Introduction to the IPAC
The Interagency Prevention Advisory Council (IPAC) is a state-level, multi-agency council formed in 2002 working to prevent and reduce both substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health (MH) conditions. The IPAC’s collaborative SUD and MH prevention efforts are directed at leveraging limited financial and human resources to address these issues and contribute to the health and well-being of California’s citizens, especially its youth populations. IPAC’s approach extends prevention efforts beyond those of a single agency and contributes to the expansion of statewide prevention capacity. The IPAC provides a unique forum and mechanism to concentrate efforts on current prevention priorities as well as the opportunity to “get in front of” emerging issues while minimizing duplication of effort or resources.
Mission: The IPAC mission is to reduce the social and economic impact of adverse and chronic substance abuse and behavioral health concerns by advancing community wellness through statewide leadership efforts to establish prevention priorities and adopt common goals that mutually benefit member agencies’ efforts.
Based on IPAC members’ input regarding their strategic SUD and MH efforts, and California’s behavioral health indicators, the IPAC’s prevention priorities were initially summarized into six broad domains that formed the basis for its workgroups. The purpose of this webpage is to present workgroup resources and make them available to the field.
IPAC Workgroups: Workgroups have defined the scope of their efforts, and have developed logic models and work plans that identify short-, mid-, and long-range outcomes. Click on any of the below workgroups to view available resources:
> Underage Alcohol Use
> Underage Marijuana Use
> Access to Care
Strategic Partnering Opportunities: Rather than duplicating existing efforts, strategic partnerships serve as a bridge between IPAC members’ activities and existing statewide projects.