Prevention First Leadership Center

The overarching goal of the Leadership Centers program is to advance and increase the knowledge and use of medication-assisted recovery and decrease opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder by working across the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Continuum of Care Model and utilizing a systems-thinking approach.

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.

Our Training and Technical Assistance.

Training, coaching, and consultation are offered through one-on-one meetings and group settings. Our services will assist and empower Leadership Center staff, coalitions, and ROSCs to be proficient in the following areas:

  •  Collaborating with stakeholders
  •  Assisting local leaders and providers working across the continuum of care
  •  Assessing community readiness and resources
  •  Utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework
  •  Training communities and convening learning collaboratives on network processes
  •  Providing evidence-based resources and tools across the continuum of care
  •  Other topics that may address the prevention, intervention, and treatment of opioid use disorder and stimulant use disorder

Prevention First Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution.

The goal of the Prevention First Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone (Narcan) Distribution (OEND) Program is to reduce harm and risk of life-threatening opioid-related overdose and deaths. Prevention First Leadership Center provides opioid overdose prevention education and training on opioid overdose recognition and opioid overdose rescue response and provides Naloxone (Narcan) cartons to all training participants. 

Prevention First will train people at risk of an opioid-related overdose and those with family members, friends, or other persons in a position to assist a person at risk of an opioid-related overdose in using Naloxone (Narcan) for the reversal of opioid overdose. 

The Leadership Center will distribute Naloxone in the following ways:  

  • Training: Naloxone will be provided to participants in the Mental Health First Aid and QPR (Question, Persuade, Respond) Training. MHFA teaches participants to recognize and respond to the signs of a mental health or substance use challenge. QPR is a 3-step suicide prevention program. Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) is a commonsense addition to these existing Prevention First training. For more information on MHFA and QPR, contact

  • Group Training by Request: Prevention First will offer to conduct Naloxone training for local businesses, IDHS/SUPR providers, and other organizations committed to this critical initiative. 

Resources For You.

Please look around the page to locate useful resources for our work.  Please contact Megan Edmondson, Leadership Center Administrator, for more information about technical assistance or our services.



These resources are provided to assist Leadership Center staff in creating viable and sustainable networks in their respective regions.

Leadership Center Networking Guide

RLC Network Development Stakeholders and Resources Log - June 2021

Visible Networks Labs - Network Leadership Webinars

SAMSHA's Strategic
Prevention Framework

Resources Across the
Continuum of Care

The tools and resources provided have been developed in collaboration with staff from each of the Leadership Centers.

Acronyms and Abbreviations for RLCs This list includes many of the abbreviations and acronyms used across the continuum of care. Feel free to download and add to the list.

RLC Fact Sheet

Leadership Centers Training Opportunities Matrix This spreadsheet highlights professional development opportunities offered by the five Leadership Centers across the continuum of care.

Rethink Recovery Campaign This campaign supports one of the main goals of the Leadership Centers, which is to increase medication-assisted recovery, an evidence-based strategy known to decrease opioid use disorder.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is held every April and October. It aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care Resource Guide This technical assistance resource guide was prepared for SAMHSA’s Partners for Recovery Initiative and includes an introduction and background of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care.

SAMHSA Guide: Decisions in Recovery Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders These resources were developed by SAMHSA for professional providers and people with substance use disorders to assist with discussing and comparing various treatment options.

Treatment Improvement Protocol: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat OUD—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD. This is a revision.

Evidence-based Practices for Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings This guide focuses on policies and practices that can be implemented to intervene during an individual’s time in the correctional system and upon release that moderate and mitigate the risk of overdose for persons with OUD after release.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in a Pediatric Setting

Opioid Prevention Campaign: 12 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Addiction The Opioid Prevention Campaign is a public health media campaign to help prevent adolescent substance use. Adolescence remains a critical time for brain development and a vulnerable period for substance use.  The Opioid Prevention Campaign features key information about opioids and guidance for parents and teachers on preventing opioid misuse. The campaign information is available in both Spanish and English.

Technology Transfer Centers The purpose of the SAMHSA-funded Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for substance use disorders and mental illness.

Opportunities for Collaboration Across the Continuum of Care 2021 CADCA developed this worksheet to brainstorm ideas and opportunities for collaboration.


Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Webinar Training Series

SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) outlines a process that an organization, initiative, community, or state can follow to prevent and reduce substance use disorder. By the end of this training series, participants will understand each SPF component and possess the knowledge and skills to use the SPF process to engage network partners and key stakeholders in addressing opioid and stimulant use disorder at the local, regional, and state levels across the continuum of care.

This Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Webinar Training series includes five sessions which can be accessed via our training page.


Breaking Intergenerational Patterns of Trauma, Substance Use Disorders, and Dark Family Secrets

Trauma and substance use disorders run in families across generations and are often fueled by dark family secrets. Topics covered in this presentation include the role of treatment and prevention specialists in breaking intergenerational patterns of trauma, substance use disorders, and dark family secrets; breaking Intergenerational patterns by focusing on the unique needs of children of parents with substance use disorders and children on the FASD spectrum; the role of parents and persons in recovery in breaking intergenerational patterns; mobilizing the entire community to help break intergenerational patterns of trauma and substance use disorders. You will learn about successful programs in breaking intergenerational patterns in Iceland, Native American, Metropolitan, and rural communities. 

Presenter: Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Click the link below and use passcode &Ta81SA4 to access the recording. Please feel free to use the slides to accommodate you through this webinar.

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The Three Ingredients of Successful Collaboration: Process, Power, Platform

Collaboration can foster profound improvements in community health and well-being. Collaboration only works when designed to generate high levels of emotional commitment and sustains that commitment long enough for it to be contagious. An essential task of network leadership is designing collaborative processes and vigilantly monitoring process quality to sustain a commitment to effective implementation. Drawing on twenty years of field research across public and education contexts, Hicks will discuss three common ingredients of successful collaboration: the presence of an open and credible process motivating social cooperation, a feeling of authentic power that generates and sustains stakeholder commitment, and the use of platforms that engender emotional contagion.

This webinar recording, guest facilitated by Dr. Darrin Hicks, is being made available with CEUs through the Prevention First Leadership Center. The webinar aired live on November 18, 2021. The recording is approximately 1.5 hours.

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The Science of Networks

During these complex times of change and transition within the healthcare environment, we need to know more about how to strategically build robust networks and measure and evaluate our networks' effectiveness. In this webinar, Dr. Danielle Varda, Associate Professor at the University of Denver and Founder/CEO of Visible Network Labs, shares her expert knowledge on applied network science, with specific expertise in health, public health, and educational system approaches. Click the link below and use passcode +9Au1Rk. to access the recording.

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The Science of Stigma

Stigma is a barrier to progress on several social issues relevant to those working in the fields of public health, prevention, mental health, and substance misuse. Many people in need of services do not access them because of perceived stigma. In this webinar, Dr. Kari Finley, Research Scholar and Center Manager at the Montana State University Center for Health and Safety Culture, discusses how stigma negatively influences a variety of health conditions and ways to reduce stigma and grow a culture that supports health and safety for all. Click the link below and use passcode 3PvSw?5c to access the recording.

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Prevention First Professional Development for Leadership Center Site Directors/Staff

Collaborating with Key Stakeholders

Overview of Strategic Planning

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse