Resource Library

Search our resource library to access a wealth of information to support your substance misuse prevention efforts. Use the drop down menus to search by resource type and/or prevention topic, or type a keyword into the search bar. New resources added regularly!

Resource Title Description Resource Type
Advocating for Change

This toolkit supports planning for advocacy efforts and responding to opposition.

Alcohol Awareness Toolkit

The Alcohol Awareness Toolkit seeks to do the following:

  • Raise awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of strong alcohol policies using memes, and
  • Encourage engagement from prevention and public health stakeholders to strategically educate and inform decision makers about effective alcohol policies by providing easy-to-personalize, templated opinion editorials, letters to legislators and proclamations.
Alcohol Policy and Use in 2023: An Update (New England PTTC - HHS Region 1)

The alcohol marketplace is changing quickly, from direct shipment and third-party delivery services to cocktails to-go and curbside pickup, requiring enforcement, prevention, and public health stakeholders to react with creative solutions and strategies to regulate and enforce this new environment. This webinar will review the current alcohol policy landscape and alcohol consumption trends and how both have changed during the Covid-19 pandemic and discuss effective strategies that work to prevent alcohol-related harm with a spotlight on one state’s efforts to track and monitor the alcohol home delivery environment. 

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
An Annotated Bibliography of Measurement Compendia

This annotated bibliography provides links to online compilations of reliable, valid, and standard measures of behavioral health indicators and outcomes.

Analyzing Community Problems and Designing and Adapting Community Interventions

Information about analyzing community problems to design, choose, and adapt interventions for different cultures and communities.

Analyzing Problems and Goals

This toolkit helps in analyzing personal and environmental factors that influence the problem to be addressed.

Assessing Community Needs and Resources

This toolkit provides guidance for conducting assessments of community needs and resources.

Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with HOPE

Provides an overview on how ACEs can be overcome with positive childhood development for long-lasting impact.

Beyond the Numbers: Incorporating Community Voice Through Qualitative Data

This publication provides an overview of qualitative data – how it can be used as a valid and reliable data collection process, how a coalition can engage in several qualitative data collection methodologies, and how to utilize qualitative data in all phases of the coalition problem-solving process as informed by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process. Additionally, this publication discusses how coalitions should update their qualitative data to continually inform problem analysis, strategy selection and implementation as well as replicate qualitative data collection to measure success.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is a project within the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. We identify, recommend, and disseminate programs for youth, families and communities that, based on scientific evaluations, have strong evidence of effectiveness. The Blueprints mission is to provide a registry of evidence-based interventions that are effective in reducing antisocial behavior and promoting a healthy course of youth development and adult maturity.

Bringing Facilitative Leadership for Social Change to Virtual Work Webinar Recordings

Have COVID-19 and social distancing thrown you into the unfamiliar world of virtual meetings as the only way to connect? While there are plenty of tips and tricks circulating about how to make your virtual meetings more effective, this webinar will teach you how to make them more equitable by leading with love, nurturing networks and relationships, and managing power dynamics.

Archived Event
BSAS Careers of Substance Website

Aimed at supporting everyone who addresses substance use and addiction as part of their work, Careers of Substance provides information and resources designed to support a competent, dedicated and enthusiastic workforce:

  • Individuals – advance or get started in the field, earn appropriate education, licensure and certification, stay current on recent research, and search for jobs
  • Organizations – recruit, retain and support highly skilled staff, engage in results-oriented quality improvement, and respond to external changes
  • Networking – check out a calendar of events specifically for the field, and find out about cross-system initiatives and advocacy efforts.
BSAS Guiding Principles for Prevention Programming

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Bureau of Substance Addiction Services developed these guiding principles that the Massachusetts Collaborative for Action, Leadership, and Learning 3 (MassCALL3) Substance Misuse Prevention grantees are expected to incorporate into their operations and programming. A brief definition and examples of what successful implementation of each principle is provided.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
BSAS Virtual Statewide Substance Use Prevention Conference

During the first eight months of 2020, police in the U.S killed 164 Black people. This unbridled violence by law enforcement, combined with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, lay bare the deadly effects of institutional racism on the health of our communities and force us to examine how racist policies contribute to inequitable health outcomes.

This year’s virtual conference, convened by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) with support from the Center for Strategic Prevention Support (CSPS), offered prevention practitioners from across the Commonwealth an opportunity to examine our role in perpetuating these inequities and explore potential solutions.

Specifically, participants explored:

  • How racism and racist drug policies affect health outcomes
  • How the power dynamics present in our communities affect our prevention work, and how we can influence these dynamics
  • Ways to restore or develop relationships with community partners, and reimagine what community-led engagement might look like
  • Ways to apply a social justice and racial equity lens to our substance misuse prevention work.

The 3-day virtual event included a combination of plenaries, breakout workshops, and panel discussion. Participants were also invited to join optional networking and debrief sessions at the start and end of each conference day.

Attendance from all BSAS funded prevention grantees/programs was mandatory as a condition of funding. Funded programs were represented by the coordinator(s) from the lead cluster community (MOAPC and SAPC) or a designated representative were they not be able to attend.

Plenary Session Recordings

Workshop Session Recordings

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Closing Session Recording

Archived Event
Building Bridges: The Strategic Imperative for Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice

In efforts to advance health equity, aligning with groups working toward racial justice can yield power and improve effectiveness; however, alignment is no simple task. It takes effort and intentionality. This brief concept paper outlines a rationale and five strategic opportunities for building bridges between the fields.