The Office of Prevention Services is responsible for technical assistance, training, and support to local and statewide alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention programs.
Goals of substance use prevention services include preventing the onset of substance use, preventing substance abuse and related consequences, building effective partnerships both at the state and local levels, and creating healthy communities.
Effective substance use prevention programs must be theory based in research and best practices, carefully planned, well executed, and continuously evaluated as to process and outcomes.
Division funded prevention services are provided through approximately 60 contracts with community based organizations. All contracted providers must be chartered as not-for-profit organizations or local government entities. Providers of Intensive Focus Prevention Services must be licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.