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July 23, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is recruiting for the first ACE’s and Resilience Leadership Development Program cohort. If you are working on Trauma-Informed and Resilience approaches in your community, consider participating in this opportunity.

“Forty people will be selected to be part of our first cohort.  We encourage teams of 2-5 to apply together to help bring the change efforts home.  Individuals are also welcome to apply. We will be selecting a diverse cohort from across the state.

Teams and individuals selected will be committing to:

  • Attend online orientation in Early August to prepare your team for the learning ahead.
  • Meet with a coach from our statewide coaching pool to further scope your project or initiative and set your learning goals.
  • Participate in the FULL 3-day training September 18 (evening)-Sept 21 (mid-afternoon) in Wenatchee at the Hilton Garden Inn.
  • Provide 1-page summary of what you’ve learned, new connections made, and how you will apply the learning (potential impact) to your project or initiative.  
  • Bring what you are learning back to your own communities, organizations and change efforts.

The application form is available here:  Application_ Leadership Development ACEs and Resilience COP.docx

We look forward to hearing from you and learning about the powerful projects and initiatives underway in our beautiful state.  Please send completed applications to Dan Torres ( and Teresa Posakony (

July 23, 2019

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) is proud to continue our release of our 2018 Data Reports.   In addition to updates and new trends on previously published reports on Opioids, Cannabis, and Nicotine, we are excited to be releasing 2 new reports: Children and Adolescent Self-Poisoning and Cannabis.

Based on calls to the WAPC, since retail cannabis stores opened in 2014, unintentional cannabis exposure calls for children 0-5 years have almost tripled.  Of all routes of exposures, there has been an 82% increase in calls involving ingestions of cannabis products in all age groups since 2016.

The WAPC provides a 24/7/365 emergency helpline for all Washingtonians, providing immediate expert toxicology consultation on poisonings and toxic exposures from highly trained health care professionals.

  • In 2018, we took 113,586 calls involving 64,139 patients.
  • Our robust database contains over 1.7million cases, allowing us to analyze and study epidemiologic trends in our state that can assist with public health strategies for intervention and also serving as a rich data source for public health, epidemiologic, and medical research.
  • The WAPC has the only system in Washington that provides near real- time toxicosurveillance, allowing us to detect emerging and age-specific trends of drug overdoses, use and abuse of new emerging illicit substances, and public health threats due to chemical substances and biologic toxins.
  • Our toll-free Poison Helpline, 1-800-222-1222 is free, confidential and always available, providing expertise that no other agency in Washington state can provide.
July 23, 2019

Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a decrease in opioid overdose death for the first time in 30 years. Washington State saw a 0.8 percent decrease.

July 18, 2019

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Prevention WINS Coalition have developed a survey to assess medication storage methods and options in Washington State in hopes of promoting locked medication storage for families. Please complete and disribute the SCH Medication Lock Box Survey.

We will be using the results from this survey to further our research and gain insight on how to develop medication lock box education and outreach. The responses from this survey will be completely confidential and anonymous. The survey will be open from July 15th-26th, 2019.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact any of the following:

July 17, 2019

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering colleges, universities, and local organizations a limited number of $750 stipends to help cover the cost of planning and holding an underage drinking prevention event as part of the Communities Talk initiative. Communities Talk events provide an environment for open conversations among youth, students, parents, and community stakeholders about the importance of preventing underage drinking.
If you would like to participate in this year’s initiative and register to receive a planning stipend, please email to request an invitation. Stipends will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more informaiton:

July 12, 2019

All high schools, colleges/universities, public libraries, and YMCAs in Washington State can obtain up to two (2) FREE kits of Narcan nasal spray naloxone through a program at Emergent BioSolutions, the parent company of ADAPTPharma. To take advantage of this free program, simply complete the appropriate form (attached) and return it directly to Ashley Flint at EBSI (info below). Ashley will process your program registration and ship out your kits. 

