Welcome to the “unofficial” website for the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. The Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) is part of the Behavioral Heath Services Division with the New Mexico Human Services Department. This site will provide information on OSAP programs relating to the past, present and future by including past documents, posting necessary documents (including evaluation), and providing a calendar and notices for upcoming events.
The OSAP establishes an integrated and comprehensive substance abuse prevention services delivery system through the promotion of sound policy, effective practice and cooperative partnerships to ensure the availability of quality prevention. It is committed to the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs and infrastructure development activities. The OSAP provides the infrastructure and other necessary support to local stakeholders in selecting and implementing policies, programs, and practices proven to be effective in research settings and communities.
The OSAP is dedicated to improving and maximizing the impact of New Mexico's substance abuse prevention system. To this end, OSAP seeks to build the capacity of the state's local prevention providers to deliver effective prevention services aimed at reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.
State Level Prevention Efforts
In addition to community-based prevention work, OSAP coordinates state-level partnerships that support and contribute to the work at the local level. Effective, aligned substance abuse prevention initiatives can minimize problem behaviors and prevent a host of other public health, education and social problems. Two of the most important partnerships OSAP coordinates are the Statewide Epidemiological and Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) and the Prevention Policy Consortium (PPC).
Statewide Epidemiological and Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW):
The vision of the NM Statewide Epidemiological and Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) is that data and products produced by the SEOW will be utilized to expand data-driven decision making and collaboration that support community level outcomes related to behavioral health. The mission of the SEOW is to provide strategic guidance to the state and communities on using assessment and epidemiological data and to direct broad, public prioritization processes based on: severity, burden, trends, preventability/changeability, capacity/resources, need, readiness, political will and public concern.
Committees and products:
- SEOW meets monthly, comprised of members of state agencies (DOH, CYFD, DWI, BHSD, OSAP, TSB, etc.)
- Four Evidence-Based Practices Workgroups: Prescription Drug Abuse, Suicide Prevention, Needs Among the Elderly, and Problem ID & Referral
- Development of annual State Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile
- Development of Substance Abuse Epidemiology County Profiles
- 8 Data Roundtables held to train on accessing and using data for strategic planning and grant writing: 4 in regional areas (Albuquerque, Espanola, Roswell, and Las Cruces) and 4 in Tribal areas (Navajo Nation, Laguna Pueblo, Five Sandoval, and Eight Northern Pueblos)
Prevention Policy Consortium (PPC):
The Prevention Policy Consortium is a collaboration of state agencies that fund prevention activities throughout the state. The group aims to increase the state’s capacity and meet gaps in the current prevention system by leveraging resources and supporting evidence-based practices, quality improvement, cultural competence, and training and technical assistance efforts.
Committees and products:
- PPC meets monthly, comprised of members of state agencies (DOH, CYFD, DWI, BHSD, OSAP, TSB, etc.)
- Five-Year Behavioral Health Promotion & Prevention Plan
- Four strategic planning workgroups: Data Collection & Analysis, Training & Technical Assistance, Performance Monitoring & Evaluation, and Coordination of Services
- Behavioral Health portal in the Department of Health’s Indicator Based Information System
- Yearly YRRS Highlight Reports for middle and high school
- Development of online prevention training system to expand access for providers