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Partnership for Success (PFS)

The purpose of the Partnership for Success (PFS) grant is to address substance misuse among youth in the southeast portion of the State of Missouri, specifically concentrating on prescription drug misuse and underage drinking of those ages 12 to 18 years of age.

PFS will work to decrease both underage drinking and prescription drug misuse through understanding the unique risk factors and behaviors in each of the communities served. While building relationships in each community, we will gain a better understanding of the specific needs. Currently, the PRC has begun to implement several evidence-based strategies through PFS with plans to carry out more in the future.

The "Be Under Your Own Influence" media campaign promotes positive lifestyle choices for teens. The strategy will target areas in which youth gather, utilizing billboards, and in movie theaters.  Please visit for more information regarding this media campaign.

Alcohol compliance checks are being conducted regularly throughout Service Area 21. In conjunction with alcohol compliance checks, SMART (State of Missouri Alcohol Responsibility Training) is being offered to those participating and is available to anyone in the State of Missouri

Partnerships have been created to educate community members on properly disposing of unused prescription medications.  Drug deactivation pouches and local drop boxes are both solutions for proper disposal.  These pouches provide a safe and environmentally friendly method to dispose of unused medications in the home as well as help to deter/prevent misuse of prescription medication.  PFS is currently working to distribute drug deactivation pouches in all counties served.  More information on drop boxes in your community can be found here.

A Framework of Developmental Assets, released by Search Institute many years ago, has become one of the most widely used approaches in youth development.  A focal point of PFS involves the Framework of Developmental Assets, largely due to the lasting success it has held over the years.  Many partnerships have been built in which ‘Developmental Asset’ materials are dispersed throughout the community. To learn more about Developmental Assets, please click on the link above.  If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for youth or adults who are mentors, teachers, parents, volunteers or youth leaders, please contact Cassandra.   

Evidence-based programming has been proven to positively impact youth. These programs enhance protective factors, educate about substance misuse, and work to decrease risk factors. We are striving to implement evidence-based programming into Service Area 21 schools.

For more information about programs through PFS, please contact Cassandra Talley, Project Coordinator at 573.986.4955 or


Office: Parker 204/205
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

Funded by Department of Mental Health: Division of Behavioral Health