What is Predictable is Preventable… that’s where YOU come in.
Substance Use/Mental Health Prevention — how Individuals, Families, and Communities can support it.
Communities are made up of sectors that when strategically aligned have proven to be successful when collaborating with one another in efforts to create a safe and healthy environment for community members.
A community that promotes coordination and collaboration can transform themselves and make efficient use of community resources and achieve real outcomes where each works together toward a common goal of bringing awareness through education, shattering stigmas by sharing stories, and providing resources commonly associated with substance use/mental health disorders.
Community Sectors below:
For more information on the Seven Strategies for Community Change
Even in the presence of the most favorable circumstances, the journey into and through the teenage years is a perilous period in lifespan development. A few of the most hazardous behaviors confronted during this period involves substance use/mental health concerns.
While prevention is aimed at reducing substance abuse among youth and bringing awareness of mental health concerns is of utmost importance, over time, reducing substance abuse among adults is also important. Addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse is equally important.
Individuals do not become involved with substances solely on the basis of personal characteristics. They are influenced by a complex set of factors, such as institutional rules and regulations, community norms, mass media messages and the accessibility of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
When a multi-strategy effort is implemented, communities can contribute to achieving population-level change by focusing on multiple sectors to make a difference communitywide. Environmental strategies are effective in modifying the settings where a person lives, which plays a part in how that person behaves.
Prevention works when individuals, families, and community sectors come together to take action. Often, community problems/issues are too large and complex for any one agency, organization, or any one sector of the community. By mobilizing diverse sectors of the community to analyze data and implement strategies communities can foster effective programs, policies, and practices to create reductions in substance abuse.
Community Sector Involvement – Education is Empowerment
Keep in mind that the community sectors of prevention resources that are included are just that—suggestions. Trust your instincts. Choose ideas you are comfortable with, and use your style in carrying out the approaches you find useful. As individuals/ families/community members we look to each other for guidance and support in making life decisions—including the decision on drugs and alcohol.
Substance Use/Abuse Prevention starts in the family. Our children need us to engage in prevention education for it to work.
“When people start using at younger ages, the changes in brain structure and function are very, very pronounced,” he explained. “If we could only get kids to postpone their first drink or their first use of drugs, we could greatly diminish the prevalence of addiction in the U.S.”
- Healthy Children, Powered by Pediatricians. Drug Abuse Prevention starts with Parents, Drug abuse prevention starts with parents learning how to talk with their children about difficult topics. Then, the programs offered by your community (school, sports, and other groups) can support what you have started.
- National Institute of Drug Abuse – NIH. Family Checkup – Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs.
- Find the latest science-based information about the health effects and consequences of drug abuse and addiction and resources for talking with kids about the impact of drug use on health.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA-NIH), make a difference and talk to your kids (booklet/guide) about alcohol. The booklet/guide is geared to parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14.
- The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA). Preventing Addiction Changes Everything. One way that addiction and substance abuse can be prevented is through screening and early intervention. Prevention must begin during childhood and extend into later adolescence. Despite the benefits and availability of screening and early intervention tools, too few health professionals, school personnel, and social service providers routinely screen for tobacco/nicotine, alcohol, and other drug use.
- Drugs over Dinner. Change starts with an open conversation. Change almost always starts at the table. Drugs Over Dinner is a toolkit to plan, host, and moderate a conversation about drugs and addiction.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH). Research supported by NIDA has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs.
- Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood – A Research based guide.
- Responsibility.org. Conversations about alcohol happen every day, and a key ingredient should be “responsibility.” Since parents are the leading influence on their kids’ decision to drink or not to drink, these conversations must happen early and often, starting when your child is in elementary school, and continuing through middle school, high school, college, and beyond. Start a conversation.
- Responsibility & Kids.
- Responsibility & Teens.
- Responsibility on Campus.
- Drinking Responsibly & Adults – Virtual Bar, latest science to help you not only get a better understanding of how different factors affect your blood-alcohol concentration – or BAC – on an individual level, but also can help you see how your night could go depending on the food you eat, the water you drink throughout the night, and other important variables. It also helps give you a sense of how long it would take for your BAC to return to 0.00, which we think will surprise you.
- Office of Adolescence Health (HHS), Parent and Family resources:
- Prevention Action Alliance offers several programs that give parents, coalitions, colleges, and universities, and other community members the information, education, and support they need to make positive change.
- Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking educates parents about the health and safety risks of providing alcohol to teenagers and increases awareness of and compliance with underage drinking laws.
