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January 4, 2020

Webinar Objectives:

  1. Develop messages that integrate youth cannabis use prevention with fitness & health promotion using the Behavior-Image Model.
  2. Compare evidence-based & evidence-informed programs for preventing marijuana use and promoting protective wellness behaviors among youth and young adults. 
  3. Explore resources for preventing youth cannabis use and promoting wellness lifestyles.


Length: Approximately 30 minutes 

Date: Thursday January 9th       

Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT 

CEU Certificate: .5-hour CEU certificate available upon completing webinar and requesting certificate

December 20, 2019

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recently released the following publications:

  • Preventing the use of marijuana: Focus on women and pregnancy - This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent marijuana use among pregnant women. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
  • Substance misuse prevention for young adults - This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
November 27, 2019

Submit your proposal today! Submissions are due December 4, 2019.

The Washington Council for Behavioral Health invites you to join us in presenting innovative workshops at the 31st 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 680 people attended – this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience!

As a presenter at the 2020 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, Department of Social and Health Services, and the Department of Corrections.

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

November 22, 2019

The Washington Traffic Safety Commision (WTSC) will be holding the Washington Safety Conference June 2-4, 2020 in Spokane, WA at the Davenport Grand Hotel.

Registation links and agenda will be publiched in February!

For more information, visit:

November 21, 2019

What is involved?  The Review Team reviews the previous year’s Overview and Nomination Packet documents during January and February, making suggestions on improvements, suggestions on how to market the awards to encourage more participation, and to make suggestion on how to simplify the nomination process.  Meetings are via GoToMeeting or Skype for Business.  Award nominations are accepted during the April – August time frame; there is no Review Team meetings or duties during the nomination period.  However, during the first two weeks of September, Review Team members are asked to review and rate nominations.  The nomination reviews can take 30-45 minutes per nomination; total time involved for nomination review will depend on the number of nominations received.  After the 2020 Prevention Summit and Awards Ceremony, the Review Team may be asked to review the process and make suggestions for improvement.


Want to be on the team?  Martha Williams will be putting the 2020 Review Team together by December 31, 2019.  She is looking for 5 – 6 Prevention Professionals of varying prevention experience levels to join the Team.  Please contact her by email at

November 21, 2019

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) released a new video series, Transforming Tribal Communities: Indigenous Perspectives on Suicide Prevention. This series includes six- to eight-minute webinar clips with expert advice on addressing the root causes of suicide and mental health issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities by drawing on community strengths. Presenters show how culturally relevant suicide prevention strategies endorsed by community members can lead to long-lasting change.

November 16, 2019


The US Department of Health and Human Services has recommended youth ages 6-17 years old get 60 minutes or more of combined moderate and vigorous physical activity each day.

Physical activity, including playing sports, is critical to both physical and brain development and health of children and adolescents, and long-term helps prevent chronic disease like obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes in adulthood (

The content for this article was drawn from a webinar provided by Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC earlier in November 2019. A link to the recorded webinar is provided at the end of this article.

The objectives of this article are twofold:

1. Explore research assessing physical activity, exercise and sport on later substance use and mental health of youth and young adults, and

2. Examine evidence-based physical activity interventions for influencing youth substance use and mental health.

View findings, prevention conclusions and resources:

November 8, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report November 8, 2019 on vaping-associated lung injury. Most U.S. patients with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) report using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Product use behaviors that increase risk for EVALI are unknown.

What is added by this report?

Compared with survey respondents aged 18–44 years reporting using of THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, EVALI patients aged 18–44 years had higher odds of reporting exclusive and frequent use of THC-containing products and obtaining these products from informal sources, such as a dealer, off the street, or from a friend, and of using Dank Vapes, a class of largely counterfeit THC-containing products.

What are the implications for public health practice?

CDC recommends not using THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, or any e-cigarette, or vaping, products obtained from informal sources.

Read the full report here.

October 25, 2019

Best and Promising Practices for the Implementation of Zero Suicide in Indian Country toolkit was recently released.  Zero Suicide is a framework to support suicide-safer care in health and behavioral health care systems. In the past ten years, many studies have shown its effectiveness in reducing suicide deaths across diverse health systems. However, when health and behavioral health care systems in Indian Country have attempted to employ the framework, there are often challenges related to culture, language, or concepts of what healing and wellness may mean to the Tribe or to the community, as well as differences in resources and views of standardized measurement and data gathering. Adding to the challenges of implementing Zero Suicide as a framework in Indian Country are historical, intergenerational, and modern-day trauma and their impact on the health and well-being of Indigenous people.

You can access the toolkit at .

October 24, 2019

We recently presented a webinar on brief interventions for preventing youth substance use. Because it was a completely filled session, I wanted to provide a description of the main points covered in the webinar for those who had not had an opportunity to attend it.


Brief prevention interventions, particularly those that are just one-session in length, have the critical advantage of being more widely accepted for implementation in busy settings such as schools and can therefore reach a larger and broader youth population than lengthier or more intensive programs.

Brief interventions that also integrate substance use prevention with the promotion of healthy lifestyles are likely to be of greater interest and therefore have greater participation by youth, parents, schools, communities and funding agencies than more narrowly targeted and risk-based only prevention programs.

Read the article: