Partnership For Success

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In May 2015 the Community Coalition for Family Wellness received SAMHSA’s Partnership for Success grant from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
The Partnership for Success grant is focused on reducing prescription drug and heroin abuse among 12 – 25 year olds.

The Coalition was selected to receive the funding because it has already been effectively addressing youth concerns and maintains strong partnerships with community leaders, organizations and residents. A needs assessment determined that the community and surrounding areas has concerning levels of opiate and heroin abuse, along with associated impacts such as possession and abuse, overdoses, trafficking and other criminal activity. 

This funding has allowed the coalition to hire staff who will specifically carry out the implementation of the project including needs assessment, identifying gaps in services, and developing evidence-based strategies to address the problem. 

Our Goals:

Social Marketing of 12-17 year olds and Parent Or Guardian Communication

A social ​norms campaign targeted at parents to increase the number of conversations between parents and older adolescents. By utilizing Talk2Prevent and the Combat Addiction (formerly Combat Heroin) tool kit, the campaign will focus on conversations about actual use rates and parental expectations and educating with our Super Power Your Parenting campaign. 

Driving While Ability Impaired and Drug Possession Enforcement

The Coalition will provide resources for Advanced Roadside Impairment Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training to a greater number of officers and create public service announcements highlighting that individuals under the influence of all substances can be identified and face consequences similar to a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) charge.  

Limiting Social Access of Prescription Medications in Persons 18-25

  1. Support take back programs by promoting the DEA drug take back programs. 
  2. Provide Deterra home drug destruction kits through pharmacies, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, churches, schools and additional partners as they become available.
  3. Provide drop boxes to potential partners willing to pay destruction costs after the grant ends. 
  4. Provide medical lock boxes to realtors, nursing homes or those with a private residence to block access to medications.
  5. Create a public awareness campaign to let people know about these services.