Florida Partnership for Success (PFS)
The Florida Partnerships For Success (PFS) is a grant program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with the objective to reduce substance misuse and strengthen prevention capacity at the state and community levels. The program aims to bring the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework to support the development and expansion of effective prevention services.
PFS is directed towards preventing the onset and reducing the progression of substance misuse, including underage alcohol consumption among Floridians ages 12-20; reducing prescription drug misuse among Floridians ages 12-25; and reducing the use of nonmedical opioids among Floridians ages 26 and older. The program enables substance abuse prevention systems to work with community partners and prevention-related resources to set and achieve measurable goals to reduce these prevention priorities. The Department’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program Office and SAMHSA provides technical support, training opportunities, and oversight for participating community substance abuse prevention coalitions.
Funding for the PFS project started in September of 2016 and will run through October of 2021. The counties involved include five urban counties (Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Manatee, and Palm Beach) and three rural counties (Franklin, Walton, and Washington). Activities through the grant include building prevention capacity and infrastructure for opioid overdose prevention and reversal; the implementation of an opioid prevention awareness campaign; care coordination pilot programs for overdose victims; enhancements to Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; development of local Drug Epidemiology Networks (DENs); Suicide and epidemiological analyses; and school-based prevention programming.
To obtain additional information about PFS, contact one of the PFS Coordinators.
Shelby Meaders, MPH
Partnerships For Success Grant Coordinator
Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
1317 Winewood Blvd., Bldg. 6, Room 255
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Lead Evaluator, Florida Partnerships for Success
Senior Social and Behavioral Researcher
Department of Child & Family Studies
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MHC 2418
Tampa, FL 33612-3807