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February 12, 2018

The DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) is pleased to announce the release of the January 2018 CORE Profiles, a comprehensive collection of community indicators for Washington (

NEW this time: Four new indicators in the School Domain-Academic Achievement have been released for the school years 2015, 2016, and 2017 using the Smarter Balanced Assessment data. The indicators are presented as protective factors and include Successful Academic Performance in English Language Arts for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8, and Successful Academic Performance in Math for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8.

The Profiles, comprised of over 450 reports, provide annual trends for the last 5 to 12 years for the state and every county, school district, and locale. The indicators cover such topics as child and family health, availability of drugs and substance abuse, criminal justice involvement among teens and adults, academic performance of children and youth, and socioeconomic conditions in your community. Nearly 50 indicators are presented in graphs, maps and tables; the reports are available in PDF and Excel. The profiles are updated twice a year.

Tips for using the CORE Risk Profiles:

February 9, 2018

Originally posted January 23, 2018

The Starts with One campaign is designed to inform and educate young adults, their parents, and older adults about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and the importance of safe storage, use, and disposal.

The messages focus on increasing awareness about appropriate use, safe storage, and appropriate disposal of prescription opioids.  All messages drive the audience to the new campaign website where they can go to learn more about opioids, prevention, and resources for those in need of help.  Additionally, the site has a full partner toolkit with all developed media available for download and use free of charge.  The toolkit contains: TV spots, Posters, web-based media, transit ads, billboards (both digital and traditional), ready-use print ads, Radio ads, Rack Cards, Fact sheets and more!

This campaign is funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Billy Reamer at

February 9, 2018

Originally posted January 19, 2018

With the recent death of WSU quarterback, Tyler Hilinski, you may receive a media inquiries. To improve media coverage about suicide, DBHR, DOH, and OSPI recommend the website, Reporting on Suicide.

Additional information can be found on our Mental Health Promotion page.

February 8, 2018

Originally posted on December 14, 2017

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan issued a press release on results from the 2017 Monitoring the Future study.  Marijuana use among adolescents edged upward in 2017, the first significant increase in seven years. Overall, past-year use of marijuana significantly increased by 1.3% to 24% in 2017 for 8th, 10th, and 12th graders combined. Specifically, in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades the respective increases were 0.8% (to 10.1%), 1.6% (to 25.5%) and 1.5% (to 37.1%). The increase is statistically significant when all three grades are combined.

Other key findings highlighted in the press release include:

Cigarettes and Several Other Tobacco Products Decline in Use

Alcohol Use Levels, After a Long Decline

Use of Inhalants Increases among 8th graders

Heroin and Opioid Use Remains Low Among Adolescents

View the entire press release by visiting:

The website for the Monitoring the Future study is:

The annual Monitoring the Future study is now in its 43rd year. About 45,000 students in some 380 public and private secondary schools have been surveyed each year in this U.S. national study, designed and conducted by research scientists at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Students in grades 8, 10 and 12 are surveyed.

February 3, 2018

The funding opportunity is designed to allow flexibility for local agencies or groups to work to increase the number of children walking or biking to school. We anticipate that this project will be of interest not only to individuals and groups currently doing traffic safety work, but also to those who are working to make communities safer. 

Applications for this funding will be submitted through a SurveyMonkey form available at The deadline for applications is March 30, 2018, at 5 p.m.

We highly recommend that you prepare your responses to the application questions and then copy them into the SurveyMonkey application. The questions are found on Pages 11-14 of the attached application packet.

Two webinars are scheduled to discuss the application, one on February 7, 2018, and the second on March 7, 2018. Information about how to participate in the webinars is included in the application packet on Pages 3-4. There will be a Frequently Asked Questions document posted to the WTSC website that will be updated weekly.

Please contact Scott Waller, Program Manager, (360) 726-9885,, if you have any questions about this funding opportunity.

January 23, 2018

The 2018 Spring Youth Forum Planning Committee is accepting recommendations for potential speakers! Speakers are needed for the following topics for (1) 50 minute workshop. All content must be prevention and youth oriented.

  • Alcohol Prevention
  • Marijuana Prevention
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Prescription and Opioid Misuse Prevention
  • Tobacco Prevention
  • Youth Leadership Development

Please submit recommendations by February 9, 2018 to Antonio Edwards. Selected speakers will be notified by February 23, 2018.

January 19, 2018

January 19, 2018

With the recent death of WSU quarterback, Tyler Hilinski, you may receive a media inquiries. To improve media coverage about suicide, DBHR, DOH, and OSPI recommend the website, Reporting on Suicide.

Additional information can be found on our Mental Health Promotion page.

January 18, 2018

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants. By statute, the DFC Support Program has two goals:

  1. Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
  2. Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.


  • Application Due Date: March 29, 2018
  • Anticipated Total Available Funding: $15,000,000
  • Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 120 grant awards
  • Estimated Award Amount: Up to $125,000 per year


Greg Grass, the Federal Project Officer for Drug Free Community (DFC) Grantees in Washington State, and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, invite coalitions interested in the DFC grant to attend a presentation about this grant.  

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018
DBHR Headquarters
Lacey, WA.

To register, complete this brief survey:
For those unable to attend in person, you can join via webinar.

January 16, 2018

On January 15, Governor Jay Inslee proposed next steps to fulfill a multi-pronged approach to combat the opioid crisis. It includes a proposed supplemental budget and accompanying legislation that aims to build upon substantial work already underway to treat more of those in need of services, not stigmatize people with a medical disorder, and prevent the epidemic from claiming more lives.

For the complete text of a new release from the Governor's website, visit: 

October 15, 2017

CADCA [Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America] invites coalitions to participate in the Dose of Prevention Challenge for a chance to win $1500, a full scholarship to CADCA's National Leadership Forum and more.

Visit this page for more information.