Policymakers & Community Leaders

Operation Snowball

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Operation Snowball

The website for Operation Snowball, an organization that helps youth create and lead organizations devoted to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and encouraging positive communities and leadership. Each program enrolls adult members, but youth lead the school and community based programs.

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Spotlight: Operation Snowball

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of Operation Snowball, a youth-led, school and community-based alcohol and drug prevention program founded in Illinois in 1977 and now operational in several states and countries. Operation Snowball provides local chapters with curricula and technical assistance, but the local chapters, led by youth with adult mentors, are at the heart of the program.

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Patients & Caregivers

Spotlight: The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa, a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth who have been impacted by substance misuse in their families. Launched in 2007 in Seattle, Camp Mariposa now operates in more than 12 locations across the country, providing services to children ages 9 to 12. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Spotlight: Jackson County Anti-Drug Coalition

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the Jackson County, West Virginia Anti-Drug Coalition (JCADC), a multi-agency drug abuse prevention program. Started in 2009 to address growing substance misuse in the region, the coalition includes the local health department and 12 community organizations including law enforcement, youth coalitions, treatment providers, medical professional, civic and religious groups, business owners, the board of education and the local media. JCADC provides culturally appropriate education campaigns, drug take back events,and collects data on overdose deaths and the drugs involved to target interventions and media campaigns. The JCADC efforts have resulted in a reduction in both overdose deaths and misuse of prescription medication in the community. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Project ALERT

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: RAND Corporation

The website for Project ALERT, an evidence-based substance abuse prevention curriculum for grades 7 and 8 developed by the RAND Corporation. On-line training, lessons plans, posters and videos are available for free for educators. Project ALERT recently added an opioid lesson to the core curriculum.

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Patients & Caregivers

Parent Partner Programs: Promising Practice to Keep Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorder Together

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: National Judicial Opioid Task Force

This briefing paper from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force provides an overview of parent partner programs, where parents facing child welfare or dependency proceedings are paired with a peer adviser who helps them understand and navigate the process. Parent partner programs in Washington, Iowa,

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Payers & Providers

Expanding Public Insurance Eligibility Increases Substance Use Treatment Provider Acceptance of Public Insurance and Increases Adolescent Access to Treatment

Source: Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University & Center for Aging and Policy Studies

This summary provides an overview of a research study that looked at how expanding public insurance eligibility led to increases in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider acceptance of public insurance and increases in adolescent access to SUD treatment services.

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Payers & Providers

Operationalizing and Funding Youth and Parent Peer Support Roles in Residential Treatment Settings

Source: SAMHSA & The TA Network

This 7-page report provides an overview of operationalizing and funding youth and parent peer support services in residential treatment settings. The report defines the continuum of services from involvement to engagement, describes the services provided by youth and parent peer support, and provides an overview of financing and sustainability strategies.

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Medicaid Funding for Family and Youth Peer Support Programs in the United States

Source: SAMHSA & The TA Network

This 2020 overview of state Medicaid coverage of family and youth peer support services, prepared by the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, describes the efforts of states who reimburse for these peer support services.

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