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May 6, 2021

A wealth of new and updated underage and young adult problem drinking prevention materials are available to download!

For teens and preteens:

For parents/guardians and communities:

For colleges and communities:

Prevent Unsafe Drinking Behaviors on Campus (data visualization)

May 5, 2021

The following is excerpted from the website:

On April 29, 2021 the FDA announced their intention to issue proposed product standards this year eliminating menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. This action is huge, historic, and overdue. It will save lives, especially Black lives. It is thanks to tireless advocates who have been working towards this for decades, and a result of a recent lawsuit led by the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC) and Action on Smoking and Health to compel the FDA to respond to a citizen petition submitted by the Public Health Law Center, the Center for Black Health and Equity, and AATCLC originally in 2013 after menthol was excluded from the ban on all other flavored in cigarettes in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act and after the FDA’s own studies concluded based overwhelming scientific evidence that removing menthol would benefit public health.

This is perhaps the biggest action the FDA could take to reduce health disparities. For nearly 100 years, commercial mentholated tobacco products have escalated the harm caused by tobacco products. The tobacco industry has extensively targeted its marketing for menthol to African American communities, causing disproportionate harm to Black Americans. Menthol cigarettes alone have likely been responsible for more than 10 million extra smokers and 378,000 premature deaths.

It is important to note that the product standards would be enforced at the manufacturing and retail level – they will not involve a ban on possession or use.

Learn more about menthol here and read the FDA’s full press release here.

The full online post can be found at this location:

April 29, 2021

SAMHSA Planning stipends are now available for Communities Talk, a biannual activity SAMHSA sponsors to mobilize communities to prevent underage drinking!

SAMHSA provides a limited number of $750 planning stipends on a first-come, first-served basis to community- and state-based organizations interested in promoting underage drinking prevention. Click here to request an invitation to register, and then copy and paste this message into the body of the email: “I’d like to request a $750 planning stipend to participate in Communities Talk. Please send me a unique URL to begin my registration.”

Please note that invitations will be sent on a rolling basis.

The Communities Talk Quick Start Planning Guide helps you quickly and easily learn how to host a results-oriented activity in your community. The guide contains a planning calendar, a planning checklist, detailed steps to help you plan an activity and share your work, and frequently asked questions about Communities Talk.

Approaches to prevention have changed in 2021, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these resources include:

You can find these resources and many others, as well as information on how to register for a planning stipend, at

Visit the website

April 22, 2021

One-Session Youth & Parent Substance Use Prevention Plus Wellness Programs: Free Webinar

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe substance use Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) screening & brief interventions for youth and parents.
  2. Identify unique characteristics of PPW programs allowing them to broadly prevent substance use while improving the mental and physical health of youth and young adults.
  3. Review research and theory supporting brief interventions that integrate SU prevention with wellness promotion.
  4. List new adaptations to PPW programs increasing their flexibility and practicality for use in-person and online.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Wednesday May 5th                     

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW:


Opioid Prevention Plus Wellness Online Program Implementer Training

Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the critical need for multiple health risk behavior interventions that integrate substance use prevention with wellness promotion (i.e., Prevention Plus Wellness programs), as well as their components, underpinning models, research findings, and steps for implementation and evaluation.
  2. Identify and practice correctly implementing the Opioid Prevention Plus Wellness program to individuals (one-on-one) and groups of youth with fidelity using the program scripts and instructor’s survey. 
  3. Identify pre-posttest surveys and other tools for assessing program fidelity and efficacy. 
  4. Explore strategies and resources for tailoring your program, promoting your program, providing follow up lessons, and implementing your program online. 

Cost: $199/person

Length: 2-hours 

Date & Time: 

  • Tuesday May 4th 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT            

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing workshop

Order workshop:


Prevention Plus Wellness Program Online Training of Trainer Session

Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the goal, objectives and steps for providing PPW Program Implementer Training using the PPW Program Implementer Workshop Agenda.    
  2. Discuss, practice and rate self-efficacy of each training skill, including ensuring pre-workshop training requirements, demonstrating program implementation scripts, overseeing participant’s practicing (role playing), describing implementation resources and strategies, identifying pre-posttest surveys and other evaluation tools and assigning participants a post-training assignment.
  3. Describe and agree to the rights and responsibilities of TOTs. 

Cost: $349/person

Length: 2-hours 

Date & Time: 

  • Thursday May 6th 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT             

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing workshop

Order workshop:


April 15, 2021


  1. List Prevention Plus Wellness Parent Program components and options.
  2. Identify why parents’ communications with youth/young adults should address both preventing substance use and promoting wellness behaviors to improve their physical and mental health.
  3. Explore a 3-step evidence-based model for providing brief messages and goal planning experiences with youth/young adults that integrates prevention with wellness.
  4. Review and practice providing brief tailored messages and goal planning that addresses both prevention and wellness for youth/young adults.


Length: 1-hour

Date: Wednesday April 21st                      

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW Parent Programs:

April 14, 2021

Submit a workshop proposal for the 2021 NPN Conference by Friday, April 30 

The NPN Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal to present at the 2021 NPN Conference. Workshop proposals should fit into one of six (6) possible topics, and address the conference theme, Resilience in Prevention: Opportunities to Adapt and Build for a Stronger Tomorrow


  • Evidence-based and Evidence-informed Programs and Strategies to Prevent or Reduce Substance Use
  • Prevention Workforce Development
  • Health Equity and Cultural Relevance in Substance Use Prevention
  • Community Empowerment, Resiliency, and Capacity Building
  • Drug Trends and Emerging Issues
  • Intersectional Issues with Substance Use Prevention

Visit the NPN Conference website for more information and to submit your workshop proposal.

April 1, 2021

SAMHSA’s eighth round of its Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative is well underway, and the $750 stipends are going fast! There are limited stipends left for the 2021 cycle, and we need your help to make sure deserving organizations do not miss out. Organizations must use their stipend to host an activity before December 31, 2021; this is your reminder to register!


The attached flyer helps to answer common questions; to request an invitation to register for a stipend, please email A new registration tutorial video  will help organizations navigate the registration process.


SAMHSA offers many resources available to help organizations plan their Communities Talk activity or other Town Hall type events.  Check out how-to guides, customizable resources, and more on the Tips and Resources page; and get inspired by past activity hosts by browsing Success Stories. Organizations can also check out the new Virtual Activities Toolkit for ideas and tools to host a safe, engaging, and impactful activity this year.


March 31, 2021

The Prevention 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 in the following award categories:

  • Tribal Prevention
  • Youth Leadership
  • Young Adult Leadership
  • Professional and/or Exemplary Community Prevention Leader
  • Community Coalition and/or Community Prevention Group
  • Contributions to Prevention by an Organization, Business, or Agency
  • Outreach or Implementation of a Prevention Program

We will celebrate awardees and their successes at the award ceremony during the Prevention Summit in November.

Nominations are due Monday, August 9, 2021, by 5:00 PM. Late submissions will not be accepted.  Please review the nomination packet overview and form thoroughly; if you have any questions contact Martha Williams at or at (360) 628-3671.

March 30, 2021

There are some free Mental Health First Aid training opportunities being offered to select counties in Central/Eastern Washington:


For organizations in Western Washington Counties, this site has info on free MHFA training opportunities:


March 29, 2021

Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) Video Programs are highly sustainable, interactive video adaptations of our original manual-based programs that can be provided online and in classrooms.  

PPW Video Programs provide the same content and three-step process of screening, feedback and multi-behavior goal setting as all PPW evidence-based practices screening and brief interventions. 

Each PPW Video Program comes in a two-video set of:

  • Video 1: Screening & Feedback, and
  • Video 2: Multi-behavior Goal Setting.

View a sample of Video 1 of Screening & Feedback in the SPORT (Alcohol/Drug) PPW program: 

View a sample of Video 2 of the PPW Goal Plan:

Learn more: