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June 26, 2019

On behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, you are invited to participate in the 2019 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative.

SAMHSA, as the lead agency for the Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking, has sponsored these events since 2006 as a way to educate communities about underage and high-risk drinking and mobilize them to take evidence-based actions at local, state, and national levels.

The Communities Talk stipends are $750 each. SAMHSA decided to increase the stipend amount to give community-based organizations more flexibility in executing their Communities Talk event(s).

What’s New in 2019?

  • Communities Talk events will focus on engaging all members of communities—including youth and college and university leaders—in talking about the consequences of underage and high-risk drinking. 
  • Social media will play a bigger role than ever in getting the word out about Communities Talk. We will be encouraging all hosts to join the underage drinking prevention online conversation by using #CommunitiesTalk.
  • New resources and information about national events to engage with the 2019 Communities Talk initiative will be available on the Communities Talk website periodically to make planning, hosting, and evaluating an event even easier.

What Is Expected of Your Organization if You Decide to Participate?

  • Confirm your participation as soon as possible by registering through your unique URL above. A limited number of stipends will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay!
  • Conduct one or more Communities Talk events on underage drinking prevention by December 31, 2019.
  • Submit your event details on the Communities Talk website. Your event will be included in the Find a Meeting Map so you can show your commitment to underage drinking prevention and be inspired by the work that other communities are doing across the nation.
  • Involve as many different community sectors as possible, including prevention specialists, parents and caregivers, policymakers, law enforcement professionals, and local business leaders, in planning and conducting a Communities Talk event.
  • Share your event outcomes and how you are helping to prevent underage drinking by completing the email survey SAMHSA will provide you within the next few months.

There are three Steps to Completing your Communities Talk: Town Hall Meeting Online Profile:

  1. Register
  2. Complete your event details
  3. Submit your event recap

The planning stipend is meant to help offset the costs of planning and holding an event.  Stipends can cover costs such as facility rental, printing, and promotion.  For more information about stipends and criteria for hosting events, read the Quick Start Planning Guide or the frequently asked questions and answers on the Communitites Talk website at, or email

June 4, 2019

See below for information about a series of DFC Applicant Webinars.  They are being offered this week, over the next three days.

There’s also some pre-recorded videos you might find helpful on this page:

From the Office of National Drug Control Policy...

If you are a community coalition interested in applying for a DFC grant, we encourage you to participate in one of the upcoming applicant training webinars.

Three webinars are scheduled to take place on (all times Pacific):

  • Wednesday, June 5th from 11:00am to 1:00pm 
  • Thursday, June 6th from 11:00am to 1:00pm, 
  • Friday, June 7th from 11:00am to 1:00pm

 Each of the webinars will cover the same content, which will include:

  •  Welcome and Introduction to the DFC Program
  • DFC Program Statutory Eligibility Requirements
  • Application Attachments
  • Responding to the FY 2019 DFC Project Narrative
  • Helpful Information for Preparing the DFC Application
  • Q&A

Click here to register for one of the FY 2019 DFC FOA applicant training webinars:

June 5 -

June 6 -

June 7 -


*Instructions for Adobe Connect:

If this is your first time using Adobe Connect, you will need to set up an account. Your email address will be your username, and you will be able to create your own password.  If you have ever created an Adobe Connect login for a webinar in the past, you will use the same login for this webinar. If you do not remember your password, please use the "Forgot Password?" link to reset your password or contact Adobe Connect for assistance.


June 4, 2019

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board would like your input on the following proposed rules. 

Public Comment
Please forward your initial comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, email, or fax by July 10, 2019


Public Comment
Please forward your initial comments to the Liquor and Cannabis Board by mail, email, or fax by July 19, 2019.

Contact information

Rules Coordinator
Liquor and Cannabis Board
P.O. Box 43080
Olympia, WA 98504-3080


Fax: (360) 664-9689

Individual notices can be found at under Proposed Rules.

