Coalition Strategies


Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for individuals who are at risk of developing substance use disorders, before more severe consequences occur. The Coalition’s Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment SBIRT project is focused on implementation of SBIRT in schools through school nurses & counselors.

PreventionFIRST! in collaboration with the Hamilton County Educational Service Center conducted a free SBIRT training webinar on February 6, 2013.  The webinar examined the need and effectiveness of SBIRT in schools, and targeted medical professionals who interact with youth in schools to include nurses, doctors, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, school administrators and related service providers. The training was conducted by Janice Dyehouse, BSN, MSN, PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing.  View a recording of the webinar here.

UHCAN Ohio (Universal Health Care Action Network) and Norwood City Schools presented a webinar on December 15th called "Introduction to SBIRT and How to implement it in Schools." They discuss how SBIRT can be applied in schools, Norwood City Schools SBIRT implementation process, and the results after implementation. Click here  to view the webinar and a copy of the powerpoint.  If you are interested in the SBIRT Toolkit for Schools that was created by PreventionFIRST! please contact to place your order. 

For more information or to bring SBIRT to your school, please contact Christi Valentini-Lackner, Program Manager, at 513-751-8000 or

Community Event Best Practices

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Social Host Ordinance Toolkit and Training

2013 Thursday Night Lights Football Game

Well-meaning parents often host drinking parties on behalf of their children because they consider teen drinking inevitable and that their supervision can ensure the safety of the children involved. Truth is, once revelers start drinking and the party begins to grow in size, it can quickly spiral out of control and lead to devastat­ing consequences.

The purpose of this toolkit is to describe, in plain language, how to plan for, implement, and evaluate a Social Host Ordinance in your community. Our intent is to provide a generic framework which can be applied to any community setting. Many of the resources and supports discussed in this toolkit are available at no cost. The breadth and strength of your partnership is key. Good partners are able to bring resources to the project from their own organizations. 

Social Host ordinances give communities a practical tool for holding adults accountable for underage drinking. These laws allow law enforcement to cite the individual who hosts an underage drinking party on their property. Laws that prohibit furnishing alcohol to youth under 21 can be hard to enforce. With social host liability, the focus is on where the drinking takes place, rather than who provided the alcohol.

Social Host Ordinance Toolkit Training

The training focuses on how to use the toolkit to assist in implementing a social host ordinance related to underage drinking in your community. Participants will gain knowledge on resources and partnerships needed to gain support for implementing an ordinance. Training will also include: the importance of collaboration; how to use the toolkit's resources; how to recognize situations in which adults are buying alcohol for underage youth or hosting parties; mobilizing your community; educating adults about the ramifications for hosting a party for youth; and understanding alcohol laws.

For more information or to purchase a toolkit, contact DeAnna Shores, Manager, Environmental Prevention at  or 513-751-8000.

Young Adult Strategy

The Hamilton County Mental Health Recovery Services Board in partnership with PreventionFIRST! underwent a strategic planning process aimed at decreasing the number of 18-25 year olds engaged in the high risk use of alcohol. With funding from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, community partners and young adults from Hamilton County formed the Strategic Prevention Framework-Statewide Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council followed the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), a community-based planning process developed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that assists communities to develop the infrastructure needed for a community-based, public health approach leading to effective and sustainable reductions in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse. The planning process is intended to build a sustainable, culturally and linguistically competent alcohol and other drug infrastructure in Hamilton County.

Young adults interested in being a part of the Advisory Council can contact PreventionFIRST! Nicole Schiesler, Director, Coalition Strategies at or 513-751-8000.