We offer a variety of ways for individuals, families and communities to become partners in Substance Misuse Prevention. We can assist you in planning and implementing targeted efforts to reduce substance misuse and other risky behaviors.

We believe that early intervention is critical to reduce the development of a substance use disorder. Through collaboration with local community stakeholders, we work to strengthen a positive social norm and atmosphere that promotes health, wellness and resilience.


A coalition is a group of individuals and/or organizations with a common interest who agree to work together toward a common goal. That goal could be as narrow as obtaining funding for a specific intervention, or as broad as trying to improve permanently the overall quality of life for most people in the community.

Coalition goals are as varied, but often contain elements of one or more of the following:

  • Influencing or developing public policy, usually around a specific issue
  • Changing people’s behavior (reducing smoking or drug use, for instance)

(Learn more about Community Coalitions)


Environmental strategies are those tools that target population change, rather than focusing on the individual. Say an individual chooses to make positive changes in their lives (ex. stop smoking). Yet they live in a community where the community norm is the opposite (many people smoke). This type of environment makes it difficult for the individual to be successful. Environmental strategies support the community in creating a norm focusing on health

Below are some of the environmental strategies we use:

  • Alcohol Sellers and Serves Training- (works to decrease sales to minors and those who are intoxicated)
  • Merchant Education-alcohol or tobacco (informs merchants about the laws and provides tools to educate staff)
  •  Policy/Practice change- (Drug Free workplace, Tobacco Free Parks)
  • Communication Campaigns- Mountain Strong


We have compiled a knowledge base of information and prevention resources grouped by audience.

Youth Resources | Parent Resources | Community Resources


Our department offers the following courses.

    • Prime for Life: PRIME For Life (PFL) is a motivational intervention used in group settings to prevent alcohol and drug problems or provide early intervention. PFL has been used primarily among court-referred offenders. The version offered here is 12 hours in duration. This is an evidence based program listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. (Learn more about Prime for Life)
    • Media Detective: Media Detective is an activity-based, media literacy, alcohol and tobacco use prevention program that engages students from the first moment of class until the final lesson. The lessons consist of interactive activities, hands-on practice, and group work that teach critical thinking skills that build cumulatively upon one another throughout the program. Students discover the media world around them and apply these skills to better understand what messages are being sent to them, particularly pro-drug messages about alcohol and tobacco products. It is intended that students then apply those skills in everyday life to be able to stop and think before accepting media messages. (Learn more about Media Detective)
    • Project Venture: Project Venture is an experiential youth development program designed for 5th- to 8th-grade. It aims to develop the social and emotional competence that facilitates youths’ resistance to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Project Venture’s approach is positive and strengths based. The program is designed to foster the development of positive self-concept, effective social interaction skills, a community service ethic, an internal locus of control, and improved decision making and problem-solving skills. (Learn more about Project Venture)