Commission on Substance Abuse Awarded Florida Partnership for Success Funding

Natalie Horowitz
September 5, 2012

$837,000 to be invested in prevention programming over the next three years

United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Substance Abuse is one of only six coalitions across the state awarded funding for the Florida Partnership for Success (FPS) to be used for substance abuse prevention programming. The FPS is a grant program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

FPS is aimed at helping targeted communities reduce underage drinking and substance abuse-related problems through a public health approach to creating community-wide change. The program strengthens substance abuse prevention systems to work with community partners and prevention-related resources to set and achieve measurable goals to reduce substance abuse among youth.

The six partner communities of the grant include:  Duval, Orange, Pinellas, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward Counties. The communities’ first task is examining the conditions associated with underage drinking and developing comprehensive community action plans using evidence-based practices working with community coalitions including prevention providers. After the plans are completed, the implementation phase will begin.

The Major Program Goal is to achieve a 10 percentage point reduction across the targeted counties in the prevalence of 10–17 year olds that used alcohol in the 30 days prior to completing the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey. Secondary Measures include:  knowledge and awareness of local community consumption patterns and related consequences within the community, among students, faculty, staff, and other responsible community adults; perception of wrongfulness of underage alcohol consumption and binge drinking within the community, among students, faculty, staff and other responsible community adults; and perception of harm from underage alcohol consumption and binge drinking within the community among students, faculty, staff, and other responsible community adults.

For more information about substance abuse prevention efforts in Broward County, visit www.drugfreebroward.org.

About United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Substance Abuse
The United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Substance Abuse (UWBCCSA) is a broad-based substance use/abuse coalition dedicated to preventing and reducing substance use/abuse and all its devastating consequences on individuals, families and communities. For more information, visit www.drugfreebroward.org.

About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 70 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of education, income and health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org.

 

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