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Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training
Published Monday, April 15, 2019

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's Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). 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 free-of-charge. 

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 credentialing and renewal requirements and CASAC renewal requirements.

In our ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic the Community Ambulance Company partnering with LI Prevention Resource Center (LIPRC) - Family Service League (FSL) the will be hosting a Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) four day training course at Community Ambulance located at 420 Lakeland Avenue in the 2nd floor classroom.  The course will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 through Friday, May 24, 2019 from 9:00am-5:00pm. 

There is no cost to attend and you must attend all 4 classes. There also is a mandatory 5 hour online class that must be completed prior to the start of class. This is the entry level training for anyone wishing to gain more knowledge on or get involved in the field of substance abuse prevention. Any additional information or to register please contact the LI Prevention Resource Center at (631) 650-0135 or by e-mail at More information is below regarding the course. 

Please CLICK HERE for the flyer. Community Ambulance Company is a New York State Department of Health certified Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. 


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