Making It Last! Sustaining Prevention Programming

Making It Last! Sustaining Prevention Programming

Sustainability planning is the intentional process of looking critically at a community’s current prevention processes and interventions with an eye to identifying and securing the resources needed to maintain positive prevention outcomes.This training can serve as a starting for developing useful sustainability plans, as participants practice applying key elements of sustainability using provided tools.

Please contact us to schedule a training.


State and community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and other public health professionals


Participants will receive a certificate for 6 hours of participation. Certificates can be submitted to local credentialing authorities for prevention certification or re-certification.


Half or full-day

Learning Objectives
  • Define sustainability and related concepts
  • List three key steps in effective sustainability planning
  • Describe the importance of leveraging partnerships and collaborations as a foundation for sustainability
  • Develop a draft sustainability plan using a 6-step approach
Training Content
  • Pre-planning for Sustainability
    • Explores the meaning of sustainability in the context of prevention
    • Highlights the importance of sustaining both prevention processes and prevention outcomes
    • Explores the role of different stakeholders as potential partners
  • Three Sustainability Approaches
    • Increasing community ownership of prevention efforts
    • Changing policies and guidelines to enhance sustainability
    • Focusing on revenue and resources
  • Six Steps of Sustainability Planning
    • Step 1. Examining processes and interventions
    • Step 2. Setting sustainability goals
    • Step 3. Selecting fiscal strategies
    • Step 4. Developing a communication plan
    • Step 5. Working the sustainability plan
    • Step 6. Resolving barriers and identifying next steps
  • Putting It Together: Developing an Action Plan
    • Identify discrete tasks
    • Decide who's responsible and engage them in the work
    • Gather needed support and resources
    • Articulate a timeline that works for you