- Know! gives the parents and caregivers of middle school-age kids the education, strategies, and empowerment they need to raise children who are healthy as well as alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free.
- Get Smart about Drugs, DEA resource for parents, educators, and caregivers and to increase the public’s awareness about the dangers associated with using drugs. There are three major concepts of drug use prevention research at the core of this strategy: brain developement, perceive drug use as harmful, delaying drug/alcohol use-substance use disorders are reduced.
- Growing up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention. As a parent, you can control many of the risk and protective factors in your home. Remember that parents and caregivers are the most important role models in children’s lives.
- Operation Prevention: Parents can join the conversation with this family discussion starter. Additional information on the warning signs of prescription opioid misuse and a guide to prevention and intervention empower families to reach out.
- Just Think Twice, provides credible information about the harmful effects of drug use
- Get Smart About Drugs, provides valuable drug education information for parents, educators, and caregivers to further help identify drug use, drug paraphernalia, warning signs of drug use, and the harmful side effects of the most commonly abused drugs.
- Campus Drug Prevention, effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on college campuses and in surrounding communities.
- Ask, Listen, Learn, provides youth ages 9-14, their parents, and educators with information about the dangers of underage drinking.
- SAMHSA, Underage Drinking Partners
- Talk. They hear you! Underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
- Too Smart to Start, helps prevent underage alcohol use by offering strategies and materials for youth, teens, families, educators, community leaders, professionals, and volunteers.
Local, County, State Agencies, and Coalitions
Oregon Organizations involved in reducing and supporting Substance Use/Mental Health Disorders
- Clear Alliance, Children Learning through Education and Research – provides educational tools that are cited and sourced with evidence and science-based research.
- Oregon Recovers is an inclusive statewide coalition comprised of people in recovery–and their friends and family—uniting to transform Oregon healthcare to ensure world-class prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for Oregonians suffering from the disease of addiction. Within five years Oregon will be known as the “recovery state.”
- State Law In Oregon: Social Hosting, What does state law say? Many well-intentioned parents think that letting their child drink in their home will in the long-run teach them how to drink responsibly and will prevent them from drinking elsewhere. Early consumption of alcohol in any context increases the likelihood of problems in the long-run.
- Trauma-Informed Oregon is committed to supporting human service organizations and systems to recognize and respond to the impact of trauma on the workforce and on the children, youth, adults, and families they serve. The resources found on this page address a number of different aspects of the implementation of trauma-informed care aimed at improving the design of programs and services as well as the organizational context in which they are delivered.
- Oregon Health Authority, Drug Take Back, and Disposal
- NAMI, Oregon, volunteers bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to NAMI Affiliates. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training, and support.
- Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission is an independent state government agency that was created by the Oregon Legislature to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment services.
- Clackamas County
- Prevention Coalition, (CCPC) is a collaboration of partners representing county government, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement agencies, civic and volunteer groups, health-care professionals, and other stakeholders in the community who are interested in promoting healthy, safe communities and positive youth development.
- Clackamas County Behavioral Health, Supporting the health of our communities through mental health and addictions services.
- Building a Healthy Clackamas County
- The Community Health Improvement Plan/Blueprint for a Healthy Clackamas County is our draft plan for giving everyone the chance to live a healthier life. This draft of the Blueprint reflects 15 months of work by our Public Health Division, residents, community organizations, and county leadership. It aims to improve the health and quality of life of our residents by focusing on residents with the worst health outcomes in order to make our county more equitable.
- Oregon City Together is committed to building opportunities for a healthy and drug-free future.
- Tualatin Together, Uniting the community to engage, educate and advocate for Tualatin’s youth and families to make healthy decisions.
- Tigard Turns the Tides. Using strategies such as youth and adult education, social norms marketing, advocacy, and increased law enforcement, the Coalition has successfully worked to significantly bring down alcohol use by Tigard Youth.
- Lines for Life, Preventing Substance Abuse and Suicide
- Cardinal Families Health Action Network (HAN) is an organization dedicated to bringing health awareness, tools and strategies to students and families. We promote healthy living and support families in making healthy lifestyle choices.
- Keep Oregon Well (Powered by Mental Health Matters) is a public advocacy campaign and social movement designed to reduce the stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health while standing with those who may be struggling with theirs.
- Nat’l Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, is a resource for governors, state legislators, attorneys general, local prosecutors, drug and alcohol professionals, health professionals, community leaders, the recovering community and others striving for comprehensive and effective state drug and alcohol laws, policies, regulations, and programs.
