National Coordination

Learn about our national coordination "SAFE takes" addressing the prevention of opioid use and how to reduce substance-use stigma.

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RECOMMENDATIONS S.A.F.E. TAKE
Commission #1:  Congress and the Administration should increase block grant funding for opioid-related and substance use disorder (SUD)-related activities in the states.

 

STATUS 

Good, but Not Enough

 

Increased funding to states and communities is a great first step, but should be paired with a national strategy focusing on bold ideas, promising practices, and evidence-based youth prevention efforts.
RECOMMENDATIONS S.A.F.E. TAKE

Commission #2: The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), through support from Health & Human Services and the Department of Justice, should establish a coordinated system for tracking all federally-funded initiatives.

NGA: Congress and the Administration should increase federal funding to states for SUD related activities, streamline the grant process (extend duration), and increase flexibility in grants/funding.

STATUS 

Warning, Caution Ahead

 

Tracking the effectiveness of grants made by the Federal Government is an important accountability measure. An increase in grants should go along with an effort to make grants more flexible. States and individual recipients still struggle to meet overburdensome reporting requirements, while new actors in the field struggle to understand the grant-making process. There is an influx of money, but efficacy, coordination and tracking are to be determined.
RECOMMENDATIONS S.A.F.E. TAKE
Commission #3: Congress should fund implementation of ONDCP review for every federal program and mandate federal and state cooperation.

 

STATUS 

Some Coordination

 

Inter-agency task forces are a great way to accelerate progress on initiatives important to the Administration, but must be paired with the resources and accountability to drive action. ONDCP is a natural office to lead an inter-agency task force and should receive the resources and legitimacy to facilitate a review process. While ONDCP does coordinate federal agency actions, it does not have the funding and resources to do reviews at the suggested level. Reviews of federal programs should be based on measures appropriate to the program area; prevention and treatment programs must be evaluated by different criteria.