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Our current Army National Guard Substance Abuse Prevention Program greatly expands the efforts supported by the National Guard Joint Counterdrug Program.  Our program addresses substance abuse issues across the entire substance abuse continuum, including prevention education and training activities, conducting treatment assessments, and assisting with referrals to an array of coordinated, leveraged treatment services.

Each services  is designed to help  reinforce a no-use zero tolerance message, to support a culture where drugs are viewed as incompatible with military service, and to ultimately enhance military readiness throughout the ARFORGEN deployment life cycle. This approach begins with awareness education and health communications designed to reinforce healthy decision making, extending beyond individual-based awareness training, including further education designed to change the culture and climate of  the community from a strictly punitive, disciplinary approach to that of a supportive help-seeking environment.

Training efforts target the full spectrum of individuals from full-time State-level support staff, to Commanders, unit leaders, and individual unit members. Training and education efforts include targeted approaches designed to reach selective populations that have been identified at greatest risk for substance abuse or other risk behaviors. Prevention education and training experiences are designed to create a positive change in individuals who participate in the training experience and work toward establishing a new peer group who return to the unit and reinforce positive behaviors among themselves and other members of the unit.

By generating increased awareness of the risk factors that contribute to substance abuse, as well as sharing the signs and symptoms of early substance abuse problems, including alcohol and tobacco use, service members are provided with information to make a self-assessment of their own risks and behaviors and increase the number of members who seek additional substance abuse services or treatment programs via a self-referral process. By increasing the number of self-referrals, the program decreases the number of service members who test positive for drug use and must be processed for separation.

With the Substance Abuse Treatment Initiative (SATI) pilot project,  ARNG has successfully leveraged the State-supported, federally-funded SAP and Treatment Block Grant-funded treatment programs within the State to prioritize access and payment of services for ARNG service members seeking prevention, intervention, or treatment services as the result of a self-referral, command referral, or positive drug tests.

Cape Fox continually monitors the ever changing medical landscape to anticipate and recognize evolving treatments and legislation. For instance the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act will greatly impact State substance abuse and mental health service system beginning in FY14. Our services are designed to be flexible and able to meet the changing requirement of the service systems as the Affordable Care Act is fully realized in every state across the Nation.