Prevention Resources & Training

The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health promotes and supports community centered evidence-based prevention, with the gold standard of the Communities That Care model, and the Strategic Prevention Framework. To this end, DSAMH offers professional training and certification opportunities on an ongoing basis. One such training is the three day Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST), which can be provided to communities upon request for groups of 12 or larger.

To request this or other prevention professional training, please email Andrea Hood.

One excellent prevention resource is the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Programs Website (, which provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. Blueprints programs are family, school, and community-based and target all levels of need — from broad prevention programs that promote positive behaviors while decreasing negative behaviors, to highly-targeted programs for at-risk children and troubled teens that get them back on track.

At the higher end of the Evidence Continuum are “experimental” and “experimentally proven” studies. These comprise what is commonly referred to as “evidence-based programs (EBPs).” Virtually all web-based registries of EBPs require experimental evidence for certification as an EBP. All experimental studies use designs that involve comparison or control groups. If participants receiving the program have better outcomes than those in the comparison or control groups, that is, those not receiving the program, the program likely is having the intended effect (i.e, is the cause of this effect). However, levels of confidence and evidence of effectiveness attributed to experimental studies can vary from moderate to very high.