- Northwest Family Services, offers a wide range of programs and services in the Portland metropolitan area. School-based programs include case management, after-school and summer programs, groups, and a variety of services including alcohol and drug, suicide, gang, and child sex trafficking prevention.
- Vibrant Futures Coalition, A prevention coalition committed to serving the North Clackamas area. Our focus is on utilizing resources in order to educate the community, prevent access and to reduce underage drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug abuse among our youth.
- Oregon Impact provides educational experiences to end impaired and distracted driving. With an emphasis on teen drivers and those that ride with them, Oregon Impact works with middle schools, high schools & colleges in Oregon and SW Washington, and attends multiple community events each year to open conversations and encourage good choices.
- Stay True to You. BEING A TEENAGER IS HARD. 14, 16, 18. Every year, it feels like there’s more coming at us. More choices. Bigger consequences. Parents. Teachers. Friends. When everyone has an opinion, it can be hard to hear myself think.
Civic and Volunteer Groups - Community, State and Public Health Support and Safety
What groups in your community are focused on drug/alcohol prevention. Let’s connect-the-dots.
- Knowing which civic and volunteer groups are in your community is very important. They are enormous help and support to grass root efforts, below are just a few:
- Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System (PDAPS) – Oregon. Unintentional drug overdose is a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Administering naloxone hydrochloride (“naloxone”) can reverse an opioid overdose and prevent these unintentional deaths. State-specific naloxone related legislation which is a NIDA resource that also has maps and data on Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and Good Samaritan 911 Laws.
- City of West Linn Youth Advisory Council. The mission of the YAC is to engage a representative group of West Linn youth to effectively serve the City through community-oriented discussions and projects aimed at providing recognition and understanding for the issues that affect both them and their peers in West Linn.
National Substance Use/Mental Health Organizations
- SAMHSA, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration. Promotes and implements prevention and early intervention strategies to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders in America’s communities.
- Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from an opioid overdose.
- Data, Mental Health and Substance Use by state – Oregon
- Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
- Family Resource Center. Parents are encouraged to maintain open communication and involvement with their children and teenage children from an early age, so doors are open when serious conversations are necessary. There are effective methods that support preventing drug and alcohol use.
- National Institute of Drug Abuse, Preventing Drug Abuse (NIDA): The Best Strategy, why is adolescence a critical time for prevention? Mental Health
- Facing Addiction with The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Bringing hope and help to the 1 in 3 households impacted by addiction, and all those who might be in the future.
- Research Recovery Institute, a nonprofit research institute of Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, dedicated to the advancement of addiction treatment & recovery.
- FCD, Prevention works. Hazelden Betttyford Foundation
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
- National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), Preventing Addiction Changes Everything
- Center for Disease Control, Oregon Prevention Status Report. Excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking – learn more
- Communities that Care, help prevent youth problems before they start
- Addiction Policy Forum. Prevention efforts are the first line of defense against harmful or risky substance use. Using evidence-based programs and techniques we can effectively enhance protective factors and reduce or remove risk factors.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse, Preventing Drug Use in Children and Adolescents, The best strategy – Prevention
- Shatterproof. It all starts with scaling up prevention. We have decades of research and many successful programs which prove that behavioral health problems, like the disease of addiction, can be prevented.
- Office of Adolescence Health. Community Programs, Public Health
- CADCA, Building Drug-Free Communities
- Not my Kid, programs (youth & family, inspiring other)
- SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives.
- RYSE employs a core set of strategies that are grounded in racial justice, trauma-informed care, healing, and harm reduction and that elevate the lived expertise of young people. Among these strategies are Radical Inquiry and Base-and-Power Building, which facilitate systems transformation.
- President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction
- Prescribe to Prevent: Here you will find the information you need to start prescribing and dispensing naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits, including some useful resources containing further information about this life-saving medicine. We are prescribers, pharmacists, public health workers, lawyers, and researchers working on overdose prevention and naloxone access.
Alcohol and drug use among employees and their family members can be an expensive problem for business and industry – let’s be part of the solution.
- Mental Health First Aid at Work. Every Mental Health First Aid at Work training is custom designed to fit your company’s needs and objectives. We work with you every step of the way to ensure that your unique training addresses your unique challenges.
- Secondhand Drinking, the other side of alcohol misuse, is the negative impact of a person’s drinking behaviors on others.
- The real cost of substance use to employers.
