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Note from Marianne King -

This course is a free, self-paced, on-line Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention course.

The registration deadline is June 8, 2018. Once registered, participants will receive an email to the course access information.  Be sure to pass this along to any and all you think may be interested in attending.

If you are a new grantee (have not received  SABG funding for the last two consecutive years), or are new to your agency in a prevention program role, or you are seeking CPS credits for renewal,  PLEASE take advantage of this course.

REMEMBERThis is one of two required courses for the Provisional Prevention Specialist credential (PPS).  Beginning July 1, 2018 at least one staff member in each new agency or organization receiving grant funding from ODP that is delivering direct services or coalition activities will need to hold the PPS credential.  New grantees will have 120 days after receiving a NOA of Substance Abuse Block Grant funds from ODP to complete this course, however it is not clear when the next free offering may be scheduled.

Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics

Dates: Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 22, 2018


 Audience:  Strategic Prevention Framework sub-recipients, prevention providers, and prevention coalition partners


 Description:  This foundational course offers practitioners new to the field of substance abuse prevention, or working in related fields, an introduction to the history of prevention, key concepts and definitions, specific drug effects, and a glimpse into the effects of substance use and addiction on the brain. Regardless of the settings where you work, this information will help to prepare you to prevent substance abuse and promote positive mental health.


 What Does Participation Entail?  This course will take approximately five hours to complete, though timing will vary depending on your familiarity with the content, learning style, and competing demands on your time. Participants will be provided with access information following registration.


 Accreditation: This course is endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) for Prevention Specialist certification or re-certification. On passing the assessment at the end of this course (80% correct), participants will receive a Certificate of Completion which they can submit to their respective credentialing authorities.


 Registration:  Please register by June 8 at:

Once you have registered, we will provide you with the course access letter 2-3 days prior to the course start date.


Questions?  Please contact Clarissa Lam Yuen ( for technical issues and Janet Porter ( with other questions.

Check out the SABG Training Calendar for all training opportunities.


The Office of Drug Policy is pleased that the state 2016 Substance Abuse Prevention Needs Assessment is now available! Please take a moment to review the document to learn more about Idaho's demographics, use, consequences, and more as they relate to substance abuse.

For inquiries related to the SABG, please contact Marianne King at