Coalición de Prevención y Acción Naranjiteña

2015-Present

The coalition was founded in 2014. COPAN services the municipality of Naranjito. The coalition was awarded a $125,000.00 Drug Free Communities Support Program FY 2015 grant by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of this coalition is to reduce substance abuse (alcohol and marijuana) among youth in the municipality of Naranjito and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in the community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Services: Design and implementation of the process and outcome evaluation of the Coalition.

Coalición para el Manejo y Prevención del Abuso de Sustancias 

2014-Present

The coalition was founded in 2011. COMPASS services the municipality of Sabana Grande. The coalition was awarded a $125,000.00 Drug Free Communities Support Program FY 2014 grant by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of this coalition is to reduce substance abuse (alcohol and marijuana) among youth in the municipality of Sabana Grande and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in the community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Services:  Design and implementation of the process and outcome evaluation of the Coalition.  

Dissemination of evidence based practices to build capacity for implementing and enforcing local underage drinking prevention programs

Office of the Commissioner of Municipal Affairs

2013-2015

The Office of the Commissioner of Municipal Affairs (OCAM, for its Spanish acronym) directed their funds from the Juvenile Office of Delinquency Prevention Federal agency- Enforcing Underagre Drinking Laws (EUDL) towards a partnership with CIES to create this funding stream as a strategy to strengthen the capacity of the state to enforce state laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and to prevent the purchase or consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. This will be accomplished through the promotion and enhancement of the evidence based practices (EBPs) digital database and the dissemination of EBPs. CIES’ collaboration with OCAM includes a team of researchers, evaluators and planners, with extensive experience working with EBPs, program design, development, evaluation, technical assistance, and capacity building. 

Services: In 2008, CIES launched the first EBPs digital database in Puerto Rico. This resource provides information regarding programs in several areas of prevention with scientific evidence. In 2013 the database was expanded to include 41 substance abuse prevention interventions at the individual/group level. Those interventions were included upon a review conducted by the Puerto Rico Evidence Based Workgroup of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant-SAMHSA funding. The database is at www.archivopbe.info. On first phase of the CIES/OCAM collaboration the EBPs digital database is being enhanced through the identification of substance abuse prevention interventions at the environmental level. On the second phase of the collaboration, stakeholders in several municipalities (Coamo, Salinas, Villalba and Orocovis) will participate in capacity building activities to get to know how to identify and select EBPs to address substance abuse prevention in their communities through the use of the EBPs digital database and other resources.