Prevention Collaboration in Action Toolkit

Effective prevention relies on the active involvement of multiple players, working together to address complex problems. This toolkit showcases some of the exciting ways SAMHSA prevention grantees are collaborating within and across behavioral health fields to prevent substance use and misuse in their communities.

Read the stories and discover the factors that contributed to collaboration success. Then explore the toolkit’s 40+ tools and worksheets, designed to help you initiate, strengthen, and maintain collaborative relationships in your own community.

Collaboration Stories

Collaboration Tools

Understanding the Basics

Are you interested in collaborating—but still not sure what it’s all about? Explore how and why people collaborate, opportunities for collaboration across SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, and some of the core principles of successful collaboration.

Identifying Needs and Opportunities for Collaboration

Collaboration sounds exciting, but is the timing right? Before jumping in, make sure your reasons are clear, your team is ready, and you know where to look for partners who can extend and enhance your prevention efforts.

Engaging the Right Partners

Getting the right partners on board takes careful planning. The tools in this section will help you develop a recruitment plan, make a strong case for involvement, and connect more effectively with specific groups of stakeholders.

Exploring Ways to Work Together

Your partners are on board—now what? Before the work begins, think through how your group will function, how decisions will be made, and what partners need to know—about the project and one another—to be productive and stay engaged.

Keeping the Collaboration Healthy

Like all good relationships, healthy collaborations require attention and nurturing. Take time out to assess the satisfaction of members, revisit collaboration activities, and respond to the evolving needs of the group, as a whole.

Collaborating to Address the Opioid Crisis

To address the nation’s growing opioid crisis, practitioners need to collaborate with new partners in new ways. The tools in this section offer tips for establishing and maintaining effective partnerships, recognizing the unique challenges presented by this crisis.

Last Updated: 10/18/2018