Substance Abuse Prevention Professionals

IDHS SAPP Grantee Guidance & Resources
SAPP Programmatic Requirements & Resources
FY19 SAPP Program/Fiscal Webinars


Technical Assistance

Our technical assistance expands professional development beyond training to assist substance abuse prevention providers in applying what they have learned in their communities. We provide timely, flexible and provider-tailored technical assistance to meet the individual needs of providers. Technical assistance is available to Illinois SAPP, SPF-PFS and DFC grantees. For more information about technical assistance or the services we offer, please contact or call 217-836-5346.

Opioid and Prescription Drug Media Campaigns Resources

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Guard and Discard Campaign Material

Printed Materials
Social Media Materials

Ending Opioid Misuse Campaign Materials (Spanish and English)

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National Prevention Week 2019

National Prevention Week (NPW) is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. Each year, NPW includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics.


2019 National Prevention Week Planning Guide and Resource Calendar

This planning guide and resource calendar will help you plan and implement your NPW activities. In addition to information on health observances and SAMHSA resources, the guide includes quarterly checklists, planning tips, and introductions to NPW's federal partners.


The 2019 daily themes are:

Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use

Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide

To help promote NPW events in Illinois, SAPP Providers can submit local events here. Events will be promoted on the Prevention First homepage.

Professional Development Resource Guides

As of June 22, 2017, all Resource Guides are being revised. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tip Sheets

Youth Prevention Education Model Program

The Youth Prevention Education model program tip sheets below offers guidance and support to providers as they plan and implement their substance abuse prevention model program(s). These tip sheets can assist providers throughout implementation of the model program, maintain fidelity of the model program, and help providers adhere to the substance abuse prevention program standards.
Provider Resources

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Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis - This report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, reveals the importance of supporting effective prevention programs as part of a comprehensive substance abuse prevention strategy. The following patterns of use, their attendant costs, and the potential cost savings are analyzed:
  • Extent of substance abuse among youth
  • Costs of substance abuse to the Nation and to States
  • Cost savings that could be gained if effective prevention policies, programs, and services were implemented nationwide
  • Programs and policies that are most cost beneficial





White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women - This white paper explores what is currently known about the opioid epidemic and describes promising practices for addressing opioid use disorder prevention and treatment for women, as well as identifies areas that are less well understood and may warrant further study. Author: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office on Women's Health




Illinois Underage Drinking Policy Resource
The Illinois Underage Drinking Policy Resource is a repository of fact sheets, underage drinking laws, policies and sample ordinances, best practices, and web-based resources intended to increase knowledge about the effects of underage drinking and policy strategies to prevent it.

Related Links

The following is a sampling of websites with information related to prevention. Prevention First does not endorse or guarantee these sites or their sponsors, or the usefulness of the information they present. These links will take you off this site. For additional online resources, please contact our staff.

