Evolve With Us.

Much like our communities' dynamic and changing needs, Prevention First is constantly developing and designing new and innovative approaches to better address substance misuse.

Our work falls under three pillars: Advise, Amplify, and Advocate, and our mix of programs, initiatives, and services is constantly evolving.

Our Evidence-Based Programs and Initiatives.

Alcohol Policy Resource Center (APRC)

The APRC provides training, education, resources, and tools on evidence-based alcohol policy strategies to municipalities, local officials, law enforcement, and community coalitions focused on reducing underage drinking in communities throughout Illinois.

Cannabis Policy Resource Center (CPRC)

The CPRC provides education, training, expert-led webinars, resources, and tools on data-supported policies and strategies to prevent youth cannabis use, reduce youth access to cannabis, and promote healthy behaviors in communities.

Illinois Department of Corrections CADC Training Program

IDOC provides correctional personnel training opportunities to enhance the substance use disorder counseling services within IDOC facilities, with the goal that IDOC staff enrolled in the program become certified alcohol and other drug counselors (CADC).

Leadership Center

Prevention First’s Leadership Center provides online and web-based training, education, resources, and tools to assist IDHS-SUPR Illinois Leadership Centers, coalitions, ROSCs, and those interested in reducing opioid use disorder and preventing overdose deaths.

Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC)

The MHRC works with human service professionals, law enforcement, first responders, and school personnel to build knowledge, skills, and abilities to promote mental health and intervene effectively with people experiencing mental health challenges. 

Reimagine Youth Development Training and Technical Assistance

Reimagine Youth Development Training, Technical Assistance, and Support (RYD-TTAS) offers various positive youth development training opportunities to RPSA Youth Development Organizations and High-Risk Youth Intervention Organizations that provide out-of-school programming for youth residing in communities at increased risk of violence. Training opportunities are also available to the Reimagine Conveners and other RPSA Grantees.

Substance Use Prevention Training and Technical Assistance

Our substance use prevention training and technical assistance staff work with local grantees throughout Illinois to give prevention specialists the training and information they need to prevent substance misuse in their communities effectively. In turn, they use their knowledge, skills, and abilities to directly impact their communities through community-based organizations, coalitions, schools, law enforcement, and others also working to prevent drug use in their communities. We are proud to be the training contractor for the Illinois Department of Human Service Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS SUPR).

SUPR Treatment Training and Technical Assistance Program

This program provides training and coordination for licensed treatment providers from the Illinois Department of Human Services Substance Use Prevention and Recovery.

Youth Prevention Resource Center

The YPRC provides training, technical assistance, and support to Jr. Highs, Middle Schools, and High Schools throughout Illinois. Our mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive decisions.

Meeting and Conference Planning

Prevention First supports large-scale and local events with participants ranging from 50 to 1,000. We have a 25-year history of organizing statewide conferences, including suggesting topics and speakers and managing all aspects of the event lifecycle.