MHSA Interventions by Impact - Goal 2.2

Goal 2.2: Prevent and reduce occurrence of mental emotional and behavioral disorders among youth and adults
NOTE: Mental Emotional Behavioral (MEB) disorder prevention includes substance abuse prevention and other MEB disorder prevention.
Levels of Health Impact Pyramid * Interventions
Counseling and Education
  • Understand evidence-based practices for MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention. Look for opportunities when these might apply.
  • Promote evidence-based curriculums in school settings.
Clinical Interventions
  • Practice appropriate evidence-based preventive strategies for settings in such as home visiting programs.
  • Implement trauma-informed policies and practices to ensure that the person is treated with respect and in a way that promote healing and recovery.
Long-Lasting Protective Interventions
  • Establish reporting and advertising policies that do not glamorize alcohol and substance abuse or stigmatize MEB disorders.
  • Offer resources to social support, resiliency training, problem-solving skills to individuals and their networks.
Changing the Context to Make Individuals' Decisions Healthy
  • Consider evidence-based strategies to reduce underage drinking, such as those promulgated by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Socioeconomic Factors
  • Advocate for addressing the common protective factors, such as poverty and exposure to violence and protective factors, such as parent engagement and social connectedness.

* Frieden T., "A Framework for Public Health Action: The Health Impact Pyramid". American Journal of Public Health. 2010; 100(4): 590-595

Note: The Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 has been extended to 2018 to align its timeline with other state and federal health care reform initiatives.

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