Alcohol - The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA supports collegiate peer educators and advisors by empowering students and student affairs administrators to create campus environments which are healthy and safe. - Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems through scientific research that is publicized to health care providers, policy makers and the public. - Alcohol Justice is an alcohol industry watchdog and resource for solutions to community alcohol problems. - The "Talk. They Hear You." campaign aims to reduce underage drinking among youth ages 9 to 15 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to start addressing the issue of alcohol with their children early.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs - Above the Influence is a program of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The goal of the program is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. Their belief is the more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. - This site provides parent strategies and tips for raising healthy, drug-free children. - The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is to improve behavioral health through evidence-based prevention approaches.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (Illinois specific) - Illinois Association for Behavioral Health advocates sound public policy that will create healthier families and safer communities. - Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCCA) certifies ATOD professionals in Illinois, including preventionists. - Illinois Department of Human Services offers professionals and individuals information about the department’s programs for substance abuse prevention and treatment. - Illinois Liquor Control Commission is the lead agency in Illinois for reducing youth access to both alcohol and tobacco. The site has downloadable information about state prevention campaigns and liquor laws. - The Illinois Higher Education Center (IHEC) for Alcohol, other Drug and Violence Prevention is located at Eastern Illinois University. IHEC's mission is to reduce negative health and safety consequences to Illinois college students related to alcohol, other drugs and violence and to increase college and community environmental factors that support healthy and safe norms. - Lighthouse Institute, Chestnut Health Systems helps practitioners improve the quality of their services through research, training and publishing.
Children and Youth - America's Promise is an alliance of businesses, communities and public agencies focusing on providing resources for at-risk children. - Big Brothers/Big Sisters is the world’s premiere mentoring program for children and youth. - Boys & Girls Clubs of America promote and enhance young people’s development by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. - Illinois Department of Children and Family Services features timely information about protected children from abuse, foster care, adoption and day care licensing. - National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health provides information critical to improving the health of children and families, including resources in many languages. - National Mentoring Partnership offers advice to organizations seeking to start a mentoring program or improve an existing program. - Parents, teachers and kids want to stop bullying in schools, at home and in the community. Bullying hurts everyone - the bully, the target, the bystander and the family. This website provides useful tipsheets, activites, and booklets on the topic of bullying. - Voices for Illinois Children advocates for the health and well-being of children through legislative updates and statistics on Illinois children by county.
Communities of Color - Minority Health Network is an Internet portal to sites detailing the health of specific minority groups and specific diseases. - Urban/Minority Families covers numerous publications directed toward urban and minority families, including reviews of educational publications and short articles for parents about their children’s schooling.
Crime - Illinois State Police information is useful for the general public, as well as for professionals working in the fields of prevention, crime, safety, education and the like. - National Crime Prevention Council offers training and tools; information on community initiatives; information on protecting yourself, your home and your family; a special youth section; and samples of McGruff public-service announcements. Information posted on the site is also available in Spanish. - National Criminal Justice Reference Center has downloadable brochures on underage drinking, drug abuse, domestic violence and more. - The mission of the Illinois Association of Problem-Solving Courts is to promote Problem-Solving Courts in Illinois by providing education, assistance, training, and development through collaboration of behavioral health and justice systems.
Domestic Violence - American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence features fact sheets such as "Five Ways to Fight Domestic Violence" and statistics on domestic violence. - Illinois Attorney General provides a directory of domestic violence and sexual assault services. - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence gives guidelines for starting a domestic violence shelter and community-based information about domestic violence awareness. - Prevent Child Abuse America leads the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.
Education - Center for Prevention Research and Development offers research, technical assistance and expertise in the areas of school improvement, health and human service reform and prevention science. - Education Atlas is a one-stop map of education and learning resources worldwide. - Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) houses a searchable database of writings on educational issues. - offers practical guidance, grade-specific information and family activities to help parents positively influence their children’s education and overall development. - Helping Your Child Series includes parent guides and other resources to help children succeed in school and in life. Some guides are available in Spanish. - Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children advocates for the rights, needs and well-being of young children by educating, supporting and collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations. - Illinois State Board of Education covers broad education issues, No Child Left Behind and many other state programs. - National Center on Education and the Economy advocates for standards-based reform of school design, school leadership and workforce development. - National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education was created to carry out a comprehensive program of research, development and dissemination to improve early-childhood development and education by focusing on the three Rs of early childhood education: relationships, resilience and readiness. - National Mental Health and Education Center: Resources for Families provides guides for parents on topics such as creating successful readers, being advocates for children with learning disabilities and whether children should repeat grades.