- Drug and Alcohol Deaths at U.S. Workplaces Soar – Deaths jumped more than 30% in 2016, as the struggle with a deadly opioid epidemic migrates to the workplace.
- The Opioid Crisis comes to the workplace.
- How to welcome back a colleague who is in recovery. It can be awkward or difficult to welcome back a colleague who has been absent for reasons related to mental health. These issues, historically, have been taboo, and are loaded with stigma. It is hard to know how to act toward a colleague who has returned from treatment for a mental health issue. Do I ask about it? Do I pretend that nothing happened? Do I say that I hope they are feeling better? Usually, none of these options feels right.
- SAMHSA, Drug-Free Workplace Programs. Legal requirements (by state), drug-free workplace toolkit, guidelines, and resources.
- Prepare your workplace, Make sure that your workplace is ready for your drug-free policy and program by informing, educating, training, and motivating stakeholders.
- Not my kids, corporate lunchbox presentations. Inspiring positive life choices.
- National Business Group on Health, Center for Prevention and Health Services. Employer Guide to workplace substance abuse. Mental and Behavior Health – several leading employers and content experts focused on mental health and emotional well-being to identify top opportunities and barriers to improving.
- Trauma Informed Oregon is committed to supporting human service organizations and systems to recognize and respond to the impact of trauma on the workforce.
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Work can be an important and effective place to address alcoholism and other drug issues by establishing or promoting programs focused on improving health. Many individuals and families face a host of difficulties closely associated with problem drinking and drug use, and these problems quite often spill over into the workplace. By encouraging and supporting treatment, employers can dramatically assist in reducing the negative impact of alcoholism and addiction in the workplace, while reducing their costs.
Healthcare Systems - Support and Resources
- Surgeon Generals Report, Facing Addiction in America.
- SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. A model for Addiction Prevention in Healthcare, The model encourages mental health and substance abuse screenings as a routine preventive service in healthcare.
- NIDA has launched two brief online screening tools that providers can use to assess for substance use disorder (SUD) risk among adolescents 12-17 years old. With the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends universal screening in pediatric primary care settings, these tools help providers quickly and easily introduce brief, evidence-based screenings into their clinical practices.
- American Society of Addiction Medicine, Included are links to prevention resources that might be beneficial to individuals working in a medical or non-medical role in the fields of preventive or addiction medicine.
- National Association for Children of Addiction. Pediatricians, adolescent medicine specialists, family practitioners and others can act as important advocates for appropriate community and school-based prevention approaches and in educating patients and parent, ensuring that local programs are culturally relevant and appropriate for the various communities and populations they serve.
- Prescribe to Prevent: Here you will find the information you need to start prescribing and dispensing naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits, including some useful resources containing further information about this life-saving medicine. We are prescribers, pharmacists, public health workers, lawyers, and researchers working on overdose prevention and naloxone access. We compiled these resources to help healthcare providers educate their patients to reduce overdose risk and provide naloxone rescue kits to patients.
- Prescribe to Prevent was compiled by several naloxone access and overdose prevention advocates because we have individually been receiving inquiries from providers who want to make naloxone available to their patients, but don’t know how to do it.
- Office of Adolescence Health. Healthcare resources, Screening.
- National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) is a resource for governors, state legislators, attorneys general, local prosecutors, drug and alcohol professionals, health professionals, community leaders, the recovering community and others striving for comprehensive and effective state drug and alcohol laws, policies, regulations and programs.
- American Pediatrics, Most likely, children in grade school have not begun to use alcohol, tobacco, or any other kind of drug. That is why grade school is a good time to start talking about the dangers of drug use. Prepare your child for a time when drugs may be offered.
- Trauma-Informed Oregon, Healthcare Standards Practice
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), NIDAMED, Medical & Health Professional
- Focus on Prevention to Cut US Health Care Costs
- SAMHSA, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration
- Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from an opioid overdose.
- Walmart Launches Groundbreaking Opioid Disposal Solution
Legal Systems and First Responders - Support and Resources
Support, Training, and Resources
- Mental Health First Aid training for Public Service and first responders. What should Law Enforcement DO?
- National Association of School Resource Officers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to school-based law enforcement officers to promote safer schools and safer children.
- Tall Cop Says Stop, You can’t stop what you don’t know.
- State Laws of Oregon. Impaired driving and underage drinking laws.
- Oregon, underage drinking in the home – You should know!
- Marijuana and Oregon, Know the law.
- Police Executive Research Forum, overdoses become the leading cause of death.
