Bristol Eliminating Substance Abuse Together (B.E.S.T.-4-Bristol) began in the early 1990s as the Bristol Youth Prevention Council.
In September of 2016 we were awarded Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC), a five to ten year federal grant of $125,000 per year.
Since that time the coalition has been engaging and collaborating with all sectors of the community to deliver substance abuse prevention services.
B.E.S.T.-4-Bristol is a Prevention Coalition that works toward unifying the community to promote wellness in our culture through increasing education, implementing strategies and enforcing policy to prevent substance abuse by youth and those who impact their development.
Developing a culture of awareness and sustained action that will promote positive youth development and a healthier community.
How we do it
All of the prevention work that B.E.S.T.-4-Bristol does is guided by a model that is grounded in science and effective at reducing youth substance use. The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a planning process for preventing substance use that is utilized by coalitions all around the world.
The five steps of the SPF offers community coalitions a comprehensive process for addressing substance use issues. The effectiveness of this model begins with a clear understanding of community needs and involves community members in all stages of the planning process.