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
Case Study: Components of an Early Childhood Response

This case study walks through a town's response developing an early childhood prevention program by walking through how they conducted a needs assessment and developed their capacity building plan.

CASEL Program Guides: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs

The CASEL Guide can be a valuable resource for educational leaders and teams aspiring to implement research-based approaches to promote students’ social-emotional development and academic performance. The CASEL Guide provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of classroom-based social and emotional learning programs and applies this framework to rate and identify well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States.

Certified Prevention Specialist Re-certification Application

This is the application form for re-certification required every two years for certified prevention specialists.

Checklist for Identifying Data Gaps

Conducting a strong needs assessment is the foundation for developing a successful prevention plan. However, no needs assessment is ever complete. To identify gaps and strengthen on-going data collection for your needs assessment, the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Data-Informed Decisions Working Group has designed this checklist. The checklist is organized by the six (6) core data areas of the Strategic Planning Framework: consequences, consumption, target populations, intervening variables (i.e. risk and protective factors), prevention resources, and community readiness. Data should be as local as possible, but include data from neighboring counties, state, regional, or national data for comparison purposes.

Collaboration Assessment Tool

The Collaboration Assessment Tool helps individuals and coalitions identify specific strengths and areas of growth and enables partnerships to subsequently establish a baseline and gauge their progress via periodic checks on domains of effective collaboration.

Collaboration Multiplier: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Multi-field Collaboration

Collaboration Multiplier is an interactive tool for strengthening collaborative efforts across diverse fields. A multi-field approach has proven vital for tackling today’s complex social challenges. Whether the goal is promoting health equity, strengthening local economies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or enhancing community safety, improving our well-being requires community-wide changes that include strengthening government policies and the practices of key organizations. Multi-field collaboration expands available resources, strategies, and capabilities to achieve outcomes that could not be accomplished by one field alone.

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Embracing Culture and Context to Prevent Underage Drinking" Discussion Guide

This guide shows how HBCUs, as well as other institutions that primarily serve students from a distinct background, region, or culture, can create prevention strategies to meet the unique needs of those students.

College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives "Lessons Learned at Frostburg State University" Discussion Guide

This guide highlights steps taken by the Frostburg State University community to reduce underage and high-risk drinking among the student population and discusses how these strategies were implemented.

Coming Home - Preventing Alcohol and Drug Use Among Native American Teens Booklet

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed this booklet in collaboration with representatives from Native American communities in Massachusetts. This booklet explores ways family members can help prevent youth drinking and other drug use. Values and images from Native American communities are interwoven with the best we know about the prevention of substance use. It includes a list of resources for positive cultural activities, as well as counseling for youth and adults.

Communicating Cannabis Science to Communities and Collaborators: Opportunities for Prevention Professionals

This webinar will consider new and emerging science related to cannabis and the relevance of these findings from a public health and prevention standpoint. The role of prevention professionals in communicating findings to community members will be discussed, as will opportunities to bridge the gap between science and practice. Time for questions and discussion will be provided.

Communications to Promote Interest and Participation

Communications that promote interest and encourage involvement.

Communications Toolkit

This toolkit distills key concepts and evidence-based strategies into short, easy-to-read sections; offers interactive activities to help you to understand how these concepts relate to your community’s work in substance abuse prevention; and provides tips, exercises, and worksheets that will guide you to apply what you are learning to the context of your community.

To download a PDF of just the content text from the interactive toolkit as well as the individual worksheets, click on the links below:

Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System

Community engagement is often cited as a tool to improve the health of the community and its members. This guide will review evidence related to leveraging community engagement to support the implementation and scale-up of evidence-based programs and policies.

Community Readiness for Community Change

This resource provides an overview of the Community Readiness Model, the stages and dimensions of community readiness, and tools for conducting your own community readiness assessment.

Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities: Culture is Prevention

This product is designed for Prevention Specialists working with Native Communities. Topics include: intervention for Native youth's mental health, substance abuse, suicidality, and practice-based evidence.

Fact Sheet/Issue Brief