May 30, 2019

Why Prevention Specialists Should Address Multiple Adolescent Health Risks

Webinar Objectives:

1. Describe how US adolescents are at risk for multiple co-occurring health risks
2. Explain how physical inactivity, eating regular breakfast and getting 8 or more hours sleep each night is associated with substance use among adolescents
3. Identify effective multiple risk behavior programs for preventing youth substance use AND promoting healthy behaviors

CEU Certificate: 1-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate 

For questions, or if you’d like us to present this webinar to your organization, call: (904) 472-5022, 

Here is the link to the recorded webinar you can share with others in your region and state:

May 29, 2019

Hidden in Plain Sight Tri-Cities has been traveling around WA delivering up to date info to staff, parents, agencies and at state wide conferences!  Thinking about booking for next year?  It's not to early to plan your event!

Contact Jennifer Dorsett, Facilitator for more information. (509) 851-1348 OR OR message us on FB @HIPSTC (like us on FB=)

NOTES: qualifies for Communities That Talk Town Hall Grants for financial assistance. Get a quote today- so you can include in your budgets!

See attached flyer for event details and options.

May 15, 2019

Webinar: Evidence-based SPORT & InShape Prevention Plus Wellness Programs for Youth & Young Adults

Length: 57 minutes

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Describe the components of the logic model underlying Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs.
  2. List the content of PPW program manuals and the steps for implementing PPW programs.
  3. Identify the type and sequence of messages provided in PPW program scripts and PowerPoint slides.
  4. Describe the reproducible materials allowing PPW programs to be implemented to an unlimited number of participants.

View webinar:

Please like and share with others in your region and state.  Thank you!

May 10, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is excited to announce it’s launching a statewide search for “Inspiring Teens” to feature in an upcoming video—and they’re hoping you can recommend teens in your community!

The “Inspiring Teens” video is part of the state’s youth-focused marijuana prevention and education campaign, You Can, and will be an opportunity for Washington state youth to share their passions, tell us what keeps them motivated, and the reasons why marijuana is not part of their future plans. We’re looking for teens between the ages of 13 and 18, currently enrolled in a Washington state middle or high school. DOH doesn't want to be too prescriptive beyond that—they really want to showcase teens that show the diversity of youth living in Washington, from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities.

If you know someone who may be interested, please direct them to where they can learn more and apply. DOH also hopes you’ll circulate the attached flyer within your network and share about the video search on your own social channels. They have developed a couple social posts for doing just that, available on the You Can partner toolkit (Password: Prevention&Education). Feel free to share this email with your networks!

Right now, DOH is looking for three Inspiring Teens to feature. The three finalists will be compensated for their time. The final videos will be used as part of a suite of marijuana prevention and education ads, and all participants under the age of 18 will need to provide written parental/guardian consent to participate.


May 10, 2019

Is your organization hosting a Communities Talk event this year? Register now to receive a planning stipend!

Be sure to keep in mind that you do not need to set a firm date or select a venue to register. If your Communities Talk event will take place by December 31, 2019, you can receive a planning stipend.

Spread the word!

Your colleagues from other community organizations or institutions of higher education can request information about hosting a Communities Talk event and may qualify for a planning stipend. Encourage them to contact

Participate in the National Prevention Week Prevention Challenge today!

SAMHSA is inviting you to participate in the NPW 2019 Prevention Challenge! This is a great activity to integrate into your Communities Talk event — set up a backdrop for photos or a "selfie station" and ask participants to take photos and videos of their underage drinking Prevention Champions at the event. Remember to use the hashtags #PreventionChampion and #NPW2019.


May 8, 2019
National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will take place May 12 through 18, 2019. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

Watch a video of Dr. McCance-Katz kick off NPW 2019 (3 minutes).

Each day this week, SAMHSA will focus on a specific health theme that is important to prevention. The 2019 daily themes are:

  • Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
  • Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
  • Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
  • Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use
  • Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide

Learn more about National Prevention Week.

May 8, 2019

The OpiEnd Youth Challenge invites students 9–14 years old to learn about opioids and the dangers they can cause and then enter the online contest with a poster to bring awareness to other students about this epidemic.

In addition to national winners, select states will be hosting additional statewide contests. Students with entries in these states will be eligible for additional prizing.