Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention


Community Partnership’s roots lie in efforts to prevent substance abuse and violence. While we understand attitudes and behaviors leading to these problems have evolved over a long period of time, we also know that it doesn’t have to stay that way. There are many dedicated people in Southwest Missouri working to improve our communities through prevention efforts. Community Partnership’s Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Division is dedicated to helping decrease substance abuse and violence problems while improving the quality of life for youth and adults in our communities.

The task may seem daunting, as substance abuse and violence can negatively affect one’s life in many ways, such as:

  • reducing the chances of having success in school
  • delaying the development of the social and emotional skills needed to establish and maintain healthy relationships
  • detrimental impact on both physical and mental health
  • hindering one from being a productive member of society.

However, working together with hundreds of like-minded volunteers and organizations across a 21 county service area in Southwest Missouri, Community Partnership is not only helping communities take a stand against substance abuse and violence, but also helping them create an environment where youth and adults have greater opportunities to reach their full potential in life.

While Community Partnership’s SAVP Division has a rich history of implementing and collaborating on successful substance abuse and violence prevention initiatives through various grants, contracts, and other projects, most of the Division’s current prevention efforts fall under the Regional Support Center and SPIRIT programs. The Ozarks Fighting Back Advisory Board (OFB) provides oversight and support to all SAVP programs.

The SAVP Division helps communities stay focused and moving towards their prevention goals by investing time and effort into utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). This framework utilizes a five-step process that helps move towards a vision of communities free of consequences from substance abuse and violence. For more information on SPF, click here.