About Partnerships for Success

National Overview from SAMHSA

The Partnerships for Success (PFS) grant is a cooperative agreement through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). This grant program in designed to address two of the nation's top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.

The PFS grant program is also intended to bring SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to a national scale. These awards provide an opportunity for states, U.S. Territories, Pacific Jurisdictions and the District of Columbia and tribal entities that have completed a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) and are not currently receiving funding through SAMHSA's PFS grants to acquire additional resources to implement the SPF process at the state/tribal and community levels. Equally important, the PFS program promotes the alignment and leveraging of prevention resources and priorities at the federal, state, and community levels.

The PFS grant program builds upon the experience and established SPF-based prevention infrastructures of states/tribes to address two of the nation's top substance abuse prevention priorities in communities with high need. The grant is based on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state/tribal level. By working together to foster change, states/tribes and their PFS funding communities of high need can more effectively begin to overcome the challenges underlying their substance abuse prevention priorities and achieve the goals of the PFS grant program.

State Overview from IDPH

In September 2014, SAMHSA's CSAP awarded the State of Iowa through the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) an $8.13 million, five-year Partnerships for Success Grant. Iowa was awarded $1,626,000 per year for each of five years.

Key elements of the Iowa Partnerships for Success (IPFS) project are listed below:

  • The selected IPFS priority areas are 1) reducing underage alcohol use among those aged 12-20; and 2) reducing youth binge drinking for those aged 12-20.
  • IDPH and funded counties utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process.
  • Advisory Council to guide and provide project oversight at the state level.
  • Team of 5 Capacity Coaches selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide support through the SPF process to Project Coordinators in funded counties.
  • The training plan includes technical assistance and training services from the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) and experienced Capacity Coaches.
  • Funding is directed to 12 “highest need” counties identified through data indicators focusing on underage drinking and youth binge drinking through a competitive RFP process
  • Evaluation will be provided by the Iowa Department of Human Rights, Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning.