Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services


2014 Service to Science Initiative

Call for Nominations - 2014 Service to Science Initiative

NYS OASAS is seeking innovative substance abuse prevention programs and practices to nominate for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) 2014 Service to Science (STS) Initiative.

STS is a national initiative dedicated to enhancing the evaluation capacity of innovative programs and practices that aim to prevent substance abuse and related mental/behavioral health problems or the underlying factors associated with increased risk.

Nominated programs must focus on substance abuse prevention.

In order to participate in this initiative, programs must be nominated by the Commissioner of OASAS (or her designee), and must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Address local substance abuse needs as identified through a local needs assessment;
  • Deliver new approaches distinguished by their creativity, originality, and utility, or can be existing EBPs that have been significantly adapted for specific population groups for which they have not been previously tested;
  • Be able to commit the time and effort needed to enhance the program’s evaluation capacity;
  • Have a funding level sufficient to operate the program for at least one year;
  • Not have been a past STS awardee.

Programs interested in being considered for nomination for this initiative should email the following information to by COB July 18, 2013:

  • Agency name;
  • Program/practice name;
  • Contact person name and contact information (including email address);
  • A brief (one page) summary of the program/practice that includes:
    • the assessed need for program;
    • the target population;
    • IOM level (Universal, Selected, Indicated);
    • the number of years/months that the program has been delivered;
    • the specific substance use and/or risk and protective factor outcomes to be achieved by the program;
    • whether any evaluation data has already been collected.

For specific details on SAMHSA’s eligibility criteria and general information on the STS Initiative, please read the SAMHSA STS Starter Guide