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May 4, 2023

Mark your calendars for National Prevention Week, May 7-13, 2023!

As described by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), "National Prevention Week is a national public education platform showcasing the work of communities and organizations across the country dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance misuse prevention and positive mental health." 

In honor of National Prevention Week, SAMHSA is featuring a relaunch event...

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May 4, 2023

Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) has just launched an update to the WA Tribal Opioid Solutions campaign, now titled For Our Lives, to support native serving organizations working in prevention and treatment in Washington State. The campaign includes new resources about fentanyl that were informed by deep collaboration with native individuals and...

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May 4, 2023

Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). One in every five individuals will experience a mental health crisis in their lifetime. Many will not seek help due to stigma that often surrounds mental illness. Together, we can end stigma and create a culture of acceptance and inclusion. A variety of resources are included below for community members and providers to use and promote during this month and beyond:

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May 4, 2023

The next learning community meeting (LCM) will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 9 a.m. to noon. The May LCM will provide important statewide updates as we prepare for the next biennium and an opportunity to engage in Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) coalition contract negotiations. Please ensure CPWI coordinators, contract contact, and any other key staff are in attendance. Registration...

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May 4, 2023

The Cannabis Research and Education Program (CERP) held a Lunch and Learn on April 20, titled “Addressing the Risks of High-THC Cannabis: The Public Health & Legislative Saga.” This presentation shares some of the findings from Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) CERP’s High THC Policy: Exploring Policy Solutions to Address Public Health Challenges of High THC Products report to legislature, completed in partnership with Washington State Health Care Authority (...

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May 2, 2023

Please find the 2021 Washington State Prevention Providers Workforce Assessment Survey results. The Implementation of workforce survey goes to all prevention providers (state, local, county, school, cbo) and was completed in partnership with the University of Washington's SDRG. The four large statewide workforce development surveys conducted in 1998, 2003, 2016 and most recently in 2021 have allowed DBHR to measure the changing needs within the workforce over the last 18 years. Results from...

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April 27, 2023

Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) has just launched an update to the WA Tribal Opioid Solutions campaign to include information and resources about fentanyl overdose prevention, treatment and recovery. The campaign, now titled For Our Lives, is a communications campaign intended to support educational efforts around opioid misuse prevention, treatment and harm reduction for native communities in Washington State. All of the campaign materials...

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April 18, 2023

Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), in partnership with Cascade Community Healthcare, will be providing three, FREE youth mental health first aid trainings this spring for Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) coordinators and community members!

The first training will be held on April 28, 2023, in hybrid format in Centralia, WA, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m rescheduled, date TBD. Each training is limited to 20 participants, so...

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April 14, 2023

The Prevention Awards of Excellence are an opportunity to recognize individuals and...

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April 14, 2023

Dear Tribal Leaders,

I am sharing the attached Dear Tribal Leader Letter with you regarding the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) and an opportunity to attend a tribal-specific informational meeting on April 25, about the survey and tribal school and youth participation. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the principal investigator for the Healthy Youth Survey, Maayan Simckes, at Healthy.Youth@doh.wa.gov.

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April 13, 2023

National Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Local communities across the state and nation will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) to host awareness events to educate the public on safe medication return and provide an opportunity for community members to dispose of leftover or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs freely, safely, and conveniently. In addition, vape pens and other e-...

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April 12, 2023

The 2023 SAMHSA Communities Talk stipend is available.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is sponsoring stipends for the next round of Communities Talk to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse, an initiative that focuses on alcohol and other drug misuse that negatively affect communities and our youth. Since 2006, the initiative has provided prevention resources and stipends to thousands of community-based organizations, colleges, and universities...

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April 10, 2023

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 2023 Blue Ribbon application process (formerly Got Outcomes! Awards) nationally recognizes coalitions that create positive, long-lasting changes in their communities by implementing a comprehensive and feasible plan guided by local data. Coalitions will have an opportunity to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards in the following categories: Coalition in Focus, Coalition of Excellence or Coalition of the Year.

This is also...

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April 7, 2023

[This post was updated on April 18 & 24, 2023]

The Washington State Department of Health is excited to release the Request For Funding Application: Community Based Prevention Capacity Building Grant.

The following documents are required to review thoroughly for a successful application submission:

Community Grant RFA
This document has...

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April 7, 2023

Session Objectives:

  1. Identify the physical and mental health risks associated with youth substance use.
  2. Explore the physical and mental health risks associated with other youth health behaviors.
  3. Examine the mental, physical and social benefits of the Big 3 + 1 healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  1. Review healthy behavior guidelines and 4 steps for achieving a more active, healthy and drug-free wellness lifestyle.
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