- DEA Resource, that not only reducing the quantity (supply) of drugs is essential to a safe and drug-free country, but also reducing the desire (demand) for illicit drugs is a vital component to effectively reduce drug use in our Nation. Growing up Drug-Free – Parents Guide to Prevention.
- The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention’s mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom.
- Law Enforcement against Drugs. We will provide the leadership, resources, and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with our educators, community leaders, and families by providing proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug-related crimes, bullying, and violence. We are committed to reinforcing the mutual respect, goodwill, and relations between law enforcement and their communities.
- National Association of Children of Alcoholics, Justice System & Drug Court.
- P.A.A.R.I. is compiling the collective voice of law enforcement. Are you a police officer, police chief, sheriff, deputy, civilian employee or otherwise affiliated with a law enforcement agency?
- Fire stations supporting and providing an environment for people interested in recovery. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can visit any of Providence’s 12 fire stations, speak with the trained staff on duty, and immediately get connected to treatment support and services. Providence Safe Stations is free and provides a welcoming environment for when you’re ready for recovery.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the Stepping Up Initiative, the One Mind Campaign, and the Data-Driven Justice Initiative, is currently convening a Best Practices Implementation Academy to Reduce the Number of People with Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders in the Criminal Justice System.
- SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is facilitating this effort. Additional partners include Optum Health, the National Institute of Corrections, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The GAINS Center focuses on expanding access to services for people with mental and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.
- National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) is a resource for governors, state legislators, attorneys general, local prosecutors, drug and alcohol professionals, health professionals, community leaders, the recovering community and others striving for comprehensive and effective state drug
Resources, Support, school systems and other state examples of prevention
- US Department of Health, Office of Adolescence Health – Safe School Climates, School Resources.
- US Department of Education, Laws & Guidance
- Oregon Department of Education
- Safe Oregon, gives kids, parents schools and their communities a way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence: prevention is downloading to your phone today! Check to make sure it’s in your School District.
- Be the Difference Mental Health First Aid Training – teacher/coach. Anyone anywhere can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health or substance use challenge – if they know what to do and what to say.
- Oregon Student Wellness Survey.
- Oregon Healthy Teens Survey.
- School Justice Partnership, The purpose of this project is to enhance collaboration and coordination among schools, mental and behavioral health specialists, law enforcement, and juvenile justice officials to help students succeed in school and prevent negative outcomes for youth and communities.
- Helping Everyone Achieve Respect (HEAR) is a set of research-based bullying prevention programs for the classroom that challenge students to adopt respectful personal behavior and active bullying intervention.
- Project Here. Example of state (MA) and looking at the school curriculum to address prevention.
- National Association for Children of Addiction. Every member of the School Community (PTA, School Counselors, Support Staff, Nurses, Social Workers, Administrators), at some time, will be called upon to help a child who is experiencing difficulties. Many of these children come to school every day from homes impacted by alcohol or other drug problems. It is the educators who are there every day for children and they are often the ones who come to the aid of children in their care. The groups of educators have unique opportunities to form relationships with children who need someone to listen and someone to trust.
- School Safety Proposal. The goal of this proposal is to develop a “balanced” three-legged approach to reduce violence inflicted upon our schools. Although it is not possible to prevent or predict all attempts of violence, it is possible to develop a comprehensive Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement model to deter schools from being the target, reduce the easy accessibility, and increase protection of innocent children and school staff. The three-legged stool can only stand in balance if Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement are working together…one approach alone will not work.
- SAMHSA’s Nat’l Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, Protecting You – Protecting Me (PY/PM) is a 5-year classroom-based alcohol use prevention and vehicle safety program for elementary school students in grades 1-5 (ages 6-11) and high school students in grades 11 and 12.
- Operation Prevention‘s classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, these resources introduce students to the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body.
- The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model expands on the eight elements of CDC’s coordinated school health (CSH) approach and is combined with the whole child framework.
- Making Caring Common, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice.
- National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, School Discipline Laws & Regulations by State & Category.
- Alliance Charter Academy, child-centered, parent guided, teacher supported.
- Trauma-Informed Oregon. Information and resources related to specific fields or topic areas, including schools, healthcare, clinical practice, and addressing suicide.
- Oregon School-Based Health Alliance. Our mission is to strengthen school-based health services and systems that promote the health and academic success of young people.
- National Association of School Nurses, Learning Center.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) for Teachers. Find the latest science-based information about the health effects and consequences of drug abuse and addiction and resources for talking with kids about the impact of drug use on health.
