Partnerships for Success (PFS)
Further increasing the capacity and synergy of New Jersey’s substance abuse prevention community, New Jersey’s Division for Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) was granted a Partnerships for Success (PFS) grant in late 2013 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA CSAP), which is being largely implemented by the Rutgers PFS team and the 17 regional coalitions. The Rutgers PFS team was hired to lead the PFS initiatives at the state level, to participate in the federal evaluation, and conduct an evaluation of the community-level efforts. The coalitions will implement the community-level efforts and are required to participate in the federal PFS cross-site evaluation.
Required PFS substance abuse priorities being addressed by all grantees are:
- Underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20;
- Prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.
New Jersey is also focusing on substance use and abuse among:
- Adults age sixty and older;
- Returning military members, and;
- Tobacco use across all populations. In NJ, PFS subrecipients are receiving tobacco prevention technical assistance from the team at the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
PFS key projects at the state-level include:
1) A military veterans survey to assess substance abuse prevalence among this target population;
2) Development of a mobile application, called "Be the One," to further the environmental prevention strategies at the community-level;
3) Development of the NJ SEOW website;
4) Infographics to educate and inform the public on substance abuse issues in NJ and beyond;
5) An expanded survey of older adults to assess substance abuse prevalence and consequences of drug use; and
6) An update of DMHAS’ Chartbooks of Social and Health Indicators, used to identify health problems related to substance use and to aid in assessment of needs for services (NJ PFS Annual Performance Assessment and Coalition Process Evaluation, 2016).