2020Nov WV SAPST Resource Page


Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

West Virginia, November 2020
Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS, and Ben E. Stevenson II, MS, CPP


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➤ Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute has developed a broad range of practical, easy-to-use tools that guide practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in planning health strategies and in contributing to safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.

➤ Building Cross-sector Collaboration

This includes the following tools: Developing Effective Coalitions: An 8-Step Guide, Tension of Turf, Collaboration Multiplier, and Collaboration Assessment Tool.

➤ Developing Effective Coalitions: An 8-step Guide

This step-by-step guide to coalition building helps partnerships launch successfully. It supports advocates and practitioners in every aspect of the process, from determining the appropriateness of a coalition to selecting members, defining key elements, maintaining vitality, and conducting ongoing evaluations.

➤ Collaboration Multiplier

Collaboration Multiplier is an interactive framework and tool for analyzing collaborative efforts. It is designed to guide an organization to a better understanding of which partners it needs and how to engage them, or to facilitate organizations that already work together in identifying activities to achieve a common goal, identify missing sectors that can contribute to a solution, delineate partner perspectives and contributions, and leverage expertise and resources.

➤ Collaboration Math: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Collaboration Math helps organizations from diverse disciplines work together. It enables them to better understand each other's perspectives and to identify both strengths and gaps in their partnership.

➤ CADCA: Building drug-free communities

Since 1992, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has been training local grassroots groups, known as community anti-drug coalitions, in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them. Today, CADCA is the nation’s leading drug abuse prevention organization, representing the interests of more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country.

➤ Building Coalitions Fact Sheet Index
    Ohio State University Extension

This series of fact sheets, compiled by the Ohio Center for Action on Coalitions, addresses the factors involved in coalition building.

➤ Partnership Self-Assessment Tool
    Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health

This tool was designed to help partnerships understand how collaboration works and what it means to create a successful collaborative process, assess how well their collaborative process is working, and identify specific areas they can focus on to make their collaborative process work better.

Cultural Competence

➤ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Click here for SAMHSA Store)
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need, and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. SAMHSA has many cultural resources, which are searchable on the main site and in the SAMHSA store, including:

➤ Drug Abuse Among Hispanics, A Brief Evidence-Based Guide for Providers

This Guide summarizes findings from studies about illegal drug use among Hispanics or Latinos. It covers the effects of drugs on the brain and adolescent development, drug abuse prevention for Hispanic or Latino teens, and drug abuse treatment for Hispanics or Latinos.

➤ Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native

This Guide is intended to enhance cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communications styles, the role of veterans and the elderly, and health disparities, such as suicide.

➤ National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)

The mission of NNED is to build a national network of racial, ethnic, cultural and sexual minority organizations and communities to promote policies, practices, standards and research to eliminate behavioral health disparities. The NNED site has a resource section that includes such links as Healthy People 2010 and Georgetown University Maternal and Child Health Library, which includes:

➤ A Guide to Choosing and Adapting Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion Materials

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on how to assure that health promotion materials reflect the principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence.

➤ Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment

This assessment is intended to support the Bureau of Primary Health Care, and its funded programs, to enhance the delivery of high quality services to culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and underserved communities. It is also intended to promote cultural and linguistic competence as essential approaches for practitioners in the elimination of health disparities among racial and ethnic groups.

➤ Office of Minority Health
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Minority Health was created in 1986 and is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

➤ Cultural Competence in a Multi-Cultural World
    The Community Toolbox, Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas

This website defines culture and explains why understanding culture is important to community collaborative groups. There is information about how to become aware of your own culture, build relationships with different cultures, become allies to people discriminated against, overcome internalized oppression, and build multicultural organizations and coalitions, among other topics.

➤ Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? (Television documentary)

This four-hour documentary series crisscrosses the nation uncovering new findings that suggest that the social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually “get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses”.

➤ National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization. It serves the broad interests of tribal governments and communities. An important part of its mission is to improve the quality of life for Native communities and people.

