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June 19, 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 how to demonstrate and help parents practice providing brief tailored messages and goal planning that addresses both prevention and wellness for youth/young adults.


Length: 1-hour

Date: Thursday June 24th                       

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW Parent Programs:

June 12, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the contents in the SPORT and InShape Alcohol/Drug Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program manuals for high school, middle school and elementary school-aged youth and young adults.
  2. Compare scripts for providing these PPWs to participants individually and in group settings both in-person as well as online.
  3. Review PowerPoint slides and reproducible materials found in the program digital downloads.
  4. Identify online program implementation and evaluation training, resources and support.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday June 17th                  

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW:

June 11, 2021

The Summer Food Service Program provides meals for children during the summer months.

The annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides children with nutritious meals during the summer. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a nationwide waiver extension which allows sponsors to offer summer meals no matter the economic conditions in the area.

Summer meal programs help children aged 18 and under get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow during the summer. This federally funded program is sponsored by many organizations throughout our state, including schools, nonprofit organizations, local governments, tribes, and more.

To find a Summer Meals site near you:

For more information, please contact the Child Nutrition Services department within the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction at 360–725–6200.

June 7, 2021

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: Thursday June 10th                      

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW:

June 3, 2021

The Washington State Department of Health, Essentials for Childhood Program is offering free “starter sets” of VroomTM print materials and technical assistance on how to use Vroom. This is suitable for any organization that serves or reaches families of young children (from prenatal through age five) in Washington State, even if early learning isn’t your primary focus.

Vroom Materials are intended to raise awareness about the importance of brain building and the simplicity and fun of Vroom. These starter set of Vroom materials are intended to help organizations become familiar with Vroom brain building tools and messages and comfortable sharing them with families you serve or reach.

Materials include, but are not limited to posters, flyers, tip cards, and handouts. All materials are available in English and Spanish. Many materials are available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian, Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese and Yiddish.

DOH expect to be able to offer materials to about 20 qualifying applicants, and there is a short application due June 11

To learn about this opportunity and apply:

  1. Review the "Vroom Brain Materials and Technical Assistance Opportunity" description for important information and how to apply.
  2. Apply online OR download this Application Form and send the completed application to by June 11, 2021, 11:59 pm.
June 3, 2021

The Equity in Education Coalition (EEC) is a statewide coalition working towards a more targeted and comprehensive approach to improve educational achievement and growth as well as closing the opportunity gap throughout the State of Washington.

EEC is looking to research mental health access for our BIPOC communities by creating a picture of the number of BIPOC-focused organizations/BIPOC-led organizations, BIPOC current and future mental health providers, and the languages that are available in WA. 

The goal is to use the statistics from this survey to create a policy to provide funding to BIPOC organizations, BIPOC therapists, and BIPOC students. Mental health is something everyone should have the right to access, but does not, due to funding and a lack of providers that can provide culturally humble approaches to mental health. 

If you are a private practice, organization, or group that has predominantly BIPOC employees or clients or an organization that is geared to serving BIPOC folks please take the time to fill out the survey. If you are a student that is BIPOC and will be practicing mental health in WA state please take the time to fill out the survey. After you fill it out, please share it with other students, organizations, or groups you know of. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: or


June 2, 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.

June 2, 2021

If registering for SAMHSA’s Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative hasn’t been on your radar this year, don’t worry. It’s not too late … yet! But $750 planning stipends are going fast. SAMHSA has sponsored Communities Talk events and activities since 2006 to educate communities about underage and high-risk drinking and mobilize them to take evidence-based action.

Ready to get started? Request an invitation to register.

June 1, 2021

Despite enormous progress in reducing smoking, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and imposes a terrible toll on families, businesses and government. Anti-smoking efforts have not been directed toward people with behavioral health conditions as they have toward the general population resulting in tobacco-related disparities.

The Washington State Health Care Authority and Washington State Department of Health are excited to host summer webinars on integrating tobacco treatment in behavioral health. Expert speakers will share their experience, knowledge, and best practices on the topics of tobacco cessation, pharmacotherapy, intervention, youth and adult treatment including criminal justice populations, policy guidance, and integrating tobacco treatment into organizations.

This webinar series is ideal for behavioral health professionals, tobacco use dependence treatment (TUDT) professionals, tobacco intervention specialists, or any public health professional who is interested in strengthening their knowledge and skills.

Webinar topics:

  • The Need for Addressing Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings
  • Changing the Treatment System Environment to Better Address Tobacco
  • Quitline Services & Referrals
  • Evidence-based Tobacco Treatment Pharmacotherapy for Use in Behavioral Health Settings
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Treating Youth Tobacco Use
  • Treating Tobacco Dependence in Corrections Settings


May 28, 2021

Session Objectives:

  1. Explore the health behavior content of the six-session SPORT 2 Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs for use by prevention, health education and physical education teachers. 
  2. Compare scripts for providing these PPWs to high school, middle school and elementary school youth individually and in group settings, both in-person as well as online.
  3. Review program manuals, PowerPoint slides and reproducible materials found in the program digital downloads.
  4. Identify online program implementation and training of trainer workshop opportunities for teachers and other professionals.
  5. Describe how PPW programs address National Health Education Standards.


Length: 60 minutes 

Date: Thursday June 3rd                    

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about SPORT 2 PPW Programs: