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June 30, 2017

If you are looking for the website related to Certified Prevention Professionals (CPP), it is not currently available. The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW)  is launching a new, improved website. In the meanwhile, feel free to contact Gunthild Sondhi via email, gsondhi@theofficenet.com, or by phone at 509-937-2002, for any questions and to request application forms, etc.

Also, note that the PSCBW does not have any scheduled trainings. We hope to have a contract to be able to offer the Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention System Training (WA-SAPST) sometime in the Fall 2017.

June 5, 2017

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) recently updated its dashboard-style report that includes snapshots of frequently requested marijuana data. The new Marijuana Report is more automated than the previous iteration. Users will see new visualizations and have greater access to the data that powers those visualizations.

A list of features:

·         Data fields – Enhanced data points to provide more information. Instead of static numbers, customers can now see those numbers broken out into greater detail and visualized. In addition users also have access to the datasets that are powering these visualizations for even greater detail.

·         Automation – The former report required manual updating by WSLCB staff. The new one automates much of that work, reducing opportunities for error and frees up staff time.

·         Customizable – Customers can manipulate the underlying data to create their own visualizations

·         Update Cadence – Now that the industry is maturing with less data variation week to week the agency will be cutting back on update frequency, this new report will be updated mid-month to reflect the previous month’s data.

·         Future Improvements – This report will continue to evolve over time. The agency is mid-way through a modernization of its licensing and enforcement systems. As we modernize our internal systems there will be better data to draw from.

The Marijuana Report is posted within the “Frequently Requested Lists” section of the WSLCB website. This section includes a variety of regularly updated marijuana data including lists of all marijuana license applicants, certified labs, approved infused products and other information. While the report will still be located in the same spot it will have a new address so be sure to update your bookmarks.

June 1, 2017

2017 Washington State Prevention Awards of Excellence Nomination Packet 

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Washington State Prevention Awards of Excellence Nomination Packet (formerly Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Awards)

The  Awards of Excellence are an opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication and contributions to the  Prevention field.

Please take the time to nominate a colleague, young person, program or organization that have demonstrated Excellence in prevention practice so we can all celebrate their success at the award ceremony during the Prevention Summit in November.

Note the Deadline for nomination submission is September 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. 

Please read the nomination packet thoroughly and if you have any questions contact:

Danny Highley
highld@dshs.wa.gov
360 725 3720

 

June 1, 2017

Nominations are underway for new members to join the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF).

Submit a nomination now until July 3, 2017.

The new members of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) will serve five-year terms starting in 2018 or 2019.

CPSTF Nomination Process

Anyone who is qualified is encouraged to submit a nomination to join the CPSTF. Complete nomination packages must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 3, 2017 to be considered.

Completed nomination packages should include:

  • The nominee's current curriculum vitae;
  • A brief biographic sketch of the nominee;
  • The nominee's contact information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone number; and
  • A brief explanation of how the nominee meets the qualification requirements and how he/she would contribute to the CPSTF. The information provided should also attest to the nominee's willingness to serve as a member of the CPSTF and specify availability (i.e., either calendar year 2018 or 2019)

Nomination packages can be submitted electronically to cpstf@cdc.gov or by U.S. mail to: Donyelle Russ, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS E-69, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

Take action today!

 

June 1, 2017

A new site license by Prevention Plus Wellness permits school districts, colleges, and other organizations to cost-effectively reproduce the evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program manual for youth, and the evidence-based InShape Prevention Plus Wellness program manual for college-aged young adults.

For more information about these "site license permits", that will be available for a limited time, visit: http://preventionpluswellness.com/program-site-licenses/?utm_source=BPH+Contacts%2C+SA+Coalitions%2C+SA+State+Agencies%2C+DFC+Fundees%2C+Schools+Feb+%2713&utm_campaign=4d7bc1392c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44c09e0059-4d7bc1392c-68143489

May 30, 2017

The West Central Community Prevention and Wellness Coalition and the East Valley Community Coalition are seeking a new fiscal agent for their programs.   Each coalition provides critical services in their respective communities to promote prevention of substance use disorders.

These coalitions are funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) and are part of a statewide Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) for substance use prevention and mental health promotion. Eligible organizations include local government, local school districts, education service districts, and non-profit organizations committed to prevention education for the community. More information about prevention and CPWI can be found at www.theathenaforum.org/cpwi.

An informational meeting will be held on June 9, 2017 at 10 AM at West Central Community Center, 1603 N Belt, Spokane. Please RSVP at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PrevProg. The timeline for letters of interest will be discussed at the meeting.

Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested in this opportunity.

Becky Swan,  Certified Prevention Professional
Prevention Coalition Coordinator
Spokane Community Services, Housing, and Community Development
312 W 8th Ave, Spokane, WA  99204

Phone:  (509)-477-4540;  
Confidential FAX:   (509)-477-6204

May 25, 2017

The 2017 NAMI Washington State Conference, will explore the theme of "The Challenge of Change: Promise and Progress in Mental Health." NAMI Washington is seeking workshop proposals which explore a deeper understanding of how we respond to change, and our successes in driving change in mental health, on both the personal and community levels. We seek proposals which touch upon change as a driving force for all populations including youth, older adults, veterans, LGBTQIA persons, communities of color and underserved communities and populations.

Workshop Specifics

Each workshop will be 90 minutes and may have up to a maximum of 3 presenters plus one moderator for a total of 4 people on a panel.  We invite you to propose workshops that are interactive, inspiring, and informative; workshops which will actively engage participants and send attendees away with lessons learned and even action they can take.  We encourage workshop proposals from all sectors of the Mental Health Community: PEERS, Family Members and Caregivers, Mental Health Providers, Researchers and Specialists from across the state and the nation. Proposals should attempt to fall into the following tracks as a guideline:

  • People
    • Personal Change - Changing Lives
    • Resiliency & Unexpected Change
    • Prevention & Recovery
  • Research & Treatment
    • Research Brings Change
    • Changes in Treatment Options
    • PEER Support ServicesTrauma Informed Care
  • Law, Justice & Policy
    • Advocating for Change
    • Corrections, Mental Health & Addiction
    • Diversion Services
  • Systems
    • Community Progress and Partnerships
    • Changing Models of Care
    • Health, Wellness & Integrated Care
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Housing & Employment
    • Public and Private Funding for Mental Health Initiatives

For specifics on criteria and submitting a workshop proposal view the Workshop Proposal Submission Form.  All submissions are due by June 5th, 2017.

 

About NAMI Washington

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and local level.  NAMI Washington provides educational resources and events, statewide outreach, advocacy and affiliate organizational support, as well as no-cost trainings that allow NAMI affiliates to provide NAMI Signature classes, support groups and presentations in their local communities. There are 22 NAMI Affiliates in local communities across Washington State.  The 2017 NAMI Washington Conference is being co-hosted by NAMI Thurston/ Mason.

May 23, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy Fiander, CPWI Coordinator in White Swan.  She was awarded the third annual Champion for Children award at the 2017 Student Support Conference on May 11, 2017. 

Nancy was recognized because of her over 35 years of dedication to vulnerable and underserved youth.  Nancy began her work as a school nurse, and about 10 years ago became involved in a community coalition that addresses youth substance abuse prevention.  She works with the White Swan DreamMakers to promote health, wellbeing, and prevention.  

This award is sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Generations.

Here's a short video presentation from the awards ceremony:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=krMs3NfqnSg&feature=youtu.be

 

This post is adapted from an announcement originally posted on the Mt. Adams School District Homepage.
http://mtadams.wednet.edu/Page/1

 

 

May 19, 2017

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX), is a free, science-based, Reach Out Now mobile application for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink. The app is intended to easily integrate into instruction in fifth-and sixth-grade classrooms and at home. 

Watch this video about the app:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_2vmFXF8g8&feature=youtu.be 

App available from either itunes or Google Play.

May 19, 2017

The Washington State Department of Health has begun promoting a Youth Suicide Awareness campaign called Start a Convo, Safe a Life.

The DOH learned from high school students that it’s difficult to reach out to friends or classmates who seem depressed, hopeless, or unusually angry to ask them if they are thinking about suicide.  The goal of Start a Convo, Save a Life campaign is to help students know that it is okay, even necessary, to start that conversation.

High School Cafeteria Event
As part of this campaign, High School Cafeteria Events will be held.  For this event, printouts of text messages are posted throughout the cafeteria so that students can engage with them during lunch time. There are two kinds of printouts for the event: one set shows messages that students might receive from friends who are at-risk and the other set is possible conversation starters. The printouts can be used in conjunction with posters in hallways and restrooms.

See the attached for additional information, including no cost materials and resources.

If you are interested in holding a high school cafeteria youth suicide prevention awareness event, contact Sigrid Reinert at Sigrid.Reinert@doh.wa.gov or (360) 236-2843.

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