General Prevention Links
The resources listed below provide for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect support or endorsement by the EPISCenter.)
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)
PCCD has the mission of improving the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania and on their website provides criminal justice trends, Pennsylvania Youth Survey data, and information on prevention initiatives, such as Communities That Care, Weed and Seed, and Evidence-based Programs Initiatives.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence - Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (CSVP)
CSPV provides an Information Clearinghouse focused on evaluation of research and information promoting positive youth behavior, education, emotional well-being, health, and positive relationships. Youth development related research and overviews of select Blueprint prevention programs are provided.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Program Guide
A Model Program Guide offers a database of scientifically-proven programs that cover the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry that address a range of issues, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Research materials and professional resources are available to support substance use and mental health services.
Communities that Care (CTC)
CTC resources, information, and survey tools provided through SAMHSA.
Society for Prevention Research
The Society for Prevention Research seeks to advance science-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research. Resources provided include standards of evidence, advocacy guidelines, and published research, and training and career opportunities.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
CASEL has the mission of establishing social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of education.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
The site includes a variety of resources including funding, news, publications, and educational materials for health professionals, researchers, parents, educators, and youth. It also hosts a research based guide for preventing drug use among youth and lists research-based universal, selective, indicated, and tiered programs.
John Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
Created through grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Center brings together academic institutions, city and state agencies and organizations, community groups, schools, youth groups, and faith organizations to collaborate on both positive youth development and the prevention of violence. The site provides resources, as well as information and links evidence-based program listings.
Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI)
PPSI’s mission is to conduct innovative research promoting capable and healthy youth, adults, families, and communities—through partnerships that integrate science with practice. Research on a variety of topics is available, including strategies for diffusion, family participation factors, needs assessment, and intervention efficacy.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
As a service SAMHSA, NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities. NREPP lists programs which have undergone some form of study, whether scientifically rigorous or not, and that have produced outcome findings, positive or negative. NREPP does not establish criteria requiring a level of effectiveness to list programs; rather it is left to reader to make their own judgment about whether the evaluation results represent an "effective" program.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Guide to Community Prevention Services provides resources in the categories of policies, research, programs and services, education, funding, and general use to improve health at a community level.
Find Youth Info
Federally-developed interactive tools and other resources to help community organizations and partnerships support youth. Included are tools and resources to form effective partnerships, assess community assets, understand risk and protective factors, generate maps of local and federal resources, and search for evidence-based youth programs.
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
CESAR Fax provides a weekly, one-page overview of timely substance abuse trends or issues.
Community-Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Resources to build drug-free communities and support coalition development.
Environmental Strategies Resources
Resources aimed at promoting policy changes and substance use reductions through environmental strategies.
Sustainability Primer: Fostering Long-term Change to Create Drug-Free Communities
A primer aimed at providing coalitions with an understanding of sustainability and the role of resource planning to ensure that substance use reduction efforts can be maintained through the demonstration of outcomes and population-level change.
Society for Research in Child Development
The Society is a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, professional association of researchers, practitioners, and human development professionals from over 50 countries that promotes multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, fosters the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and encourages applications of research findings.
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Center for Safe Schools
The Center for Safe Schools serves as a statewide clearinghouse and provides professional development and technical assistance for schools, law enforcement, parents and others on school safety and youth violence prevention.