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It is vital to reduce the impact of substance misuse and enhance the behavioral health of all individuals, families, and communities. To do so, EDC uses proven, comprehensive approaches that respond to the complex causes of behavioral health issues including systemic racism, adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and stress.

For decades, we have led initiatives that prepare the behavioral health workforce to provide innovative and effective substance misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services anchored in culturally responsive and trauma-informed care. Our award-winning , trainings, and tools are propelling improvements in the quality and equity of programs, practice, and policies across the U.S. and worldwide.

In partnership with practitioners, community leaders, and people with lived experience, we address urgent and emergent behavioral health challenges across the lifespan. Today, these include challenges—such as and digital wellness—that can co-occur with substance misuse and mental health issues. All of our work draws on our staff’s expertise in cultural responsiveness, the use of data to drive change, continuous improvement, and prevention and implementation science.

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Resources

Here are a few of our resources on substance abuse prevention. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Toolkits
Developed for the Massachusetts Health Officers Association, this toolkit prepares local health department staff to respond to the opioid epidemic.
Fact sheets
To support Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)-funded grantees, BSAS in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Prevention Support (CSPS) convened a 4-part panel discussion on Equity in Everyday Practice between August-November 2021. This document captures the lessons learned from the series.
Toolkits

This case study walks through a town's response to developing an early childhood prevention program by walking through how they conducted a needs assessment and developed their capacity building plan.

Resource libraries

The CSPS resource library provides access to a wealth of information to support substance misuse prevention efforts.

Toolkits

This tool presents a four-step model that state epidemiological workgroup chairs—or others responsible for creating or rebuilding such groups—can use to strengthen or revitalize their epidemiologic

Videos

Problem gambling is a public health and social justice issue that impacts individuals, families, and communities.

Toolkits

This worksheet is designed to help you develop a brief inventory of your partners and how you work with them.

Fact sheets

This online fact sheet describes consultation that EDC experts provided to advance Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (Iowa HHS) staff’s efforts to prepare communities to reduce substance

Toolkits

This online toolkit provides specific guidance for applying SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to the prevention of opioid misuse and overdoses.