What is Assessment?
- You are measuring the substance use and related problems of substance use in your community
- It is a review of resources, gaps, and readiness of your community
- Assessment then leads to recommendations regarding community priorities
It answers the question, "What is going on in my community?" More specifically, it identifies:
- How big and what type of a substance use problem do I have in my community?
- What resources currently exist in my community that are addressing the identified problems related to substance abuse?
- What is supporting the substance abuse problem in my community?
- How ready is my community for prevention?
You will first need to identify your community - is it a city, school, district, county? Then look at assessing the issues impacting your community
Tools you may use to assess your community:
- The Anti Drug (Office of National Drug Control Policy)
- Prevention Platform
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Center for Application of Substance Abuse Technologies
- Center for Application of Prevention Technologies
- Higher Education Center for AOD Abuse and Violence Prevention
- Brain scans, studies
- Western Center for Applied Prevention Technology (WestCAPT)
- Prescription Pain Management and Education (Health Department)
- Connected Communities
- CSAP Prevention Pathways - Online Courses