Government Resources - Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) establishes policies and priorities for the nation's program to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking; drug-related crime and violence; and drug-related health consequences. - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides federal leadership on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, including prevention of alcohol and other substance use and abuse. - SAMHSA promotes and implements prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders in America’s communities. - The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) is the state's lead agency for addressing the profound personal, social and economic consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse. - The Illinois Department of Human Services supports and offers treatment services for alcoholism & addiction through an extensive treatment provider network throughout the State of Illinois. Click to locate a provider or treatment facility as well as for more information and resources. - Illinois Attorney General’s Office includes information on how coalitions are fighting the spread of methamphetamine, how coalitions develop and obtain funding, and the training and technical assistance available to them. - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides traffic safety information on airbags, alcohol/DUI, child safety and seat belts. - Illinois Gateway -- Secretary of State's Office offers access to driver/vehicle services, organ donation information and the Illinois State Library. Online ATOD information includes the .08 law, digitized drivers’ licenses to prevent identification misuse, zero-tolerance law and "Straight ID." - Illinois Governor's Office includes press releases, text of speeches, contacts and pictures. - Illinois State Legislature details current legislation, session schedules and Illinois statutes and laws. - State of Illinois includes information about Illinois state government, tourism and trade. AddictionRecoveryServices.aspx - The Addition Recovery Management Services Unit (ARMSU) provides extensive training, clinical supervision, and education to IDOC, vendor, and other local and state agency staff. - The Research & Analysis Unit of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority offers a wide range of alcohol and substance abuse materials and resources that are useful to justice system practitioners, planners, researchers, students, and the general public. - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides consolidated fact sheets, collection options, useful partner links and other information on the disposal of medications.
Health - About Health offers columns about alcohol for young people and parents/caregivers. - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence offers resources, training and technical assistance devoted to the prevention and treatment of FASD. - Illinois Department of Public Health offers a catalog of publications, fact sheets, news releases, public health statistics and information on how to obtain public records. - Illinois Planned Parenthood offers guides to clinics, Illinois law, STDs, birth control and abortion. - National Center for Health Education (NCHE) designs and disseminates health-education programs that cover topics including violence prevention, drug prevention, HIV and AIDS, sexuality education, STDs, sexual abuse, birth control and pregnancy. - National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) is dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected by FAS. - The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools is a nonpartisan policy and program-resource center offering a student portal with links to games, information and activities on many health topics. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions and promoting health through partnerships. - The Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois (CBHA) promotes the development of quality community behavioral-health programs, including mental health, alcohol, substance abuse, rural mental health and children and adolescents.
General Facts and Information
Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse
Heroin Use Statistics
Heroin Information and Resouces for Children
Heroin Information and Resources
Heroin Information and Resources for Parents
Heroin Information and Resources Specific to Chicago and the Chicago Suburbs
Libraries - Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse offers information on illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug policy and treatment and prevention efficacy.
Marijuana - This information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is targeted to teens, and provides facts about marijuana and its potential harmful effects. - The Partnership's Drug Guide provides information on marijuana and more than 40 other commonly-abused drugs.
Media - Chicago Sun-Times maintains archives dating back to 1986. Searches are free; the full text of articles more than two weeks old is available for a fee. - Chicago Tribune enables searches on articles published since 1985. Searches are free; the full text of articles is available for a fee. - Community Media Workshop provides assistance to Chicago-area community and civic groups to get news and feature stories about their work in the media.
Mentoring Resources, Toolkits, and Guides
Corporation for National and Community Service - Offers a resource center equipped with tools, training, event calendars, printed publications, videos, and other information to strengthen programs. The Resource Center serves as a learning exchange for programs to share innovations and effective practices.
Evaluation, Management, and Training (EMT) - A leading research organization in the field of mentoring, EMT features free downloadable resources on program startup, sustainability, best practices, marketing, special populations, and training.
Mentor Peer Resources - This website provides various resources, documents, training materials and network opportunities for those who are interested or currently offer mentor programs.
National Mentoring Center - Provides dedicated training and technical assistance to mentoring programs, and houses the Mentor Exchange listserv. Web site offers an array of free downloadable, training curricula, research and tools to support mentoring.
National Mentoring Partnership - Holds the largest database of mentoring opportunities, offers support, resources, legislative advocacy, and information to strengthen youth mentoring programs and encourages adults to serve as mentors.
National Network of Youth Ministries - Offers a collection of mentor recruitment and promotional materials free of charge and available for download or order.
Public/Private Ventures - P/PV produces valuable research-based products in the field of mentoring. This Web site houses research on various forms of mentoring, the practices of effective mentoring, and the administrative structures that facilitate mentoring programs. Most information is available for free download.
Washington State Mentoring - Provides assistance with training, recruitment, resource development, data collection, public awareness and policy to support quality mentoring.
Big Brothers Big Sisters - The BBBS program has more than 100 years of mentoring experience. The program is designed to provide professional one-on-one mentoring to youth, ages 6-18. The youth and mentor meet for as little as one hour per week in various settings to promote long lasting and rewarding relationships.

For more info about BBBS or to find a location near you, visit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Mentor Peer Resources - This site helps locate programs in your area providing mentoring services, with various characteristics, visit the Mentors Peer Resources Database. You can search the database easily by entering the full name of your city and state into the search query.
Tutor Mentor Connection - The information contained on the Tutor Mentor Connection web site will direct you to various mentoring programs throughout Chicagoland. Begin your search for a program in your area at Tutor Mentor Connection.
Meth Information - Visit the Illinois Attorney General's Meth Net home page for information on meth in Illinois.
Prescription Drug Abuse - Numerous resources for parents, grandparents, health care providers, educators, communities, and law enforcement. - Information on the Drug Enforcment Administration's National Drug Take Back Day events.
School Violence - Education for Conflict Resolution, Inc. promotes the development of conflict-resolution education in schools by offering quality conflict-resolution professional-development programs. - National School Safety Center promotes safe schools and quality education with school violence statistics, issues discussions and listings of publications, products and training programs.
Spanish-Language Resources - Helping Your Child Series includes parent guides and other resources to help children succeed in school and in life. Some guides are available in Spanish. - National Criminal Justice Reference Center has downloadable brochures on underage drinking, drug abuse, domestic violence and more.
Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Resources
Tobacco - American Cancer Society includes extensive statistics, news, support services and information on cancer protection and The Great American Smoke Out. - American Lung Association offers tobacco-prevention information, help to stop smoking and other resources. - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is the largest non-government initiative ever launched to protect children from tobacco addiction. - The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health provides news, tobacco-control and smoking-cessation resources, historical and legal information, and links to related sites. - Tobacco Control Archives (TCA) is a central, organized source for papers, unpublished documents and electronic resources relevant to tobacco control. - features news, information, assistance for smokers trying to quit, alerts for tobacco-control advocates and open debate on the wide spectrum of tobacco issues.
Treatment - The Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse oversees a comprehensive, statewide system of substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services. - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a treatment locator to find local help for alcoholism and substance abuse.
Workplace Violence - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reviews information about violence in the workplace, summarizes issues surrounding workplace violence and proposes new strategies for prevention. - United States Department of Labor helps employers develop violence-, drug- and alcohol-free workplaces. - United States Office of Personnel Management highlights the handbook, "Dealing with Workplace Violence: A Guide for Agency Planners." - Workplace Violence Research Institute provides workplace-violence-prevention programs for business, industry and public agencies.
Community Development - Drug Strategies provides tools for assessing community coalitions and promoting their sustainability. - Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies serves as a network for Illinois nonprofit corporations and units of local government that strive to raise the health, education and economic standards of Illinois’ citizens living at lower social and economic margins. - Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) offers community development opportunities including grants, job training, technical assistance for manufacturers, educational programs for local officials and more. - Prevention Institute presents eight steps for effective coalition building. - SAMHSA's Mayor's Resource Guide on Behavioral Health Issues equips mayors and other local public health officials with strategies and resources to use in their role in shaping community responses that promote mental health and substance abuse recovery and ensure that needed treatments and services are available.
Families Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults. - Is your teen drinking or using drugs? Time to Act is a new resource for parents who suspect or know their teen is drinking or using drugs. - Children, Youth, and Family Consortium - University of Minnesota maintains an electronic clearinghouse of research, articles and resources on topics such as families and learning, fathering, disabilities, work and family life, and parenting. - Illinois Fatherhood Initiative works to connect children and fathers by helping men to be better fathers and father figures. - Illinois PTA provides information on children’s programs and career-oriented education, and links to legislative updates and local PTA sites. - National Fatherhood Initiative works to improve the well-being of children by increasing the involvement, commitment and responsibility of fathers in children’s lives. - National PTA: Parent Involvement offers advice on helping children succeed and general tips on parenting. - Parents as Teachers is a nonprofit parent- and family-support organization that provides parents with practical information on child development, focusing on the early years.