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Tool: 21st Century Partners in Prevention

This tool offers a comprehensive list of community stakeholder groups, highlighting the ways that “non-traditional” partners can enhance prevention efforts.

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Tool: Activity: Aligning Goals and Activities

This activity can help teams assess the degree to which member activities align with the collaboration’s overall purpose and goals.

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Tool: Activity: Determining the Training Needs of New Partners

Use this activity to identify and prioritize the knowledge and training needs of your collaboration partners.

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Tool: Are Members Satisfied?

Regular assessments of member satisfaction can help you increase member engagement, improve group cohesion, and refine group processes and procedures.

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Tool: Beginning Your Collaboration: Tips for a Safe and Satisfying Journey

This tip sheet can help you get your new collaborative workgroup off the ground and running.

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Story: Building a Bridge to Alabama's Latino Community

Prevention staff from Alabama’s Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services reached out to the state’s Latino AIDS Coalition to better understand and serve Alabama's growing Hispanic/Latino population.

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Tool: Collaborating to Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose: A State-Level Perspective (Webinar Summary)

This tool summarizes key takeaways from a CAPT webinar examining the value of collaborating with diverse partners as a strategy for expanding the reach, and deepening the impact, of activities to prevent prescription drug misuse and overdose.

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Tool: Collaborating with Higher Ed

This tip sheet provides an introduction to key players involved in on-campus substance abuse prevention efforts, important considerations for working together, and examples of how to engage campuses and college students in community prevention efforts.

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Tool: Collaboration Across SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework

This tool presents opportunities for collaborating at each step of the SPF.

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Story: Collaboration Key to Opichi Wadiswan Success

On the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota, Opichi Wadiswan, a once-struggling youth program, finds its footing when a new director embraces a collaborative approach to implementation.

Story: Cross-Sector Collaboration Key to Prescriber Alert Success

In North Carolina, the Burke Substance Abuse Network’s approach to creating and implementing a prescriber alert system offers a model for other communities looking to reduce overprescribing of opioids.

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Tool: Decision-Making Models: Voting versus Consensus

This chart compares two common decision-making approaches—voting and consensus. Which method or combination of methods is best for your team?

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Tool: Do's and Don'ts of Collaborative Leadership

Access practical tips for leading collaborative teams, organized around five key areas for healthy and engaged groups.

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Tool: Engaging People Who Use Drugs in Prevention Efforts: Benefits & Considerations

This tool explores the benefits of engaging members of the drug-using community in prevention efforts and shares considerations for creating a safe and welcoming environment that supports their meaningful participation.

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Tool: Engaging People Who Use Drugs in Prevention Efforts: Strategies for Reducing Stigma

This tool explores actions practitioners can take to reduce stigma toward members of the drug-using community in order to better engage them as partners in prevention efforts.

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Story: Established Partnerships Help Scott County Address Emerging Problems

In rural Indiana, a long history of successful collaboration prepares the Scott County Partnership for addressing rising rates of prescription drug misuse.

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Story: Florida Coalition Forges Strong Partnerships to Reduce Opioid Misuse

Cross-sector collaboration helps Drug Free Sarasota’s multi-component community awareness campaign.

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Story: Good Business: Bringing Prevention to Wisconsin's Workplace

The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce joined forces with the Wisconsin Governor's Office, substance use prevention specialists, and business leaders to address the growing problem of heroin and other drug use in the workforce.

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Tool: Growing Your Collaboration: Preparing for Recruitment

Effective recruitment takes planning. This tool presents the four phases of successful recruitment, starting with doing your homework.

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Tool: How Are We Doing? Evaluating Your Collaboration

This tool presents some considerations for evaluating your collaboration, common functions to evaluate, and examples of instruments that measure these functions.

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Story: Kentucky Boot Camp Immerses Clinicians in Military Culture

To better serve the behavioral health needs of military service members, veterans, and their families, Kentucky’s Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID), Division of Behavioral Health collaborates with the Kentucky National Guard to deliver an innovative, experiential training for prevention practitioners and clinicians.

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Story: Kentucky Partnership Brings PDMP Data to the Forefront of Prevention

A lasting partnership between Kentucky’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and the Division of Behavioral Health provides access to vital data to prevent opioid misuse.

Story: Kids Like Us Supports School Children Exposed to Substance Misuse

Grassroots program teams up with Frederick County, Maryland public schools to address adverse childhood experiences.

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Story: KISS FM Radio Helps Texas Schools Take Prevention to the Airwaves

Amarillo radio station 96.9 KISS FM teamed up with the Amarillo Independent School District, prevention specialists, and community organizations to bring help and hope to youth struggling with issues related to alcohol and other drug use, bullying, depression, and suicide.

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Tool: Levels of Collaboration

Stakeholders can work together in many different ways, for many different reasons. This chart presents four levels of collaboration, ranging from simple to complex.