Partners in Prevention is Missouri's higher education substance abuse consortium dedicated to creating healthy and safe college campuses. The coalition is comprised of 21 public and private college and university campuses across the state. Campus judicial officials, law enforcement, and campus prevention professionals are encouraged to take part in both their local coalition efforts and the statewide Partners in Prevention coalition. The unique composition brings together different perspectives on health promotion and prevention efforts. Since the beginning of our coalition 12 years ago, we have focused on preventing high-risk and underage drinking among Missouri's college students and addressing other problematic health behaviors such as high risk driving behaviors and problem gambling. In addition, we also provide support and services to campuses across the state to prevent suicide on campus and support positive mental health among college students. Members of the Partners in Prevention coalition meet monthly for training and network opportunities and host a statewide prevention conference each spring called Meeting of the Minds.
Each college and university involved with PIP is required to write and implement a strategic plan for prevention in order to decrease problematic health and safety behaviors on campus and in their community. Funding is provided to each campus affiliated with the PIP coalition. To identify progress of their goals, and to obtain data for program implementation, each campus implements the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS), an annual, online survey implemented each spring semester since 2007.Member Institutions:
Partners in Prevention’s mission is to create a campus, city, and state environment that supports positive health and safety behaviors by the college students who attend higher education institutions in the state of Missouri. Since 2000, PIP's primary focus is on decreasing at-risk drinking by students on Missouri's college and university campuses. Since its founding, PIP has provided training and networking to its members through monthly meetings, assisted in developing a campus-community coalition on each member campus, annual evaluation of alcohol and drug use behaviors and related consequences, and drive-in workshops and conferences. Each campus in Missouri Partners in Prevention writes an annual strategic plan for prevention, guided by data, to identify those problems and strategies most relevant for their campus communities.
In addition to PIP’s work with high risk drinking, Partners in Prevention also provides technical assistance and support to campuses on issues such as underage drinking, suicide prevention and college student mental health, safe driving behaviors, problem gambling, and tobacco cessation and prevention.
Partners in Prevention is funded by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse with additional funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division, the Missouri Department of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Project, SAMSHA’s Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention program, the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Training Program.
|Bars, restaurants and nightclubs participating in CHEERS provide FREE non-alcoholic beverages to the acknowledged designated driver in a group of two or more. Click here to learn more!|
|PIP member campuses and the Missouri Department of Transportation are driven to help Missouri's college students Drive Safe Drive Smart. Click here to learn more!|
|The State of Missouri Alcohol Responsibility Training (SMART) program is an interactive, web-based course available free of charge to those who own or work for any Missouri establishment licensed to sell alcohol. Click here to learn more!|
|The Student Alcohol Responsibility Training (START) program assists students in planning and hosting a successful, fun, and safe event of any kind. Click here to learn more!|
|It is important for people to understand that gambling is not a risk-free activity and that it is becoming increasingly important to learn risk factors, warning signs and strategies to protect yourself or someone you care about. Click here to learn more!|
|Suicide Prevention Resources is an online network committed to suicide prevention on Missouri's public school campuses. Click here to learn more!|
|Ask Listen Refer is an online suicide prevention training tool that takes about 20 minutes to complete. The program addresses the need to educate students, faculty, staff, and parents about suicide prevention, and also addresses the need to have suicide prevention resources in an online format. The goal of this program is to educate students, faculty and staff on how to ASK is someone is thinking about suicide, LISTEN to their response and REFER them to a professional. Click here to learn more!|
Mission of Partners In Prevention
To create a campus, city and state environment that supports good decision making in regards to alcohol by the college students who attend the higher education institutions in the State of Missouri.
To create a state-wide coalition of public institutions of higher education in Missouri and relevant state agencies (the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Missouri Department of Liquor Control and the Missouri Division of Highway Safety) to Collaboratively develop strategies for reducing and preventing high-risk drinking among Missouri college students. The goals are as follows:
In 2009 Partners in Prevention was the recipient of CADCA's 2009 Got Outcomes! Coalition of Excellence Award, winning in the Coalition in Focus category, which recognizes coalitions that demonstrate contributions to communitywide declines for one substance-related issue. See the feature story here: http://www.cadca.org/resources/detail/got-outcomes-feature-missouri-partners-preventionIn 2008, the National Prevention Network recognized the work of Partners in Prevention with the 2008 National Exemplary Award for Innovative in Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies. For more about the National Prevention Network, click here. http://swpc.ou.edu/npn/