In January 2012, the Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services awarded grants to 17 regionally-based prevention coalitions around the state of New Jersey, with the goal of implementing the SPF model statewide. This initiative of DMHAS to fund regionally-based coalitions further develops and supports New Jersey's data-driven alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention infrastructure. As a result of the work of the DMHAS Prevention Strategic Planning committee, which was convened in August 2010 to update the state’s strategic plan, the prevention priorities for New Jersey were refined to include a focus on reduced underage drinking, reduced use of illegal substances, with a special focus on the use of opioids among young adults 18-25 years of age, reduced prescription medication misuse across the lifespan, and reduced use of new and emerging drugs of abuse across the lifespan.
This current initiative with the 17 regionally-based prevention coalitions is intended to strengthen the capacity of New Jersey to implement the SPF model and reduce the harmful consequences associated with ATOD use and abuse in New Jersey’s communities by creating policy and other environmental changes that can result in sustainable improvements in the conditions that cause ATOD use and its harmful consequences. The NJ Coalitions are supported by the New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN), who provide them with training, monitoring, and evaluation.