- Challenge Success, Strategies for Healthy, Engaged Kids, and Stronger Schools.
- Peace in Schools, transformative mindfulness education.
- Crisis Text Line, School Toolkit.
Media (Articles, Blogs, Journals, Magazines)
- The Psychology of Willful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan. Why We Ignore the Obvious.
- Education Week:
- Drug Use by State, 2017’s problem areas.
- Oregon Faces Epidemic of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
- The Atlantic. How Iceland got Teens to Say no to Drugs – Iceland experiment
- West Linn Tidings:
- Teens educate peers on Substance on substance abuse
- Community Living Above selected for Pilot Community Project
- During the week of Jan. 22-28, West Linn High School — along with about 2,000 other schools nationwide — participated in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week for the first time
- Fentanyl Deaths in 2016 Up 540%
- New York Times. In the meantime, parents looking to protect their kids from addiction should focus less on which substances their children might be using and more on the overall context, said Dr. Nadelmann. “What else do they have going on? Are there underlying psychological and mental issues not being treated? Is the person using this substance as a form of self-medication?” he said.
- Fact-based curriculum, peer outreach for substance use prevetion.
- The Fix, Trending, Addiction & Recovery, Straight up, How does Addiction Affect Families.
- Addiction & Recovery News.
- Prevention Source e-journal. How non-use Student Peer Leadership works.
- Greater Good Magazine, science-based insights for a meaningful life, Keys to Wellbeing.
- Your Teen Magazine, General resource for parents, Teenagers, Drug & Alcohol Advice.
- Huffington Post, The Mighty – We face disability, disease and mental illness together.
- Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, NIDA. Here I highlight important work being done at NIDA and other news related to the science of drug abuse and addiction.
- Mind Body Gree
- Above the Influence, Stay Orginal Be Yourself.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) Children and Teens, get your questions answered.
- National Institute for Drug Abuse – Teens (NIDA for Teens). Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Featuring videos, games, blog posts and more. Brain and Addiction, the more you know the more you’ll grow.
- National Association for Children of Addiction. Have questions? Get answers. Just for kids.
- The Coolspot, The young persons place for information on drugs and alcohol.
- Wait 21, Actions Speak Louder.
- The Herren Project. The mission of The Herren Project is to provide assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs, and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow.
- Project Purple initiative was launched to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and encourage positive decision making to navigate life’s challenges.
- Prevention Source e-journal, Peers-leading-peers in substance use prevention
- Northwest Family Services. Empowering Youth.
- Rise Together is creating a movement of young people by encouraging students to stand up and speak out on the issues they care most about; breaking the silence around suicide, bullying, mental illness, drugs & alcohol.
- Ten tips for Prevention for youth.
- Teen Health, have questions get answers. Whole body health.
- Drugs and Health Blog for Teens.
- Crave 21. As a youth, YOUR choice to abstain from drugs and wait until 21 before considering alcohol can help reduce your risk for addiction by up to 90%. Join us as we campaign to educate and empower our future generations to live free from addiction. The choices and habits we make in our youth heavily influence who we become later in life. Some of the best athletes, entrepreneurs, and leaders attribute much of their success to the choices and habits they developed at an early age.
Resources and support for the Faith Community. Learn how to implement programs, find resources, and support your community.
- Be the Difference Mental Health First Aid Training. Anyone anywhere can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health or substance use challenge – if they know what to do and what to say.
- Shattering Stigma with Stories – Mental Health & the Church.
- Office of Adolescence Health, Faith-based resources, Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
- NACA, Voice of the Children. Clergy and other pastoral ministers have a wide array of opportunities to address these problems and lead hurting families to recovery support and healing.
- US Department of Health and Human Services, The Center and Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
- Prevention Action Alliance, Faith Leaders, and Communities.
- Hope 4 Mental Health. Studies show that when people are struggling with mental illness, the first place they call is the church – be ready.
- The Christian Citizen, Building a resilient church as a trauma-informed community.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). About Faith-Based Initiatives. Publications related to Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
- Adult Mental Health First Aid training. Get trained to help is aimed toward adults who work with young people. Important for teachers, coaches, leaders of faith-based communities, social workers and other caring community members.
- AAPC.org Where Mental Health and Spirituality come together. Pastoral counseling is a specialized form of counseling that uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Pastoral counselors are mental health professionals who possess in-depth religious and/or theological education or training. Clinical services are non-sectarian and respect the spiritual commitments, theological perspectives and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing the counselor’s beliefs on to the client.