Colorado Strategic Prevention Framework, Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS)

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health was awarded a discretionary grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) for the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS), a five year award (September 30, 2014  to September 29, 2019) with a funding amount $8,130,000.00 ($1,626,000.00 per year). SPF-PGS is aimed at addressing 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.  In addition, Colorado will also address underage marijuana use among persons aged 12-20.
The Colorado SPF-PFS focus is on underage alcohol use among youth ages 12-20, prescription drug misuse/abuse among youth ages 12-17 and young adults ages 18-25 and underage marijuana use ages 12-20.  Colorado has a relatively young population, with 24.4% of its population under the age of 18. There are 67 counties in Colorado where 24 are designated as rural and another 23 as frontier. The majority of Colorado’s population (86%) lives in the 17 urban counties. Colorado SPF-PFS funds support six high need areas:
  • Denver
  • Larimer
  • Pueblo
  • Adams
  • Arapahoe
  • Douglas
These six counties are larger counties or multi-county areas in the state, representing a significant portion of the population. All six of the targeted areas of the state are High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and among the most populous counties in the state. Relatively few prevention resources have been available to these high need communities.
Working with the six prioritized communities of high need, the state will have a significant impact on use of these substances among targeted age groups by:
  • Reducing, preventing the onset, and limiting the progression of alcohol use (12-20), prescription drug misuse/abuse (12-25), and marijuana use (12-20) among youth and young adults. 
  • Strengthening capacity and infrastructure at State and community levels to support the prevention of alcohol use, prescription drug misuse/abuse and marijuana use among youth (12-17) and young adults (18-25), including capacity and infrastructure (State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, State Advisory Prevention Council, Evidence-Based Programs, Policies, and Practices Workgroup) to address behavioral health disparities and deliver evidence-based programs, policies and practices that build emotional health and thereby prevent the onset of symptoms and complications from substance abuse and mental illness. 
  • Leveraging, redirecting and realigning statewide funding streams for alcohol, prescription drug and marijuana prevention for youth (12-17) and young adults (18-25). Core to the state’s project approach is the establishment of state-local partnerships and the provision of community-based training and technical assistance. Colorado SPF-PFS anticipates reaching nearly 65% of Colorado’s population or an estimated 3,408,633 residents annually through environmental strategies to be implemented in partnership with the participating eight communities.  

Program Contact

Sharon Liu, Community Prevention Programs Manager
Office of Behavioral Health | 303.866.7507