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Future of Prevention Funding Lies in Broad, Public-Health Approach

Source: JoinTogether News Feature, 5/14/2010

Fueled in part by national healthcare reform, a quiet revolution is taking place in how the federal government conceives of prevention and funds preventive services, and the upshot could mean more money for programs that take a public-health approach to addiction and mental health problems and less for standalone programs that focus solely on alcohol and other drugs.

The healthcare reform bill passed by Congress includes a plan to spend $15 billion on disease prevention, and while many advocacy groups want that money to be spent on disease-specific interventions targeting problems like smoking and diabetes, others have called for using the money on broader community health initiatives.

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The report, Prevention of Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People, concluded that prevention of addiction and mental illness has been proven to be scientifically feasible, but said that only public-health approaches are demonstrably effective.

The report identified five proven approaches to prevention <<snip>> “The key to most of these approaches is to identify risks—biological, psychological, and social factors—that may increase a child’s risk of MEB disorders,” the report noted. “Some of these risks reside in specific characteristics of the individual or family environment (such as parental mental illness or substance abuse or serious family disruptions), but they also include social stresses such as poverty, violence, lack of safe schools, and lack of access to health care.”

Read the rest of the JoinTogether News Feature here.

For information regarding ongoing efforts related to unified prevention efforts in the state of Colorado, please see the Interagency Prevention Systems Project website.