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April 15, 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 and practice providing brief tailored messages and goal planning that addresses both prevention and wellness for youth/young adults.


Length: 1-hour

Date: Wednesday April 21st                      

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW Parent Programs:

April 14, 2021

Submit a workshop proposal for the 2021 NPN Conference by Friday, April 30 

The NPN Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal to present at the 2021 NPN Conference. Workshop proposals should fit into one of six (6) possible topics, and address the conference theme, Resilience in Prevention: Opportunities to Adapt and Build for a Stronger Tomorrow


  • Evidence-based and Evidence-informed Programs and Strategies to Prevent or Reduce Substance Use
  • Prevention Workforce Development
  • Health Equity and Cultural Relevance in Substance Use Prevention
  • Community Empowerment, Resiliency, and Capacity Building
  • Drug Trends and Emerging Issues
  • Intersectional Issues with Substance Use Prevention

Visit the NPN Conference website for more information and to submit your workshop proposal.

April 1, 2021

SAMHSA’s eighth round of its Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative is well underway, and the $750 stipends are going fast! There are limited stipends left for the 2021 cycle, and we need your help to make sure deserving organizations do not miss out. Organizations must use their stipend to host an activity before December 31, 2021; this is your reminder to register!


The attached flyer helps to answer common questions; to request an invitation to register for a stipend, please email A new registration tutorial video  will help organizations navigate the registration process.


SAMHSA offers many resources available to help organizations plan their Communities Talk activity or other Town Hall type events.  Check out how-to guides, customizable resources, and more on the Tips and Resources page; and get inspired by past activity hosts by browsing Success Stories. Organizations can also check out the new Virtual Activities Toolkit for ideas and tools to host a safe, engaging, and impactful activity this year.


March 31, 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.

March 30, 2021

There are some free Mental Health First Aid training opportunities being offered to select counties in Central/Eastern Washington:


For organizations in Western Washington Counties, this site has info on free MHFA training opportunities:


March 29, 2021

Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) Video Programs are highly sustainable, interactive video adaptations of our original manual-based programs that can be provided online and in classrooms.  

PPW Video Programs provide the same content and three-step process of screening, feedback and multi-behavior goal setting as all PPW evidence-based practices screening and brief interventions. 

Each PPW Video Program comes in a two-video set of:

  • Video 1: Screening & Feedback, and
  • Video 2: Multi-behavior Goal Setting.

View a sample of Video 1 of Screening & Feedback in the SPORT (Alcohol/Drug) PPW program: 

View a sample of Video 2 of the PPW Goal Plan:

Learn more:

March 26, 2021

Hello, Partners in Prevention!

On Thursday, April 1, Truth Initiative will be launching a swipe-to-text Snapchat ad campaign promoting their innovative text-to-quit vaping program, This is Quitting (TIQ), to teens and young adults in Washington state.

While this particular campaign will run exclusively on Truth Snapchat and be 'geofenced' in WA through May, we’re encouraging partners to use additional social media images on any of their own channels during the campaign and beyond the May end date. These images are attached to this announcement, below. Please note: These images must not be modified.

For suggested messages with which to pair the images on social media – including messages with ties to COVID-19 – please consult Truth Initiative’s TIQ Social Media Guide (remember to replace “KEYWORD” with “VAPEFREEWA” in the suggested messages).

More information and previous TIQ campaign resources are available in earlier announcements, as well as at

Thank you in advance for your promotional efforts! For questions, please contact Nick Fradkin, Tobacco Treatment Consultant, at

March 22, 2021

Applications for the Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) are open right now! LYAC is codified in law as the official nonpartisan youth advisory body to the State Legislature, and is now accepting applications for the 2021-2023 cohort. 

Overseen by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Washington State Leadership Board, LYAC is composed of 22 student members from a wide variety of geographic, political, and socioeconomic backgrounds.  Some of LYAC’s several projects include: 

  • Meeting with senators and representatives to advocate for policies relevant to youth priorities;
  • Testifying before the state legislature in support of legislation;
  • Advising government officials, policymakers, and leaders in various fields;
  • Collaborating with nearly 200 community organizations to promote statewide change;
  • Hosting events around the state with hundreds of youth attendees;
  • Talking with media outlets such as the Associated Press, Teen Vogue, and KING-5 about student voice;
  • Partnering with government agencies such as the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Health to provide your perspective; and
  • Writing, lobbying for, and passing actual laws.

LYAC members each serve a two-year term, during which they will be at the forefront of civic engagement and governmental progress.  To learn more, visit

Applicants must:

  • Be entering 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in Fall 2021
  • Have consent of their parent or guardian
  • Live in Washington State

The application page can be found at  All applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM.  Please feel free to share the application information with youth you know who may be interested.  If you have any questions, please contact

March 20, 2021


  1. View what prevention and health professionals find helpful from participating in Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) free webinars and online training.
  2. Explore youth health behavior outcomes from participating in PPW programs.
  3. Examine how prevention providers are using and benefiting from PPW programs across the country and abroad.


Length: 1-hour

Date: Thursday March 25th                     

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW:

March 20, 2021


  1. Explore why substance use prevention programs should more broadly target promoting wellness behaviors for youth and young adults.
  2. Review research and theory supporting brief interventions that integrate substance use prevention with wellness promotion.
  3. Examine messages and strategies that integrate alcohol, marijuana, e-cigarette and opioid use prevention with wellness promotion for use in-person and online interventions.


Length: 1-hour

Date: Wednesday March 24th                     

Time: 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT 

CEU Certificate: CEU certificate available upon completing webinar

Learn more about PPW: