April is Alcohol Awareness Month

March 28, 2013

Substance abuse is not the only issues facing communities. Underage drinking continues to be a big problem, with almost 11 million underage drinkers in the U.S. today. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a month dedicated to encouraging communities to strongly focus alcohol-related issues.

SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in 2011 that 9.7 million Americans ages 12 to 20 used alcohol in the past month with 6.1 million of those being binge drinkers. That same year, 978,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 needed to be treated for their drinking problem. However, only 63,000 of those heavy drinkers received any form of treatment.

April is month to combat a major issue in every community. This is a time for parents and community members play a vital role in the prevention of underage drinking.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network compiled a list of resources that can help youth who suffer from drinking problems. This is a way underage drinking can be decreased and Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect time for communities to educate youth on alcoholism.



How Will You Prepare for National Prevention Week 2013?

March 27, 2013

This year’s National Prevention Week will take place May 12-18, 2013. National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported week of health observance to raise public awareness of substance abuse and mental health. The week gives individuals, organizations, and coalitions the opportunity to promote prevention efforts and educate their communities and creating strong community bonds.

This year’s theme is “Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference.” The theme emphasizes the prevention of substance abuse and promoting mental health starting with our own choices, which make the impact in our own lives. These choices can set an example for others who seek a better well-being. Our voices – spoken or written – can also raise awareness of issues surrounding behavioral health issues and how people can create healthier and safe communities.

Click on this link to learn more about how you can get involved with National Prevention Week 2013 in your community.


CSHC is seeking five California SBHCs to participate in a new collaborative project called Hallways to Health.

March 26, 2013

This project is being led by the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) as part of a multi-state campaign with Kaiser Permanente known as Thriving Schools, which aims to have students, families, and school staff focus on making healthy choices.

Grantee SBHCs will implement school-based clinical services, health education programs, and policy and environmental change to:

  • prevent obesity
  • promote social and emotional health
  • foster school staff wellness

Participating SBHCs will implement health improvement programs at each of the following levels:

  • Clinical service delivery (e.g., BMI assessments and counseling interventions)
  • School wide health education and promotion (e.g., bullying prevention)
  • Policy and environmental change (e.g., improving access to healthy foods and physical activity for students and staff, adapting school discipline policies to include therapeutic responses to student misbehavior)

Awards will be $45,000 a year for two years. Eligible applicants are SBHC sponsoring organizations, including school districts, community health centers/FQHCs, hospitals, and community-based organizations. Only school-based health centers (not school-linked or mobile) in Kaiser Permanente service areas are eligible.

To determine whether your SBHC is eligible and apply, please download and review the request for proposals.

Questions? Please contact Samantha Blackburn at sblackburn@schoolhealthcenters.org

Deadline: Friday, April 5th, 2013.

Use of Marijuana in College Increases Chances of Dropping Out

March 25, 2013

A new study suggests that using marijuana in college increases the likelihood of leaving school. The study involved 1, 133 college students, who were followed for four years. The researchers found students who used marijuana more than 17 days a month were twice as likely to have an enrollment gap compared to those who used marijuana less that a day per month. The study also showed that students who used marijuana three to twelve days a month were also likely to have an enrollment gap.

Continous enrollment was defined as “being enrolled in college for at least one credit during each fall and spring semester for the first four years,” according to the study. Lead researcher Dr. Amelia Arria, Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health said, “We wanted to look at whether or not drug use interferes with goals students had set for themselves. Our results show that marijuana use is not a benign thing.”

Dr. Arria also found that students who experience symptoms of depression and seek treatment in college also show a risk of an enrollment gap if they use marijuana and other illegal drugs in the process.

To read more about the study, click here.


DEADLINE EXTENDED for FY2013 DFC Support Program RFA Submissions

March 22, 2013

The deadline for the FY 2013 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Request for Application has been extended to Friday, March 29th.

The deadline was extended due to the System for Award Management (SAM) being unavailable until March 25th. All applicants are still expected to submit their registrations through SAM. Failure to do so and their registration will not be accepted.

For more information on the extension and submission guidelines, click here.

Spaces still available for the Erie, PA TOT Workshop next week!

March 20, 2013


There are still spaces available for next week’s TOT Workshop in Erie, PA. This two-day advanced training workshop teaches participants how to deliver and conduct LifeSkills Provider Training Workshops for their organization. Click here for more information.

Click here to register for the March 27 & 28 TOT Workshop in Erie, PA.

Funding opportunity for Alaska

March 18, 2013

Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Community Grant Program for FY14-FY17

Grant: The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, seeks proposals from eligible applicants to provide services through the Tobacco Prevention and Control Community Grant Program. The TPC Program seeks to support comprehensive regional tobacco prevention and control efforts to achieve their primary program goals: to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, to prevention the initiation of tobacco use, and to promote cessation among current tobacco users. The RFP, Appendices and Attachments may be downloaded from this site: http://aws.state.ak.us/OnlinePublicNotices/Notices/View.aspx?id=167296 or obtained from the contact person listed below.

Amount: The TPC Program anticipates awarding approximately $400,000 per organization, per fiscal year, to include approximately 12 regional grantees and 2 statewide grantees, for a total of 14 for this grant cycle.

Contact: For questions and further information, please contact: Britten M. Burkhouse, britten.burkhouse@alaska.gov or 465-4938 (phone), 465-3419 (fax).

Application deadline: April 19, 2013.

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