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Youth Educational Resources
YOR California

A Joint Effort by the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. and funded by the California Department of Health Care Services Community Services Division​

OUD Education Materials Comprehensive List

Overview

The following are some selected public education resources for youth, parents, friends, and educators related to the prevention, treatment, and recovery of OUDs among youth. This list will be updated on a quarterly basis. For a list of additional resources, download the YOR California comprehensive collection of OUD educational materials.

Drug Abuse Prevention

Toolkit

Rural Youth Engagement Toolkit – The content contained in this tool kit was created to address substance misuse in rural communities through the meaningful engagement and involvement of rural youth in the process to enact lasting change that will contribute to healthy and safe communities throughout America.
Published by: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, February 27, 2020

Guides

Student Assistance: A Guide for School Administrators – The purpose of the guide is to provide school leaders and administrators with key information regarding student assistance services for substance use and mental health initiatives.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), October 2019

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults – This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults.
Published by: SAMHSA, December 2019

Websites

Campus Drug Prevention – This website provides institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities with these resources to prevent drug abuse among college students. The site promotes the importance of prevention and its role in helping ensure the health and safety of our nation’s colleges and universities.
Published by: Campus Drug Prevention, n.d.

Get Smart About Drugs – This is a resource for parents, educators, and caregivers.
Published by: United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), n.d.

OUD Prevention, Intervention, Treatment​

Fact Sheets/Brief

California Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion Project: Addressing the National Opioid Crisis  – This is a fact sheet about the California MAT Expansion Project.
Published by: The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), n.d.

Department of Health Care Services Addresses the Opioid Crisis – This is a brief describing the opioid epidemic in California and the California MAT Expansion Project.
Published by: DHCS, November 2019

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Hallucinogens – This fact sheet provides facts about hallucinogens. It describes short- and long-term effects, lists signs of use, and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis.
Published by: Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), March 2020

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Heroin – This fact sheet provides facts about heroin for teens. It describes short- and long-term effects and lists signs of heroin use. It helps to dispel common myths about heroin. Access sources are also cited in the fact sheet.
Published by: SAMHSA, 2018

Tips for Teens: The Truth About HIV – This fact sheet provides facts about HIV. It includes information about how the virus is spread and how to prevent transmission and answers common questions. It can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens.
Published by: SAMHSA, 2020

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Sedatives – This fact sheet provides facts about sedatives. It describes short- and long-term effects, lists signs of use, and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis.
Published by: SAMHSA, 2020

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Stimulants – This fact sheet provides facts about stimulants. It describes short- and long-term effects, lists signs of use, and helps dispel common myths. It also can be used by prevention professionals, educators, health care providers, and others who come in contact with teens on a regular basis.
Published by: SAMHSA, 2020

Guides

Opioid Addiction Treatment – This patient guide includes information on assessment, a treatment overview (including treatment plans, patient participation, and counseling), and all the medications available to treatment opioid use and overdose. It also provides links to find a provider and support groups for patients and families.
Published by: American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), 2016

Student Assistance: A Guide for School Administrators – The purpose of the guide is to provide school leaders and administrators with key information regarding student assistance services for substance use and mental health initiatives.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, October 2019

Tool

Well-being Indicator Tool for Youth (WIT – Y) – A tool designed for youth aged 15-21 years who currently are in or in the past have had contact with the child welfare system.
Published by: Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, n.d.

Videos

Know the Truth Video Series – A series of videos about individual’s recovery from opioid story.
Chris’ Story
Amy Story
Kyles Story
Joe’s Story
Published by: The Truth, n.d.

Signs and Symptoms of an Opioid Overdose – A video demonstration of the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and what to do.
Published by: National Safety Council, August 29, 2018

Websites

NIDA for Teens – This site provides science-based information on teen drug use and its effects. This site contains videos, games, lesson plans, fact sheets and numerous other resources for teens, parents, and educators.
Published by: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens, September 18, 2019

Opioids – This section of the NIDA website provides links to many resources related to opioids, research, treatment, research summaries and publications.
Published by: NIDA, n.d.

Opioid Facts for Teens – This webpage, which offers downloadable brochures, includes a letter from Director Nora Volkow, MD and linkages to current relevant Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) publications specific to youth and opioids.
Published by: NIDA, July 2018

Mental Health/Depression/Suicide Prevention

Articles

Depression, Anxiety Rising Among U.S. College Students – This article discusses the rise of depression and anxiety among U.S. college students.
Published by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), August 29, 2019

Health Plans use Digital and AI Strategies to Tackle Mental Health Issues – This is an article about Blue Shield of California’s new BlueSky initiative.
Published by: HealthData Management, December 3, 2019

Fact Sheets

Understanding A First Episode of Psychosis Young Adult: Get the Facts – This fact sheet offers young adults information on living with psychosis. It discusses causes of psychosis and approaches to treatment.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, May 2017

Understanding Depression – Youth Adults: Get the Facts – This fact sheet offers young adults information on living with depression. It discusses causes of depression and approaches to treatment.
Published by: SAMHSA, 2017

Guides

A Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention: Model Language, Commentary and Resources – This document was developed by ensuring that local policies are in line with the latest research in the field of suicide prevention and identifying best practices for a national framework. 
Published by: Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 2019

Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools – A Joint Informational Bulletin (Bulletin) to provide the public, including states, schools, and school systems, with information about addressing mental health and substance use issues in schools.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, July 1, 2019

Poster

Teen Suicide Prevention: We Can Help Us – As part of a suicide prevention campaign, this poster reminds teens that others have had similar feelings and there are ways to get through it. It urges teens to visit the reachout.com website to hear stories from others. The poster comes flat and is 23.5 inches x 17 inches.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), n.d.

Report

Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth – This report discusses mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) influences in several environments; strategies to address MEB in homes, schools, healthcare and policy domains; and guidelines for implementation.
Published by: Suicide Prevention Resource Center, 2019

Text Messaging

Mood 24/7 – uses text messages and a secure website to help people log and track their moods. It provides an easy way to record how you’re feeling and tracks your daily moods to share with friends, family, or a health professional.
Published by: Remedy Health Media, 2019

Toolkit

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools – This toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.
Published by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, June 2012

Website

Girlshealth.gov – A website offering guidance to teenage girls, including recognizing a mental health problem, getting help, and talking to parents.
Published by: Office of Women’s Health, n.d.

Commands