Ashley Flint
Customer Operations Specialist, Trade and Operations, ADAPT Pharma
Emergent BioSolutions
100 Matsonford Road
Building 4, Suite 201
Radnor, PA 19087
t 484 406 5268
c  484 988 3060

July 11, 2019

Become Healthy Minds Alliance host site

Since 1994, AmeriCorps has established a tradition of national service involving more than 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in intensive, results-driven service strengthening communities across the nation.


What Healthy Minds Alliance AmeriCorps members achieve

The Healthy Minds Alliance engages AmeriCorps members of all ages and backgrounds to meet critical mental health needs in communities across the nation. Healthy Minds Alliance AmeriCorps members focus on direct service implementing evidence-based/informed programs, increasing agency impact and fundraising related to service activities. Mental health programs include Mental Health First Aid, QPR, SafeTALK and other evidenced-based/informed programs identified by host sites.


How Health360 fits in

Health360 leads the Healthy Minds Alliance in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) National Direct AmeriCorps. The Healthy Minds Alliance is currently awarded 20 full-time AmeriCorps members slots from CNCS. Health360 coordinates AmeriCorps member instructor training in the identified intervention. Health360 covers the cost of one instructor training per AmeriCorps member. Health360 handles reporting, administrative requirements and compiling performance measure data for your AmeriCorps member so you can focus on building effective programs that improve people’s lives and your community. We help you navigate AmeriCorps compliance requirements, provide you with the training you need to be successful, and offer mentoring as you develop a successful Mental Health program.


Is your organization a good fit?

An AmeriCorps member can improve your organization’s capacity to address mental health needs in your community through service.

Currently the Healthy Minds Alliance goals are to:

  1. Implement evidenced-based/informed mental health programs
  2. Build capacity at host sites to address unmet community mental health care needs
  3. Fundraise to support mental health focused programs


What is expected of host sites?

Health360 expects all our host sites to work with us to make the transformational experience for the AmeriCorps members, a valuable partnership for your organization, and an effective tool for addressing community mental health needs.

Host sites commit to:

  1. Partnering with Health360 to recruit an AmeriCorps member(s) for your host site
  2. Clear/consistent communication with Health360 and your AmeriCorps member(s)
  3. Bi-weekly AmeriCorps member timesheet submission
  4. Monthly host site supervisor meetings via conference call
  5. Timely submission of AmeriCorps member performance evaluation
  6. $8,500 non-refundable financial contribution upon award of AmeriCorps member slot
  7. Incur adequate in-kind expenses to ensure program success including travel costs associated with AmeriCorps member instructor training and program materials
  8. Implementation of the Policies & Procedures
  9. Train/certification of at least 150 people in mental health program
  10. Fully participate in pre and post data collection through Health360’s online data collection system
  11. Assure that AmeriCorps member service is limited to activities that are compliant with non-supplantation, non-duplication and non-displacement restrictions (Details)

Apply online.

July 5, 2019

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board wants to know what concerns you and your community have about packaging and labeling of marijuana and marijuana edibles.

See attached flier for more information. Email Sara Cooley Broschart at to be added to the action list. 

July 1, 2019

The Department of Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention have posted new data tables highlighting the leading causes of death by different age groups statewide and by ACH or EMS regions. Some tables include specific lethal means. See what’s happening in your community and share with other stakeholders.  Access tables here.

July 1, 2019

The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) announced a new, free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The program, available via OMH’s Think Cultural Health website, is designed to develop behavioral health providers' knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

This online program is a practical tool for behavioral health professionals who want to gain skills and knowledge about culture and diversity, which could be applied daily to better serve your clients. The tool is particularly timely for professionals working to address the opioid epidemic among racial and ethnic populations, which have low treatment rates and some of the highest rates of opioid misuse and overdose.

OMH encourages all certified counselors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to take this program and earn up to five continuing education credits at no cost.

The program’s 4 courses cover:

  • Connections between culture and behavioral health
  • The impact of cultural identity on interactions with clients
  • Ways to engage, assess and treat clients from diverse backgrounds