are more likely to succeed.
Building capacity means taking a close look at assessment data, finding the gaps that lie therein, and developing an action plan to address those gaps.
Key components of capacity building include:
- Increasing the availability of fiscal, human, organizational, and other resources
- Raising awareness of substance abuse problems and readiness of stakeholders to address these problems
- Strengthening existing partnerships and/or identifying new opportunities for collaboration
- Developing and preparing the prevention workforce
From SPF: Step 2. Build Capacity by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.