Resources

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!

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Selecting Best-fit Programs and Practices: Guidance for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners

Substance misuse and related behavioral health problems such as injury, addiction, and overdose are pressing personal and public health concerns. To successfully address these problems in states, tribes, jurisdictions, and communities, prevention planners need information about the effectiveness of available programs and practices. They also need to know how to determine which options have the greatest potential to work well in their unique settings and how to proceed if no viable options are available. To help meet these needs, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed this guidance document, Selecting Best-Fit Programs and Practices: Guidance for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners. This resource places the selection of programs and practices within the broader context of evidence-based prevention.

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Six Strategies for Talking about Adolescent Development

This resource outlines six strategies for effectively communicating about adolescent development.

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Social Marketing and Sustainability of the Initiative

Information on conducting a social marketing effort (promoting awareness, interest, and behavior change), and planning for long-term sustainability.

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SOR-PEC Sample Logic Model

This is a sample logic model for the SOR-PEC grant.

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Stories and Poems for Northeastern Native Tribal Families from A Circle Tied to Mother Earth

Developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in partnership with Native American communities in Massachusetts, this booklet provides a series of stories and poems explores the ways family members can help prevent youth drinking and other drug use. The images from Native American communities are interwoven with the best we know about the prevention of substance use. It includes guidance for positive discussion, as well as referral resources for counseling for youth and adults if needed.

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Strategies for Community Change and Improvement: An Overview

This resource provides information on what it means to organize for community change and effective strategies, as well as an overview on starting and maintaining a coalition with accompanying tools and examples.

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Strategies to Prevent Binge or Heavy Episodic Drinking among Adolescents and Young Adults

As part of a strategic planning process, practitioners need to select prevention strategies or interventions that address those risk and protective factors associated with their prioritized substance-related problem(s). This document summarizes evaluations of prevention strategies and interventions associated with binge or heavy episodic drinking, as identified in the prevention research literature. It also provides recommendations for using the prevention research to inform strategy selection.

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Structural Racism Booklet: Research and Policy Analyses

The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives is pleased to provide this 40-page booklet of factsheets documenting evidence for structural racism across societal systems. Experts from a wide range of fields present data on the negative impacts of racist practices on the health and well-being of children and families, and recommend public policies to weed it out.

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Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) Guidance Document

This guidance document is a resource for municipalities, individuals, organizations, community coalitions, and other groups who are implementing universal prevention efforts aimed at preventing and reducing underage drinking and other drug use in Massachusetts, including those whose efforts are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) and, more specifically, grantees of the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant program.

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Substance Use Prevention Resources for Use During a Pandemic

The Central East PTTC has created the Substance Use Prevention Resources for Use During a Pandemic guide to help prevention professionals navigate this challenging time.

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Substance Use Prevention Resources for Use During a Pandemic

The Central East PTTC has created the Substance Use Prevention Resources for Use During a Pandemic guide to help prevention professionals navigate this challenging time.

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Sustainability: Fostering Long-term Change to Create Drug-free Communities

This primer lays out a framework and describes key considerations and action steps for coalitions to include in their journey to sustainability.

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Sustaining Effective Prevention Efforts: A Planning Toolkit

Sustainability in prevention is about figuring out what’s working well and how communities can continue to experience the benefits of prevention efforts over time. This requires the participation, resolve, and dedication of diverse community members—and a lot of careful planning. This online toolkit is designed to help coalitions engage in a thoughtful sustainability planning process.

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Sustaining the Work or Initiative

This toolkit supports planning for using different tactics to sustain your organization or community initiative.

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Talk. They Hear You. 5 Conversation Goals: Talking with Teens About Alcohol and Other Drugs – Mini Brochure

A mini brochure for parents and caregivers on the five goals to keep in mind when having conversations about alcohol and substance use with their teens.

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