Substance Use Prevention Professionals

IDHS SUPP Grantee Guidance & Resources
SUPP Programmatic Requirements & Resources
FY 20 SUPP Program

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 Public Awareness Campaigns

A Dose of Truth


A Dose of Truth Material Guidelines and Downloads

Naloxone NOW: Stand Against Opioid Overdose

Download Toolkit "Emergency Tools"

Download Toolkit "What is Naloxone"

Download Toolkit "Naloxone Saves Lives"

Guard and Discard Campaign

Printed Materials
Social Media Materials

Ending Opioid Misuse Campaign

National Prevention Week 2020

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:

  • Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing the effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs; 
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and
  • Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.

Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2020 daily themes are:

Monday, May 11: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse


Tuesday, May 12: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse


Wednesday, May 13: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use


Thursday, May 14: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)


Friday, May 15: Preventing Suicide

For resources to plan your next National Prevention Week, visit SAMHSA's National Prevention Week website.

SUPP Providers: Submit your NPW events HERE! We will advertise them on the Prevention First Homepage.

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

Click to view or download documents.

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, 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.

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.
Community Development
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.
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.
Familyeducation offers practical guidance, grade-specific information and family activities to help parents positively influence their children’s education and overall development.
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.
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.
Government Resources
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is a component of the Executive Office of the President which works to reduce drug use and its consequences by leading and coordinating the development, implementation, and assessment of U.S. drug policy. 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (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 Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) is the state's lead agency for addressing the profound personal, social and economic consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse.
Illinois Helpline for Opioids & Other Substances The Illinois Department of Human Services supports and offers treatment services for substance use disorders 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 Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides traffic safety information on airbags, alcohol/DUI, child safety and seat belts.
Illinois Secretary of State 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 Office of the Governor includes a newsroom, FOIA information/contacts, request links, and a fair tax calculator. 
Illinois General Assembly details current legislation, session schedules and Illinois statutes and laws. includes information about Illinois state government, tourism and trade.
The Addiction Recovery Management Services Unit (ARMSU) of the Illinois Department of Corrections provides extensive training, clinical supervision, and education to IDOC, vendor, and other local and state agency staff.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides consolidated fact sheets, collection options, useful partner links and other information on the disposal of medications.
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.
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice.
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) is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization representing the interests of community behavioral healthcare agencies in the state of Illinois. 
Chicago Sun-Times - 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 - 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 - 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.
National Mentoring Resource Center - Youth mentoring programs can use the Center to apply for no-cost training and technical assistance and access high-quality program implementation resources, including tools, program curricula, and training materials.
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.
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.
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.