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

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


This toolkit showcases some of the exciting ways prevention professionals are collaborating across communities and behavioral health fields to prevent substance use and misuse and promote overall health and wellness in their communities.


This online tool provides guidance for applying the Strategic Prevention Framework process to the prevention of alcohol misuse and abuse.

Developed for the Massachusetts Health Officers Association, this toolkit prepares local health department staff to respond to the opioid epidemic.
Resource libraries

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


The Center for Strategic Prevention Support (CSPS) developed this guidance document to assist efforts in preventing and reducing underage drinking and other drug use in Massachusetts.


This guide is intended to bridge the gap between reducing and preventing drug use among college students.


The Center for Strategic Prevention Support (CSPS) at EDC developed this interactive communications toolkit to help substance abuse prevention practitioners create clear, accurate messages that wou


This resource is designed to help suicide prevention programs in state, tribal, campus, and community settings build and strengthen connections with their substance abuse prevention and treatment counterparts.

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.