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September 29, 2022

As announced at the annual contractor meeting, DBHR and CPGSI will be carrying out extensions to the end dates of contracts and programs after reviewing the Minerva data available to date. With some minor adjustments to data entry processes that will be announced soon, we have decided to move forward for the remainder of the 2023 state fiscal year in this way. 

Please see the full announcement on the Athena Minerva page for...

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September 29, 2022

The 2023 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference (WBHC) brings together a diverse group of presenters to share information about therapeutic interventions, recovery supports, promising programs, and policies that advance best practices. Cohosts Washington State Healthcare Authority and Department of Corrections anticipate over 600 attendees in Kennewick, making this a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience, and inspire others. 

As a presenter at the 2023...

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September 27, 2022

Session Objectives:

  1. Describe basic positive youth development (PYD) facts, principals, and evidence for effectiveness.
  2. List three organizations using PYD to improve youth health.
  3. Explore SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness as an evidence-based PYD substance use prevention program.

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/...

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September 14, 2022

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is assembling a list of Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery-contracted prevention providers that are interested in receiving Medication Lock Boxes/Bags to distribute to community members. If you are interested in requesting Medication Lock Boxes/Bags, please email Kersten Tano. Please keep in mind that recipients will need to take part in a pre-survey at the time they receive the lock box and a post-survey 3-...

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September 14, 2022
Washington State is working to create a youth safety and well-being line available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to address youth safety and well-being concerns. This is a follow-up to the initial survey launched in July 2022. We would love to hear from any youth and young adults, including those who did not respond to the initial survey!  
 
This survey will take about 15...
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September 14, 2022

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are once again co-sponsoring the annual Red Ribbon Campus Video PSA Contest. The contest is designed to support colleges and universities in promoting the importance of preventing alcohol and drug misuse among college students. Videos may be submitted from September 12-November 7.

Get tips to make a winning video on Twitter, Wednesday, September 21, at 11 a....

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September 14, 2022

Substance abuse professionals and organizations interested in smoking and vaping prevention and nicotine cessation treatment are encouraged to engage in a new statewide coalition. Washington Breathes is launching as a participant-driven, equity-focused partnership to address commercial tobacco and nicotine dependence at a policy, systems, and environmental changes level. Learn more at www.WashingtonBreathes.org 

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September 13, 2022

Remember that the vast majority of people who experience suicide ideation, access resources and move back into a place of wellness. Resources are available to help. If you or a loved one are struggling, call 988 to talk with a trained crisis counselor 24/7/365. 

For resources for you and your community, please see the attached HCA suicide Prevention Month Communications Toolkit. You can find key messages, specific audience resources for supporting non-English speakers, LGBTQ+,...

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September 12, 2022

The National National American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (AI/AN PTTC) proposes to create a one-year Prevention Fellowship Program (PFP) and to develop and sustain a well-trained and knowledgeable team of AI/AN prevention professionals who understand and exemplify the principles and best practices of substance use prevention across the lifespan. 

The National AI/AN PTTC PFP program will be designed to prepare Native prevention fellows to...

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September 9, 2022

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore a sampling of different models, strategies, research and health problems employing multi-level prevention.
  2. Review the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and Social-Ecological Model for creating multi-level youth substance use and violence  prevention strategies.
  3. Examine the Prevention Plus Wellness Model of multi-level prevention interventions addressing youth substance use and healthy behaviors.
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September 2, 2022

Tribal and Urban Native representatives are invited to share their perspectives on wilderness therapy programs as part of a legislative research assignment. 

For some background, the legislature has directed the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) to study wilderness therapy programs. The intent of this assignment is exploratory and aims to gather information about what wilderness therapy programs are, their...

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September 1, 2022
The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan conducts an annual survey completed by students in grades 8, 10 and 12. A subset of that group is tracked through adulthood. Their headline finding of the Monitoring the Future survey this year was that marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults 19 to 30 years old reached all-time high in 2021. 
 
Other key findings for young adults...
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September 1, 2022

Red Ribbon Week, which is observed annually on October 23-31, highlights the importance of preventing drug abuse in our nation’s schools and communities and committing to living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. It began after people started wearing red ribbons honoring Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena following his murder in 1985.

One of the ways in which you can help...

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August 29, 2022

A new brief, Responding to the Current Youth Mental Health Crisis and Preventing the Next One, summarizes a three-day workshop of the same name by the ...

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August 29, 2022

The Art and Science of Community Organizing Training (ASCOT) will be offered two more times in 2022. Each session lasts for six consecutive weeks from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and costs $850, with scholarships available. 

The ASCOT curriculum includes:

  • Four cross-cutting themes
  • Six tool boxes
  • Daily showcases
  • Learning Coalitions
  • Collection of online resources
  • Small group activities in breakout rooms
  • ...
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