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August 28, 2018

A new report from CDC shows that suicide rates are rising across the US and issues a call to action to prevent suicide and help those at risk.

August 23, 2018

The Washington State Patrol has observed a spike in DUI stops — drunk drivers — with children in the car across the Olympic Peninsula. Read more on MYNorthwest.

August 20, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the release of the Spanish translation of the updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. This toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. 

August 20, 2018

The Journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism released a review of binge drinking research, including the following topics:

  • Adolescent binge drinking
  • The epidemiology of binge drinking among college-age individuals in the U.S.
  • High-intensity drinking
  • Gender differences in binge drinking
  • Binge drinking's effects on the developing brain
  • Binge drinking's effects on the body
August 20, 2018

August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, is an opportunity to remember those who have been affected by overdose, and to educate about how to prevent or reverse overdose. Stopoverdose.org has shareable resources that can be used for this day and for related events.

These include:

August 3, 2018

Each month, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) runs a series called "Healthy People 2020 Stories from the Field" that highlights how communities across the Nation are addressing the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are a subset of 26 Healthy People 2020 objectives that communicate high-priority health issues. Tackling the LHIs appropriately will dramatically reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses.

In July, Washington State's Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) was featured as a Story from the Field and on the ODPHP Prevention Policy Matters blog. 

August 2, 2018

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) has released updated guidelines on acceptable trainings for obtaining the Certified Prevention Professional credential. 

July 24, 2018

The Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has heard consistently from Tribes about their difficulties in successfully obtaining HHS grant funding.  HHS understands the importance of Tribes accessing these grant funds so that they are able to provide culturally appropriate care and services to their communities. 

In response, the Department has worked on increasing tribal access to grants in a number of ways including holding webinars and workshops over the years.  In an effort to bring more comprehensive training directly to Indian Country, we are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, HHS will host several in-person trainings Tribal Vision, Design and Capacity technical grant writing workshops across Indian Country.  

The Tribal Vision, Design and Capacity technical grant writing workshops will be held in the following locations on the following dates:

Dates and Locations:

August 14-15, 2018 Sacramento, CA

August 23-24, 2018 Atmore, AL

September 12-13, 2018 Denver, CO

September 20-21, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK

September 26-27, 2018 Fairbanks, AK

 

Once confirmed, venues for the trainings will be posted on the site listed below and will be sent out to registered attendees.

To register to attend one of these trainings, please visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tribal-vision-design-and-capacity-vdc-technical-grant-writing-workshop-registration-48276817260

If you have questions about this particular training, please contact Quinn Buchwald at qbuchwald@mn-e.com or (206) 601-1812

July 20, 2018

The Opioid Response Workgroup, co-lead by the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and the Department of Health have recently completed a revision of the Wasington State Opioid Response Plan.

The Washington State Opioid Response Plan outlines the goals, strategies and actions that state agencies are implementing or planning to implement in the near future. It does not include all activities underway on the local and federal level to address the opioid crisis.

The four priority goals in the plan are:

  1. Prevent opioid misuse and abuse
  2. Identify and treat opioid use disorder
  3. Reduce morbidity and mortality from opioid use disorder
  4. Use data and information to detect opioid misuse/abuse, monitor morbidity and mortality, and evaluate interventions

If you have any questions or comments about the plan, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Lofy at the Department of Health at kathy.lofy@doh.wa.gov or at (360) 236-4030.

June 21, 2018

Prevention Partners,

We need to hear from the Prevention Field!  Please take advantage of this opportunity to provide input on 2 very important items listed below. It is critical that Prevention input, feedback, and ideas are included.  This Plan is used to direct the statewide work and efforts as well as resources for addressing the opioid issues in our state. Please pass forward to others in the prevention field. 

1. Opioid Grant proposal – Stakeholder survey. We will begin evaluating responses noon Monday June 25, 2018. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced that they are accepting applications for the fiscal year 2018 State Opioid Response Grants. 

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is interested in feedback from our stakeholders. Please take a moment to complete our online survey and share it with people who may want to weigh in within your stakeholder group.

SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response program aims to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication assisted treatment using the three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicit fentanyl and fentanyl analogs). 

For additional information, please refer to the Funding Opportunity announcement (FoA) [https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/grants/pdf/sorfoafinal.6.14.18.pdf] and our State Opioid Plan [State_Opioid_Plan_Draft_2018.docx].

We appreciate your feedback as we work together to address the opioid crisis in our state.


 

2. The State Opioid Response Plan.  Responses are due by 5 PM, Monday June 25th! Please be sure to provide your feedback directly to DOH using the contact information below. Please see email request below for the Department of Health.

Your feedback is requested on the Opioid Response Workgroup’s draft of the Washington State Opioid Response Plan.

Comments must be received by 5pm Monday, June 25.

The Washington State Opioid Response Plan is updated annually to align with evolution of the opioid epidemic, changing scientific evidence, new policies implemented by the legislature, and new activities supported by state and federal funding. 

The plan outlines the goals, strategies and actions that state agencies are implementing or planning to implement in the near future. The four priority goals are:

  1. Prevent opioid misuse and abuse
  2. Identify and treat opioid use disorder
  3. Reduce morbidity and mortality from opioid use disorder
  4. Use data and information to detect opioid misuse/abuse, monitor morbidity and mortality, and evaluate interventions

To provide feedback or for more information please contract Opioidprescribing@doh.wa.gov or visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/opioidresponseworkgroup

Thank you for your participation in this effort.

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