Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Training and Workforce Development
Community problems related to substance use/misuse and suicide prevention are complex and often interconnected. Prevention programs must be designed to take these characteristics into account, and the success of program implementation relies on a competent, well-trained, ethical, and professional workforce.
The Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credential, administered through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, supports the delivery of prevention services that ensure that programs are meeting the outcomes identified by funders.
A thorough understanding of prevention and the latest evidence-based practices are hallmarks of the Certified Prevention Specialist. The credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, and supervision, and to pass a rigorous examination.
DBHDID requires that all individuals who are hired to deliver prevention services and are supported with state or federal funding must complete the CPS credential requirements within three years of their hire date.
The following resources are intended to assist Kentucky prevention specialists in developing their skills and advancing professionally.