Prevention Today

➤ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to target effectively substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need, and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. To accomplish its work, SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula, and block grant programs and data collection activities.

➤ SAMHSA’s Strategic Plan

The SAMHSA Strategic Plan FY2019-FY2023 provides a roadmap to carry out the vision and mission of SAMHSA over the next four years.

➤ Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA’s Roles and Actions 2011-2014

SAMHSA introduces eight new Strategic Initiatives that will guide its work from 2011 through 2014 to help people with mental and substance use disorders and their families to build strong communities, prevent behavioral health problems, and promote better health for all Americans.

➤ Strategic Prevention Framework

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) uses a five-step process known to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors across the life span. The SPF is built on a community-based risk and protective factors approach to prevention and a series of guiding principles that can be utilized at the federal, state, tribal and community levels.


IC&RC is the largest credentialing organization in the field, setting international standards for competency-based certification programs through testing and credentialing of addiction professionals. IC&RC’s credentials include Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC), Clinical Supervisor (CS), Prevention Specialist (PS), Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP), Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP), and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD).

➤ National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness

The National Prevention Strategy encourages partnerships among federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments; business, industry, and other private sector partners; philanthropic organizations; community and faith-based organizations; and everyday Americans. These partnerships will improve America’s health by helping to create healthy and safe communities, expand clinical and community-based preventive services, empower people to make healthy choices, and eliminate health disparities.

➤ Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
    National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, March 2009

Prevention practices have emerged in a variety of settings, including programs for selected at-risk populations (such as children and youth in the child welfare system), school-based interventions, interventions in primary care settings, and community services designed to address a broad array of mental health needs and populations. This report updates a 1994 Institute of Medicine book, Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders, focusing special attention on the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since that time.

➤ Report Brief: A Focus on Costs and Benefits

This report brief describes the costs associated with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders that affect large numbers of young people. The report covers costs incurred by family members, the community, and multiple service sectors; the benefits and costs of prevention; and policy implications.

➤ A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Conceptual Framework
    Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, 2009

This monograph advances an approach to children’s mental health that applies public health concepts to efforts that support children’s mental health and development. The approach is presented in a conceptual framework comprised of four major elements: values that underlie the entire effort, guiding principles that steer the work, a process that consists of three core public health action steps/functions, and a new model of intervening that provides the range of intervention activities required to implement a comprehensive approach.

➤ The Determinants of Health
    World Health Organization

This report assesses the determinants of health, which include social and economic environment, physical environment, and a person’s individual characteristics and behaviors, among many others.

Risk and Protective Factors

➤ Risk and Protective Factors for Mental Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Across the Life Cycle
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This matrix lists the risk and protective factors for mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders during infancy and early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

➤ Get Connected Toolkit
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Alcohol and medication misuse and mental health problems can be significant issues for older adults. This toolkit, created for organizations that provide services to older adults, includes a curriculum for staff as well as fact sheets. Several of the fact sheets provide information on risk and protective factors for substance abuse, medication misuse, and mental health problems among older adults.

➤ Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents: Risk Factors and Protective Factors
    National Institute on Drug Abuse

This webpage describes risk factors for drug abuse, including early signs of risk that may predict later drug abuse, highest risk periods for drug abuse among youth, and when and how drug abuse starts and progresses.

Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)

➤ Strategic Prevention Framework Components
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This guide describes the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework: Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.

➤ Communities that Care
    Social Development Research Group

This coalition-based community prevention operating system uses a public health approach to prevent youth problem behaviors including underage drinking, tobacco use, violence, delinquency, school dropout and substance abuse.

SPF Step 1: Assessment

➤ Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This Archive has primary responsibility for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of behavioral health data.

➤ Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Office of Justice Programs

The Bureau’s mission is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

➤ Alcohol-related Disease Impact (ARDI) software
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ARDI software was developed to assist professionals in state and local public health departments to estimate the impact of alcohol-related deaths and years of potential life lost.

