Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

Building Our Behavioral Health Workforce in New York State

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention that blends a four-day, in-person component with an interactive online unit. The SAPST was developed by SAMHSA. It is for entry-level prevention practitioners working in states, jurisdictions, tribes and communities, and also appropriate for professionals working in related fields, e.g. treatment, mental health etc. The SAPST training is grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework. It provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. The SAPST training is offered by the NYS Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs) free-of-charge for funded prevention providers. However, the pre-requisite 5-hour on-line training "Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics" is available for a fee from Prevention Solutions. A minimal cost may be necessary for the face-to-face training to cover copying of materials. Individuals working for an OASAS funded prevention provider will be prioritized.

The SAPST prepares practitioners to:

  • address substance abuse prevention in the context of behavioral health;
  • improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework;
  • reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural competency; and
  • sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way.

The IC&RC Prevention Committee has endorsed the new SAPST as an IC&RC approved curriculum. This endorsement provides assurance that the SAPST is applicable to IC&RC’s prevention specialist domains and can be used toward the education/training requirement for IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist credential. The SAPST has also been approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Participants completing the SAPST will receive a certificate for 31 hours of participation which satisfies CPP/CPS initial and CPP/CPS/CASAC renewal requirements.

For more information on what the SAPST covers, you can review the overall agenda. To find out when a SAPST training will be held in your geographical area, contact Prevention.

Intro to Substance Abuse Prevention

Understanding the Basics - Online Course

In an effort to increase prevention training opportunities, NYS OASAS and SAMHSA have agreed to make this five (5) hour training available to New Yorkers distinct and separate from the four (4) day face-to-face SAPST training.

Expect to devote approximately five (5) hours to completing the online course. Depending on your schedule, you may complete the course in one session or over several sessions. To receive your certificate of completion, you must complete the assessment at the end of the course and receive a passing grade (get at least 80% of the questions correct).

This course is approved by OASAS for five (5) hours that meet CPP/CPS initial credentialing (section 2) requirements and CPP/CPS/CASAC renewal requirements.

If you are interested in taking this five (5) hour training , please be advised that the course is available for purchase at the cost of $89. The course can be accessed at the Prevention Solutions website. 

Environmental Strategies

Applying a Comprehensive Environmental Strategy Approach

Environmental strategies are aimed at changing and managing environments to promote healthy choices and represent an important component of New York State’s community prevention efforts. Comprehensive Environmental Strategy Approach is a training opportunity presented by OASAS in collaboration with the Northeast and Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NeC PTTC), provides a comprehensive overview of the role of environmental prevention strategies within the framework of the Strategic Prevention Framework.

The 2-hour training explores three components of environmental strategies: Policy, Enforcement, and Media, with a focus on implementing these strategies comprehensively in your geographic area. Once you are familiar with course materials, open the OASAS Test Portal and take the corresponding exam. If you don't have an OASAS Test Portal login, create an account. Registration is one-time only, takes just a few minutes

The training fulfills 2 hours of clock-hour credit for: 

  • CPP/CPS Initial, Section 2
  • CASAC/CPP/CPS Renewal

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Needs Assessment

Needs Assessment & Technical Assistance Webinar

A two-hour webinar is designed to support prevention providers through how to create and use data-driven comprehensive needs assessments. Using data in the planning and evaluation processes allows providers to better serve their communities, schools, neighborhoods.

This webinar describes OASAS-accepted risk and protective factors, substance use/misuse consumption and consequence data and sources and best practices for using data-driven approaches to create a comprehensive prevention needs profile for decision-making. Additionally, the webinar will help prevention providers to complete the Needs Assessment module in the WITNYS 2022-2023 workplan as well as the Needs Assessment section in the 2021- 2022 Annual Report.

The webinar will support your knowledge in the following areas:

  • WITNYS 2022-2023 Needs Assessment module workplan expectations.
  • Annual Report review and guidelines.
  • Understand and define the purpose of a Needs Assessment and the questions it answers.
  • Provides insight on the questions you need to ask in order to conduct a comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Criteria for collecting data for the Needs Assessment, types of data and identification of proper data to use.
  • Examples of consumption and consequence data, OASAS- accepted risk and protective factors, appropriate and inappropriate data sources.
  • Understand how the Needs Assessment relates to identifying risk and protective factors and how this supports the implementation of evidence-based practices in the communities we serve.


Credentialing Credit

This presentation fulfills 2-clock-hour credits toward: 

  • CASAC/CPP/CPS Renewal
  • CPP/CPS Initial and Renewal
  • CPP/CPP-G Renewal
  • CPGC Initial and Renewal
  • NYS Education Dept. Social Work Continuing Education


Teen Intervene

"Teen Intervene” is a tested, evidence-based program (EBP) for teenagers (twelve to nineteen years old) experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use. Teen Intervene integrates stages of change theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help teens reduce and ultimately eliminate their chemical use.

Teen Intervene can be administered in 2-6 sessions. The last session may include a wrap-up conversation with both the parent and the adolescent, if the teenager agrees for the parent/guardian to participate.

Teen Intervene is designed for trained professionals, including teachers, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who are working with teenagers. 

Parent/Guardian or Community Members

Teen Intervene can also be a helpful training for the non-professional community. Forms and worksheets are provided that guides the interaction between the adolescent and parent/guardian and professional staff member. Research has demonstrated Teen Intervene to be very effective in reducing: the number of days of use of alcohol and marijuana; the number of alcohol use disorder symptoms; the number of cannabis use disorder symptoms; and the consequences related to alcohol and drug use. In addition, teenagers’ abstinence rates increased for both alcohol and marijuana. The results were more positive if the parents/guardian were involved.

To schedule a Teen Intervene training session, contact a local Prevention Resource Center.

Strategic Planning with an Inclusive Lens


NeC Prevention Technology Transfer Center and OASAS held the following Strategic Planning training. NeC Prevention Technology Transfer Center and OASAS held a Strategic Planning training. The Northeast & Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center is managed by the Center for Prevention Science at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University, and serves New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Its purpose is to strengthen the substance misuse prevention workforce through technology transfer activities, including the delivery of multifaceted training and intensive technical assistance to improve knowledge and skills in prevention science and evidence-based prevention practices.

This presentation fulfills 1.5-clock-hour credits toward: 

  • CPP/CPS Initial
  • CASAC/CPP/CPS Renewal


Ready to take the test and receive credentialing credit? Continue below.