Through grants awarded to community-level prevention organizations, the Bureau of Substance Use supports effective, aligned substance abuse prevention services that minimize problem behaviors and prevent a variety of public health problems. Find prevention grants the bureau currently administers. 

Substance Use Prevention Grants

Training & Supports

In order to build capacity of the prevention workforce, the Bureau of Substance Abuse promotes and provides state-level supports that contribute to community-level prevention services. These supports include coaching, training, certification and best practice resources.  Each support is described and listed below.

Capacity Coaching

Prevention Specialist Certification

Prevention Trainings

Prevention Guide

The Prevention Guide, created by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Prevention Team, provides foundational instruction and best practices for implementing prevention services throughout the state. The guide offers comprehensive instruction related to program performance standards for service availability and delivery, personnel onboarding and development trainings, fiscal practices, record keeping and data reporting. 

Throughout the guide are useful tips and tools to ensure contract compliance throughout the project period. Each component of this guide has been carefully drafted to assist your agency each step of the way. This guide should be maintained at each agency funded by prevention grants to ensure adherence to each component provided within this document.

Due to the evolving nature of the prevention field, the Prevention Guide will be reviewed and revised by a collective group of stakeholders every two years. This group will consist of, but will not be limited to, Iowa HHS representatives and contracted agencies.