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January 13, 2022

The University of Washington's Addictions, Drugs, and Alcohol Institute (ADAI) released two new resources: a report on increasing opioid deaths and a webpage supporting a new state law.

The report is self-descriptive: Dramatic Increases in Opioid Overdose Deaths Due to Fentanyl Among Young People in Washington

The SB 5195-WA...

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January 13, 2022

The SIOL Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal to present at the 2022 Say It Out Loud Conference on May 26. Workshop proposals should fit into one of five (5) possible categories: Adult, Youth, Elder, Advanced/Clinical/Specialized, or Fundamentals and address the conference theme, "We Are Family" to honor and recognize the many structures and diverse expression of families there are,...

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January 13, 2022

Since 2011, with your help,Strengthing Famiies Washinton has honored 281 parents and caregivers in Washington for the roles they have taken with their families, schools and communities. They have been recognized because they have shown strength, courage and empathy in their communities. This year, parents and primary caregivers have been called upon more than ever to be the buffer for the traumatic experiences that our world has been facing and we want to show our appreciation. Please help...

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January 10, 2022

The Prevention Voices WA Policymaker Engagement Toolkit is here! Share the information with your networks, and watch the videos as a group. The toolkit consists of:

  1. The Policymaker Engagement Guide from Healthy Gen. (Scroll to “Learn more about the legislative process.”)
  2. A four-part mini-webinar series on WA Legislature 101....
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January 10, 2022

The Washington State Department of Health is pleased to announce two Request for Funding Applications (RFA) for the Youth Cannabis & Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program. YCCTPP will provide funds to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes to address youth cannabis and commercial tobacco use in the community and/or one of the state’s priority populations.

DOH anticipates funding nine local community organizations throughout the state for their regional...

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January 5, 2022

In conjunction with the Prevention Research Sub-Committee, DBHR’s Prevention Section created three research briefs on emerging substance use and mental health promotion topics. The briefs highlight the benefits and uses of Prevention Science and can be shared with statewide partners. The three briefs, titles, below, are attached.

  1. Costs and Benefits of Substance Use Prevention and Behavioral Health Promotion
  2. Access, Availability,...
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January 5, 2022

The Washington State Department of Health is recruiting young people living in Washington for a Youth Advisory Council. Members of the council will be asked to serve for about a year starting in 2022, and will help the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Unit make programming decisions. More information about meetings, expectations, and...

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January 5, 2022

Cannabis legalization in WA state brought a flurry of manufactured products that contain highly concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid responsible for cannabis' mind-altering effects. In response, the University of Washington's Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) has been contracted by the Washington Health Care Authority (mandated by ESSB 5092) to explore and suggest policy solutions to the public health challenges associated with...

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December 20, 2021

Where does culture intersect with prevention in your community? Submit photos and videos that demonstrate this relationship and/or a brief video testimonial that speaks to your coalition’s unique approaches to prevention given your community’s composition. You could be featured as part of our Forum Cultural Experience, where we will champion the diversity of our field throughout the country and globally. Deadline for submission is December 31, 2021.

To submit...

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December 17, 2021

What is involved?  The Review Team reviews the previous year’s Overview and Nomination Packet documents during January and February, making suggestions on improvements, suggestions on how to market the awards to encourage more participation, and to make suggestions on how to simplify the nomination process.  Any meetings are via Microsoft Teams.  Award nominations are accepted during the April – August time frame; there is no Review Team meetings or duties...

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December 9, 2021

Elks Drug Awareness Program (DAP) released three episodes series of family discussion around drugs and alcohol use called “Awkward Conversations”, on their...

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December 8, 2021

Each year the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery compiles and submits an Annual Synar Report (ASR) to the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The report is currently available for public review.  If you wish to submit a comment after reading the report, it must be received by 8:00am (pacific) on Monday, December 27...

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December 6, 2021

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing published new material for providers, educators, and adults to use when reaching out to youth about substance use. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they explored which practices and tactics resonate the best with youth, and developed the ...

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December 6, 2021

YOUTH PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH (YPAR) PROGRAM TRAINING & COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE:

Interested in learning how to implement participatory action research with youth in your community? We invite you to join us for this upcoming YPAR training series! Those who participate in the training will gain access to:

  • A FREE digital copy of the 4-H YPAR curriculum to use in your communities
  • 4 training sessions on YPAR with guidance of experienced...
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October 31, 2021

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery has identified funding to provide financial support for prevention partners to attend CADCA’s  ...

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