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
Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with HOPE

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


This Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity for participants to explore best practices and identify strategies to barriers for recruiting and retaining youth in your OST programs. Come to this Lunch and Learn to engage with other youth workers in discussions on the different roles we can take in recruitment and retention, share what has worked (and what hasn’t), and brainstorm ways to increase the level of youth participation and power in programming.

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

PowerDynamics WkShop slides can be viewed here:

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.

Building Health Equity and Inclusion

This resource list was developed by the PTTC Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Practices Work Group, and represents a compilation of resources produced by the PTTC Network to help individuals understand the impact of culture and identity in prevention efforts. All resources are free to access. This list is by no means exhaustive, and will be updated periodically to ensure it has the most relevant resources.

Building Leadership

This toolkit helps in developing a plan for enhancing leadership and its core tasks.

CADCA's 33rd Annual National Leadership Forum

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to showcase your organization, products and services to CADCA's coalitions. Exhibitors have the ability to generate new leads, gain exposure and access new collaborators while maintaining relationships with existing ones. Come connect with over 3,000 community prevention leaders. 

Cannabis Conversations: a toolkit for communities with a harm reduction lens

A communication frame that will compassionately educate prevention professionals and community members on the impacts of cannabis use on young brains while not stigmatizing cannabis use for therapeutic or medical reasons.

Cannabis Prevention and Education Toolkit

The PTTC Network has identified seven areas to focus the development of new resources and training for the prevention workforce across the country. One of those areas of focus is cannabis prevention. A network-wide work group has been convened to develop and produce resources for the prevention field to use to support their efforts in implementing cannabis prevention and education. The mission of the PTTC Network Cannabis Prevention Work Group is to develop training and technical assistance tools, products, and service, related specifically to cannabis risk education and prevention, that can be deployed across the nation. New England PTTC's Director, Scott Gagnon serves as the chair of this workgroup. 

Capacity Primer: Building Membership, Structure and Leadership

This primer provides clear guidelines to help your coalition build the capacity needed to develop and carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance abuse rates. It describes the components of a coherent plan related to your coalition’s strategies and priorities for capacity building.