S-CAP Model & the Strategic Prevention Framework

The ACDC and associated Strategic Community-Academic Partnership (S-CAP) model is grounded in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s handbook. The SPF is a prevention model developed by SAMHSA that emphasizes seven primary steps for creating effective interventions to address substance misuse in local communities. These steps are: (1) Assessment; (2) Capacity; (3) Planning; (4) Implementation; (5) Evaluation; (6) Cultural Competence; and (7) Sustainability. The SPF is also rooted in ecological theory which identifies communities as interconnected systems that need to be addressed holistically and strategically to sufficiently prevent or reduce community substance misuse problems. The CADCA handbook, which also emphasizes using SPF processes, highlights coalition activities such as community outreach, raising awareness, and coalition branding and promotion as critical components of effective coalition work.