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
Fostering Resilience and Wellness in Youth

Citing unprecedented and uniquely difficult challenges facing young people today, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a rare and clarion Advisory on youth mental health. The bottom line? It’s on all of us—whether we work in health care systems, schools, media companies, community organizations, government agencies—to “step up for our children and families.”

Join Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation thought leaders Sara Polley, MD, and Desirae Vasquez, MHS, MBA, to take a closer look at specific recommendations identified in the Surgeon General’s call for an “all-of-society effort.” Examine the implications across the continuum, from health promotion to risk prevention to early intervention to behavioral health treatment. You will gain clarity and momentum to further inform and inspire your efforts on behalf of young people.

Fostering School Success: How Caregivers and Social Workers Can Support Children's Education

CWLA is pleased to invite you to join us for this engaging skill-building opportunity that will share how to improve school experiences and long-term outcomes for children who have experienced trauma. Participants in this training will:


  • Develop an understanding of common barriers to educational access and engagement for youth who have experienced trauma.
  • Learn practical strategies for cultivating resilience at home that will lead to improved school performance.
  • Advance their knowledge of the education system and supports available to children with special needs and circumstances.
  • Expand their collaboration and advocacy toolkits to ensure children and youth have access to high quality schooling.

This training is appropriate for foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers, and social workers who have an interest and responsibility to better support children and youth in school as well as their educational achievement.

Framing Tobacco Disparities: A Collection of Free Messaging Guides for Tobacco Prevention Staff and Partners

This new series of equity-centered messaging guides highlight how communications around health equity issues must be strategically and thoughtfully created as certain disparity-focused messaging can bring greater harm to the communities most burdened by commercial tobacco use. The resources in this collection will help people to frame their messages within a justice and social context.

Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work – Online

By the end of this workshop series, participants will have:

  • A set of practical skills and tools for guiding others through productive conversations about race, racism, and racial justice that build understanding and agreement
  • A foundational framework for understanding racial identity development and the system of racialization in the U.S.
  • Addressed some of your key challenges and aspirations as a facilitator in your racial justice work
  • Experienced well-facilitated conversations about racism and racial justice and a supportive community of practice
Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Generating, Managing, and Sustaining Financial Resources

Information on writing grants, preparing an annual budget, and planning for financial sustainability.

Getting Candid: Framing the Conversation Around Youth Substance Use Prevention

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), created a message guide and other tools to support youth-serving providers and other adults in their efforts to prevent youth substance use.

Great Lakes PTTC: Evidence-based Prevention Page

To maximize the effectiveness of our prevention efforts and to ensure we don't do harm, it is important to implement evidence-based prevention. Evidence-based prevention includes programs, practices, and policies that have been shown to be effective through rigorous evaluations to prevent the onset and continuation of substance use, misuse, and other problem behaviors.

Guidance for Conducting Focus Groups

This tool provides guidance for conducting focus groups including planning, developing questions, and conducting the focus groups themselves. It also provides sample question for different audiences related to the issue of underage drinking.

Guidance for Conducting Focus Groups for the MOAPC Grant

This tool provides guidance for conducting focus groups including planning, developing questions, and conducting the focus groups themselves. It also provides sample question for different audiences related to the issue of opioid misuse and overdose prevention.

Guidance for Conducting Focus Groups for the PFS Grant

This tool provides guidance for conducting focus groups including planning, developing questions, and conducting the focus groups themselves. It also provides sample question for different audiences related to the issue of prescription drug misuse prevention.

Guidance on Communications After a Non-Concussion Sports Injury 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
Guide to Online Registries for Substance Misuse Prevention Evidence-based Programs and Practices

Prevention leaders are dedicated to improving the health of their communities through effective programs and policies to reduce substance misuse and its related consequences. Perhaps the most critical decisions prevention staff weigh are what set of programs and policies to implement, typically with limited resources. In the past, many prevention practitioners relied on a single registry to find potential evidence-based programs and policies that is no longer available. The good news is many other options exist! This document summarizes many available federal registries and online databases where prevention practitioners can begin their search for the “best fit” evidence-based prevention program, policy, or practice.

Handbook for Community Anti-drug Coalitions

The Handbook for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions provides an overview of resources for and about community coalitions. It helps educate, inform and empower local coalitions and provides some of the basic tools needed to become effective and sustainable.

Healing Indigenous Lives Native Youth Town Halls

This report presents the proceedings of four Native youth-led Town Halls held virtually to provide Native youth the opportunity to share their concerns about public safety and Tribal juvenile justice issues, and included are youth responses to a survey following the Town Halls

Health Equity and Anti-Racism Toolkit

SOPHE’s Health Equity & Anti-Racism Task Force developed the following resources for SOPHE members, chapters, stakeholders, and other community-based organizations to use in their work.