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
The Data Dive: Episode 1 (Prioritization)

This handout provides an overview of one basic method for prioritizing needs assessment data, using the method described in Episode 1 of the PTTC's podcast, the Data Dive.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People assesses the state of science on the health status of LGBT populations, identifies research gaps and opportunities, and outlines a research agenda for the National Institute of Health. The report examines the health status of these populations in three life stages: childhood and adolescence, early/middle adulthood, and later adulthood. At each life stage, the committee studied mental health, physical health, risks and protective factors, health services, and contextual influences. To advance understanding of the health needs of all LGBT individuals, the report finds that researchers need more data about the demographics of these populations, improved methods for collecting and analyzing data, and an increased participation of sexual and gender minorities in research. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People is a valuable resource for policymakers, federal agencies including the National Institute of Health (NIH), LGBT advocacy groups, clinicians, and service providers.

The Role of Stigma in Substance Misuse Prevention: What Prevention Practitioners Can Do to Reduce

Presentation on what stigma is, how it impacts prevention work, what we can do about it, and how prevention practitioners should approach stigma.

The Six Elements of Effective Coalitions

This resource is the first installment in a series, Key Elements of Effective Coalitions, which has been developed for prevention practitioners and community coalition members by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network ( The goal of this series is to provide information on key elements that research suggests are critical for coalitions to operate effectively and increase their impact on substance misuse and its consequences for individuals and communities.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
The Tension of Turf: Making It Work for the Coalition

This paper builds upon the work of The Eight Steps to Effective Coalition Building, a coalition start-up framework previously developed by Larry Cohen which is available at The Tension of Turf examines one of the harder issues of collaboration that often arises within coalitions, and offers recommendations to help leaders address this issue.

THRIVE: Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environments

THRIVE enables communities to determine how to improve health and safety, and promote health equity. It is a framework for understanding how structural drivers, such as racism, play out at the community level in terms of the social-cultural, physical/built, and economic/ educational environments. We call these community-level indicators the community determinants of health. In addition to being a framework, THRIVE is also a tool for engaging community members and practitioners in assessing the status of community determinants, prioritizing them, and taking action to change them in order to improve health, safety, and health equity. As a framework, THRIVE is widely applicable to local, state, and national initiatives to inform policy and program direction. As a tool, THRIVE can be used in a variety of planning and implementation processes, from neighborhood-level planning to community health needs assessments (CHNA) and community health improvement planning (CHIP) processes.

Thriving, Robust Equity, and Transformative Learning & Development

This new conceptualization of youth success draws from more than 180 sources and makes an argument for new definitions to propel practice and policy that addresses educational and racial equity.

Tip Sheet on Question Wording

This Program on Survey Research Tip Sheet provides some basic tips about how to write good survey questions and design a good survey questionnaire.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Tools to Assess Community Readiness to Prevent Substance Misuse

This tool provides a list of tools that practitioners working to prevent substance misuse can use to assess their community’s readiness to address identified needs, and to prioritize these needs accordingly. Please note that the examples presented here are not representative of all assessment tools available to the field and do not imply endorsement by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

What to Know About Prescription Opioids Fact Sheet

Recent legislation in Massachusetts requires that parents of middle and high school athletes and other adults such as coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, and school nurses receive educational materials on the potential dangers of opioid use and misuse. The educational materials shall also be distributed in written form to all students participating in an extracurricular athletic activity prior to the commencement of their athletic seasons.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) collaborated to provide action steps to help prevent opioid misuse and overdose among student athletes. This fact sheet also highlight resources for addressing possible alcohol or opioid misuse or addiction.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief

The Program Directory features evidence-based programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.