Avery County was one of ten communities in North Carolina selected to receive a Partnership for Success (PFS) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Over the next four years, dedicated staff in Avery County will focus on preventing the onset and progression of underage alcohol use and e-cigarette use/vaping.
The PFS grant is managed by the Division of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services (DMHDDSAS) in collaboration with Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC). Addressing health disparities at the community scale is also a central component of the work of this grant.
To ensure positive outcomes, the selected communities will be working with various local and state partners to collaborate in data collection to identify the underlying causes of substance use and planning interventions to decrease related consequences.
SAMHSA has identified school systems, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, civic organizations, local government, parents, youth, etc as instrumental partners.
Western Youth Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving a five-county region in the High Country of North Carolina. For nearly 35 years, WYN has been providing youth and communities with safety, skills, and support through the implementation of evidence-based programs and services. WYN currently implements after-school and summer programming, mentoring, high school advocacy, and community health initiatives.