The Council received funding from the State of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction starting in 2016 to implement a series of evidence-based community programs and strategies. We anticipate the Partners for Success (PFS) grant extending through 2019.
Porter County Substance Abuse Senior Grant Manager Patti Lembcke is trained and certified to implement all facets of the grant. There is a mix of evidence –based programs and strategies that address risk and protective factors for youth ages 12 – 16 and young adult college age 17-25 years old. Underage drinking prevention targets alcohol abuse among ages 12-20 and prescription drug use for young adults 12-25.
The grant utilizes the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to access community needs, build capacity for prevention work, select evidence-based programs, practice and policies within the community, evaluate program efforts within a culturally competent framework, and focus continual efforts towards sustain efforts after the grant cycle. Data collected from focus groups throughout the county help access local conditions and determine preventive measures for underage drinking and prescription drug misuse/abuse.