As part of the Partnerships for Success grant, SAFE and Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services Prevention Services have officially released the final needs assessment report and the final needs assessment highlights report. The needs assessment was used to plan and being to implement strategies to prevent heroin use and prescription drug misuse and abuse among 12 to 25 year olds in the County of Chesterfield, Virginia, utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework.
The Partnerships for Success project is funded by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Office of Behavioral Health Wellness through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SAFE and Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services are have just entered Year Three of the Partnerships for Success grant from SAMHSA. The two years were dedicated to the needs assessment and capacity building processes, and the strategic planning process, within the coalition.
Year Three is all about implementation! Our current strategies are focused on education and awareness, school-based initiatives and safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs:
We have begun to implement evidence-based environmental substance abuse strategies to reduce and prevent opioid use and heroin use, overdoses and death for 12 – 25 year olds in Chesterfield County. The Virginia Opioid Prevention Treatment-Recovery grant is also providing funding for us to be able to implement strategies related to the safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs, including the “Don’t be an accidental drug dealer” community campaign.
Don’t be an accidental drug dealer…
61% of people ages 12 and older who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend or family member. Visit chesterfield.gov/health/ to find out where you can get a free drug-deactivation pouch to safely dispose of your prescription medications.
We have formed a strong team of dedicated partners, including representatives from Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services Prevention Services, Adult Substance Abuse, and Adolescent Substance Abuse departments; Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights juvenile and adult drug courts; Chesterfield County Juvenile Detention; Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development; Child Protective Services; Chesterfield County Jail; Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court; Chesterfield Police Department Special Investigations Division Vice and Narcotics; and Chesterfield County Public Schools Counseling.
If you wish to participate in the Partnerships for Success grant, please reference the SAFE Opioid and Heroin Prevention Task Force page to see how you can get involved with us in this important effort!