➤ Health Data Tools and Statistics
    Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. This page lists links for county and local, state, national, and global health data; statistical reports; demographic data; geographic information systems; training and education; health information technology and standards; and tools for data collection and planning.

➤ Logic Model Development Guide
    W.K. Kellogg Foundation

This Guide is a companion publication to the Evaluation Handbook and focuses on the development and use of the program logic model. It provides an orientation to the underlying principles and language of the program logic model so it can be effectively used in program planning, implementation, and dissemination of results.

SPF Step 2: Capacity

➤ Capacity Primer: Building Membership, Structure and Leadership
    Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute. Primer Series, 2010

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.

➤ Encouraging Involvement in Community Work
    The Community Tool Box, Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas

This section of the Community Tool Box describes how to develop a plan for increasing participation in community action, how to promote participation among diverse groups, methods of contacting potential participants, how to write letters to potential participants, how to make personal contact with potential participants, how to involve key influentials in the initiative, how to involve people most affected by the problem, and how to identify and analyze stakeholders and their interests.

SPF Step 3: Planning and Step 4: Implementation

➤ Selecting Best-fit Programs and Practices: Guidance for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009

This guidance document describes the Strategic Prevention Framework and promotes implementation of evidence-based practices for prevention in communities across the country.

➤ Finding the Balance: Program Fidelity and Adaptation in Substance Abuse Prevention
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2002

This executive summary describes Dr. Thomas E. Backer’s main conclusions and recommendations from his thorough review of research studies on fidelity and adaptation.

➤ SAMHSA’s Evidence-based Practices Resource Center
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This searchable online registry provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.

➤ Guide to Community Prevention Services
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This Guide is a free resource to help with the selection of programs and policies that improve health and prevent disease in communities.

➤ OJJDP Model Programs Guide
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

This Guide is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence- based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities.

➤ Exemplary and Promising Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free Schools Program
    U.S. Department of Education

This webpage describes the Safe, Disciplined, and Drug-Free Schools Expert Panel, whose purpose is to oversee a process for identifying and designating promising and exemplary school-based programs that promote safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools.

SPF Step 5: Evaluation

➤ Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

This document provides a list of terms and definitions related to research and evaluation.

➤ Framework for Program Evaluation
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A practical, non-prescriptive tool, the evaluation framework summarizes and organizes the steps and standards for effective program evaluation.

➤ Introduction to Evaluation
    The Community Tool Box, Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas

The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities.

➤ The Evaluation Center
    Western Michigan University

The Evaluation Center’s mission is to advance the theory, practice, and utilization of evaluation. The Center’s principal activities are research, education, service, dissemination, and national and international leadership in evaluation.

➤ Evaluation Toolkit
    W. K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

➤ Getting to outcomes: Improving community-based substance-use prevention
    RAND Corporation

A team led by RAND researchers created this science-based model and support tools to help local groups develop or improve substance use prevention programs.


➤ Sustaining Grassroots Community-based Programs: A Toolkit for Community- and Faith-based Service Providers
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This toolkit contains six books to help grassroots organizations and faith-based organizations develop substance abuse and mental health treatment services. It addresses organizational assessment, marketing, financial management, sustainability and funding, and evaluation.

➤ Developing a Conceptual Framework to Assess the Sustainability of Community Coalitions Post-Federal Funding
    NORC at the University of Chicago

This literature review identifies how researchers, policymakers, and practitioners have defined and measured sustainability for community coalitions. It explores the constructs of community coalitions, their impacts, and sustainability, and includes a conceptual framework that can be used to assess the sustainability of community coalitions.

➤ Building capacity and sustainable prevention innovations: a sustainability planning model
    Knowlton Johnson, Carol Hays, Hayden Center, Charlotte Daley, 2004

This article presents an informed definition of sustainability and an associated planning
model for sustaining innovations (pertinent to both infrastructure and interventions) within organizational, community, and state systems.

➤ Sustainability of Prevention
    John D. Swisher, 2000

This paper outlines the guidelines for sustaining prevention and makes suggestions for moving to greater levels of permanence for prevention.


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