RD711 - Virginia Office for Substance Abuse Prevention 2021 Annual Report
The Virginia Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (VOSAP), operating as the VOSAP Collaborative, is pleased to report on substance abuse prevention efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VOSAP member agencies represent four Secretariats including: Education, Health and Human Resources, Public Safety and Homeland Security, and Transportation. External to state government, VOSAP partners with community coalitions and other organizations that promote health, safety and wellness within the Commonwealth.
The VOSAP Collaborative promotes and supports data-driven prevention planning, evidence-based prevention programming, capacity development and formal data-driven evaluation. The VOSAP Collaborative serves as the Advisory Committee for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partnership for Success Grant administered through Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS) Office of Behavioral Health Wellness as well as the Prevention Workgroup for Governor Northam’s Opioid and Addiction Initiatives.
During meetings of the VOSAP Collaborative, representatives from 12 agencies and organizations reported on individual and joint projects related to prevention and identified ways to further support their shared mission to promote health and safety in the Commonwealth. In 2021, particular attention was paid to the legalization of recreational marijuana use and to the continued adjustment of prevention strategies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.