The Value of Prevention Specialists


Are you looking for a credentialed professional to support you in planning and implementing programs for youth, families, and community members on behavioral health and wellness topics?

Prevention Specialists have demonstrated competency in the field of prevention and understand the importance of working with partners to select and implement evidence-based practices that promote healthy lifestyles, social and emotional learning, and positive mental and behavioral health.


To support those interested in learning more about Prevention Specialists – including how to become a Prevention Specialist or how to connect with a Prevention Specialist, the 2021 OCPC Development Fellowship Study Group Members created a series of resources that can be used to demonstrate the value of prevention credentialing.

Explainer Video

This short explainer video is designed to be used with a wide variety of audiences. It explains how Prevention Specialists contribute to the health and well being of the community. It also offers information for those seeking to become a credentialed Prevention Specialist or connect with a Prevention Specialist. How will you use this video to demonstrate the value of Prevention Specialists in YOUR community?

Quick Read

This quick read provides readers with a more comprehensive understanding of how and why Prevention Specialists are an asset to the community. How will YOU use the quick read to demonstrate the value of Prevention Specialists in YOUR community?

Podcast Episode

Members of the OCPC Development Fellowship Study Group took over the Ohio Adult Allies podcast for the first crossover episode! Hosted by Mary Wolff from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, guests for this podcast include: Laura Busler (Marion-Crawford Prevention Programs), Georden Burton (Community for New Directions), and Abby Beausir (PreventionFIRST!) Join us for the first crossover podcast of the Ohio Adult Allies Podcast Series! In this episode, participants from the OCPC Development Fellowship Study group discuss how Prevention Specialists impact public health outcomes. Specifically, the following three questions will be addressed: What is a Prevention Specialist? Why do we need Prevention Specialists? How do Prevention Specialists benefit the community?


For more information on how to become a prevention specialist, please visit the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board website.


To connect with Prevention Specialists across Ohio, please visit the ADAPAO website. ADAPAO’s membership includes prevention professionals, educators, community leaders, and other Ohioans in every corner of our state. If you support prevention in Ohio, you can be a member of ADAPAO.

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The OhioMHAS Office of Prevention Services is dedicated to building a workforce that is capable of sustaining community-based prevention strategies and growing the use of evidence-based practices rooted in the science of prevention. For more information, please visit the Prevention Services page on the OhioMHAS website.