Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency

The mission of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA) is to reduce the impact of substance abuse in Nevada.

  • Statewide formulation and implementation of a state plan for prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery of substance abuse.
  • Statewide coordination and implementation of state and federal funding for alcohol and drug abuse programs.
  • Statewide development and publication of standards for certification and the authority to certify treatment levels of care and prevention programs.

SAPTA works to reduce the impact of substance abuse in Nevada. This is accomplished through the identification of the alcohol and drug abuse needs of Nevadans and by supporting a continuum of services including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support. SAPTA provides regulatory oversight and funding for community-based public and nonprofit organizations. The Agency is also responsible for the development and implementation of a state plan for prevention and treatment, coordination of state and federal funding, and development of standards for the certification of prevention and treatment programs. The Agency is a part of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health that serves as the Single State Authority (SSA) for the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant. SAPTA provides substance abuse prevention or treatment services via a competitive process to non-profit service providers and governmental organizations. In federal fiscal year 2014, Nevada will receive over $13.7 million from the SAPT Block Grant, and by federal requirement, 20% of the block grant is allocated to prevention programming and 75% is allocated to treatment programming. The other 5% is allocated to administrative services to manage these funds.


Substance Abuse Prevention Programs:

In state fiscal year 2014, SAPTA is funding 12 community-based coalitions and one statewide coalition serving all 17 Nevada counties. Additionally SAPTA funds 4 administrative programs, including the Nevada Prevention Resource Center which is the statewide clearinghouse for prevention information.

The coalitions use the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Five Step Model to create their Comprehensive Community Prevention Plans which are updated every three years using available current community-based data. The SPF was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is built on science-theory, evidence-based practices, and the knowledge that effective prevention programs must engage individuals,  families, and entire communities. The process involves building infrastructure and mobilization within a geographic area.

An essential aspect of the Five Step Model requires convening key stakeholders,
service providers and citizens to plan and implement sustainable prevention efforts.

Sub-grantees are funded to provide one or more of the six Center for Substance Abuse
Prevention (CSAP) prevention strategies. The six strategies include: information
dissemination, prevention education, alternative activities, problem identification and
referral, community-based processes and environmental strategies. The coalitions must
also choose at least one of the data-driven and identified SAPTA priorities.

In state fiscal year 2013, the coalitions managed 63 direct service providers who served
25,941* participants with funds from various grants. The State Methamphetamine
Education and Awareness Funds have resulted in numerous environmental strategies,
including the statewide "Most of Us Media Campaign" reaching estimates in the
millions. From the “Most of Us Media Campaign,” the “I am One of Many Campaign”
evolved. Additionally, the Nevada Statewide Coalition Partnership held a Drug Summit
attended by all of the substance abuse prevention coalitions as well as youth coalitions,
treatment providers, and law enforcement throughout the state.

In state fiscal year 2013, SAPTA unveiled the Nevada State Epidemiological Outcomes
Workgroup Online Data System. Through this website, users can view charts and maps
of indicators that will be useful for planning and evaluating substance abuse prevention

*This is a preliminary number, as there are currently 62 Session Activity Detail records
that have not been completed.

Treatment Admission Priority:

Treatment admission prioritization for all programs receiving Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) funds, except for Civil Protective Custody Services, must be conducted in the following order:

     a. Pregnant injection drug users

     b. Pregnant substance abusers

     c. Non-pregnant injection drug users

     d. All others

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs:

In state fiscal year 2013, SAPTA funded 22 treatment organizations providing services
in 68 locations throughout Nevada. Together, these providers had 11,907 treatment
admissions. Services consist of intervention, comprehensive evaluation, detoxification,
residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and transitional housing services for adults
and adolescents, and opioid maintenance treatment for adults. Providers give
admission priority to pregnant women, injection drug users, and provide counseling and
education regarding HIV/TB, risks of sharing needles, and risks of sexual behavior while
under the influence of mood altering drugs. Additionally, SAPTA funded four
organizations providing TB/HIV testing services in State Fiscal year 2013.

In state fiscal year 2013, SAPTA supported services including 2,162 detoxification
admissions, 2,205 residential treatment admissions, 6,259 outpatient, and 1,281
intensive outpatient admissions. Adolescents accounted for 9.6% of total admissions.
There were 1,077 individuals needing treatment that had to wait for admission an
average of 17 days.


SAPTA Quick Contact

Phone: 775-684-4190
Fax: 775-684-4185
Phone: 702-486-8250
Fax: 702-486-8253