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Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Offers Free Decision Support System (DSS) to Assist Research Aspects of Programs

3/23/2001:   Free web-based assistance and resources for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs are now available for state systems and community-based agencies. These resources can be invaluable, not only in establishing service programs but also in documenting success when applying for grants and other funding.

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has developed the Decision Support System (DSS) to promote scientific methods and programs for use within communities and state substance abuse prevention systems.

The website, http://www.preventiondss.org, will connect its users to decision-making resources and hard-to-find information, while enabling them to bring the best of prevention science into practice. It offers a logic model, step-by-step online procedures, tutorials, and other resources for online technical assistance and training.

Although the text refers only to substance abuse prevention, the system is applicable to any prevention and intervention effort. The state DSS page includes special software for collecting and managing information about substance abuse block grant programs. By registering on the site, agencies can save their DSS work for later use and establish a page to track information on different projects or on the same project at different times.

This website also includes links to other CSAP pages, programs, and initiatives, many related to children, youth, and families; to the National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI); and to other federal programs.

Content contributed by Heather Banks, Editor

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