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.
- Non-Traditional Partners Help Pennsylvania Reduce Access to Prescription Opioids
- Collaboration Reduces Health Disparities Experienced by Guam’s LGBT Youth
- Vermont Doctors and Pharmacists Partner to Address Opioid Misuse
- Kids Like Us Supports School Children Exposed to Substance Misuse
- MO-HOPE Expands Naloxone Training and Distribution in Eastern Missouri
- South Carolina Partners with Law Enforcement on Naloxone Program
- Wisconsin’s Dose of Reality Media Campaign Warns Residents about Prescription Drug Misuse
- Rural Tekoa, Washington Paves Its Own Way to Prevent Opioid Misuse
- Ohio Partners Work Together to Reduce the Flow of Prescribed Opiates
- Kentucky Partnership Brings PDMP Data to the Forefront of Prevention
- Florida Coalition Forges Strong Partnerships to Reduce Opioid Misuse
- Cross-Sector Collaboration Key to Prescriber Alert Success
- Pennsylvania Creates Statewide Opioid Misuse Prevention Media Campaign
- Unique Public-Private Partnership Strengthens Prevention in New Hampshire
- Oklahoma Tribes Collaborate to Understand Local Prevention Needs
- Local Connections Strengthen Prevention Programming for New Jersey Military Families
- Established Partnerships Help Scott County Address Emerging Problems
- Collaboration Key to Opichi Wadiswan Success
- Omaha Colleges Work Together to Prevent High-Risk Drinking
- KISS FM Radio Helps Amarillo, Texas Schools Take Prevention to the Airwaves
- Boot Camp Training Immerses Clinicians in Military Culture
- Maine Prevention Partners Rally Around Data
- Innovative Funding Model Facilitates Prevention Collaboration in Massachusetts
- Michigan Partners with Primary Care to Reduce Health Disparities
- Working Under One Umbrella: Aligning the Prevention of Substance Misuse and Suicide in Wyoming
- Good Business: Bringing Substance Use Prevention to the Workplace
- Building a Bridge to the Latino Community
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.
- Why Should We Collaborate?
- Levels of Collaboration
- Collaboration Across SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
- Principles of 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.
- Worksheet: Are You Ready? Assessing Readiness to Collaborate
- What Do We Mean by Resources?
- Worksheet: Analyzing Existing Partnerships
- Worksheet: Identifying New Partners
- 21st Century Partners in Prevention
- Worksheet: Assessing the Readiness of Potential Partners to Collaborate
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.
- Growing Your Collaboration: Preparing for Recruitment
- Tips for Successful Recruitment
- Worksheet: Developing a Recruitment Action Plan
- You Gotta Hear This! Developing an Effective Elevator Pitch
- Collaborating with Higher Ed
- Tips for Ensuring a Culturally Competent Collaboration
- Primary Care 101: A Glossary for Prevention Practitioners
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.
- Worksheet: Creating a Memorandum of Agreement
- Beginning Your Collaboration: Tips for a Safe and Satisfying Journey
- Do’s and Don’ts of Collaborative Leadership
- Activity: Determining the Training Needs of New Partners
- Worksheet: Determining Member Responsibilities
- Decision-Making Models: Voting versus Consensus
- Using Social Media to Facilitate Collaboration
- Worksheet: Effective Social Media Planning
- Managing Coalition Dynamics
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.
- Starting Strong: The Importance of Getting an Early Win
- Tips for Healthy Collaborations
- Are Members Satisfied?
- Activity: Aligning Goals and Activities
- Worksheet: Revisiting Membership
- Online Tools to Keep Your Collaboration Ticking
- How Are We Doing? Evaluating Your Collaboration
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.
- Opportunities for Engaging Partners to Prevent Opioid Overdose-related Deaths
- State- and Community-level Partners to Engage in Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts
- Opioid Overdose and the Role of Prescriber Education
- Opportunities for Collaborating with Medical Professionals to Prevent Opioid Misuse
- Preparing for Prescriber Education: Getting the Lay of the Land
- Engaging People Who Use Drugs in Prevention Efforts: Benefits & Considerations
- Engaging People Who Use Drugs in Prevention Efforts: Strategies for Reducing Stigma
- Tips for Engaging with Prescribers to Prevent Opioid Misuse