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December 4, 2018

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process through which people build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions. SEL supports success in school and in life in a manner that respects culture and honors diversity.  SEL recognizes students are complex human beings whose learning and behavior are impacted by their emotions. 

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Statewide SEL Indicator Workgroup has been asked by the 2017 legislature to develop SEL resources for schools and communities across Washington State. Those resources will build on past recommendations contained in this 2016 report to the legislature:

Our goals are to:

  • Identify and articulate developmental indicators (observable behaviors) for the recommended benchmarks;
  • Solicit feedback from stakeholders;
  • Develop a best practices guide for schools on implementing SEL, and;
  • Submit recommendations to the education committees of the legislature, and the office of the governor by June 30, 2019

Please complete the survey here to inform this important work.

November 29, 2018


Submit your proposal today! Submissions are due December 4, 2018.

We invite you to join us in presenting innovative workshops at the 30th annual Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference! The conference brings together a diverse group of presenters to share information about therapeutic interventions, recovery supports, promising programs, and policies that advance best practices. Our goal is to provide a learning experience that expands professional knowledge, promotes community partnerships, and helps make recovery a reality. Last year over 650 people attended – this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience!

As a presenter at the 2019 WBHC, you’ll gain visibility and have the opportunity to interact with a broad audience. Conference attendees include clinical staff, program managers, consumers, family members, peers, non-profit staff, advocates, and staff of system partners and state agencies including the Health Care Authority, DSHS, and the Department of Corrections.

For more information and to see the variety of topics in which we’re interested, please see the attached Call for Presentations or click HERE to visit the website (where you’ll also find a completed sample application).

If you have any questions or need help with the application, please contact Alison Avery at (206) 628-4608 x12 or

November 19, 2018

You're invited to participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This week-long health observance is an opportunity for teens to learn the facts about drugs, alcohol, and addiction from scientists and other experts.

Organize and promote an educational event or activity for teens during the week of January 22–27, 2019, and help shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol. It's easy to get involved!

Register your event and receive support from NIDA staff to plan a successful event. NIDA staff can help you order free, science-based materials to complement your event, brainstorm activity ideas, and partner with other organizations. Get your event nationally recognized by adding it to the official 2019 map of activities for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.

Plan Your Event—5 Steps to Hosting an Event

Ready to host an event?
Register Your Event

Follow NIDA on Twitter @NIDAnews and on Facebook at Drug Facts.

November 16, 2018

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, released a statement proposing new steps to protect youth from accessing flavored e-cigarette products and banning menthol in cigarettes and cigars. 

November 15, 2018

Every 2 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors national Town Hall Meetings to educate communities about underage drinking and to mobilize them around its prevention. Prevention is working! Help continue the downward trend in underage drinking by planning to host or attend a meeting in your area.  

 Join communities across the nation and host a Communities Talk event in your community to help prevent underage drinking.

Subscribe to Town Hall Meetings e-Alerts to receive news and information about the latest resources for underage drinking prevention, such as toolkits and planning guides. 

November 9, 2018

The CDC, in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, released a report showing US adult smoking rates have reached a new low. Researchers analyzed data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). In 2017, an estimated 47.4 million U.S. adults (19.3%) currently used any tobacco product, including cigarettes; cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars; electronic cigarettes; smokeless tobacco; and pipes, water pipes, or hookahs. Among current tobacco product users, 86.7% (41.1 million) smoked combustible tobacco products, and 19.0% (9.0 million) used ≥2 tobacco products. Considerable progress has been made in reducing cigarette smoking among U.S. adults over the past half century: an estimated 14.0% of U.S. adults (34.3 million) were current cigarette smokers in 2017, representing a 67% decline since 1965. 

October 26, 2018

Report from the national Drug Enforcement Administration provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Highlights in the report include usage and trafficking trends for drugs such as prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and the hundreds of synthetic drugs. Read the full 2018 report here and a summary of key findings here.

October 4, 2018

The toolkit of digital resources to help promote the Drug Enforcement Administration’s upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is now live. The “Partnership Toolbox” includes a variety of materials – posters, pamphlets, ads, billboards, and social media art that is pre-sized for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

October 2, 2018

Prevention works! The most recent Monitoring of the Future data shows decrease in the percentage of teens who drink. Read more here.

September 26, 2018

One of every 11 U.S. high school students says they have used marijuana in an e-cigarette, according to a nationwide survey. That equals more than 2 million teens. Read full article here.