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March 28, 2019

Response by Office of Superindent of Public Instruction State Superindtent Chris Reykdal on 2018 Healthy Youth Survery results. Read more here.

Additional resource: Healthy Youth Survey Mental Health Resource Guide

March 18, 2019

The U.S. Department of Justice's National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI), together with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is pleased to announce the Tribal Action Plan (TAP) Development Workshop. The Tribal Action Plan Training Initiative was established in direct response to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. TAPs support the principle of tribal self-determination and provide tribes the opportunity to take a proactive role in the fight against alcohol and substance misuse in their communities. (25 U.S.C. § 2412) This workshop is designed to provide tribes with the tools and guidance to assist in developing a TAP. The TAP Workshop will be led by experienced faculty and will include sessions focused on:

  1. community readiness
  2. resource identification
  3. needs assessment
  4. strategic plan development.

Tribes who are chosen to participate are required to send a core team of five representatives with responsibility for creating the tribe's TAP. Suggested disciplines for the Tribal Coordinating Committee include the following: leadership, behavioral, public or community health; the criminal justice system; and education. Tribes who have participated in a Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) training possess important preparation for the TAP Workshop. Core Tribal TAP Team members will be required to participate in pre and post workshop technical assistance, attend the entire workshop, and sign a letter of commitment to work with Federal TAP points of contacts and consultants to complete a tribal-specific TAP. Tribes selected to attend the TAP Workshop must adopt a resolution (or legally-equivalent action) to develop and implement a tribal action plan. 

Nominations can be made online.

March 15, 2019

The next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The toolbox of promotional materials to help publicize this event and encourage people to dispose of unwanted or expired medications is now live.  Each year we have more and more Americans disposing of more and more prescription drugs. This is an easy and concrete step that all of us can take to help end the opioid crisis in America and save lives by reducing the amount of prescription drugs that are available for misuse and diversion.

Partner Toolbox Direct Link:

National Take Back Day Website:


March 12, 2019

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has released the first-ever National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide in entertainment content, in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC). Representatives from the entertainment industry and suicide prevention field provided input on the recommendations, which advance Goal 4 of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Studies have found that the way the media covers suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to increased suicidal behavior among viewers, or positively by encouraging help-seeking and recovery. These new recommendations aim to help members of the entertainment industry—content creators, scriptwriters, and producers—tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide that promote hope and healing.

March 8, 2019

The Washington State Department of Health is excited to announce that the Annual Firearm Fatality and Suicide Prevention report is now available online. It includes some Washington activities accomplished in 2018 and our most recent data. Everyone has a role in suicide prevention, and this year they had many communities and partners share their stories and ongoing work. For more information visit, the DOH Suicide Prevention Data and Reports page.

March 8, 2019

The Take Back campaign partner toolkit is now live on You can access it two ways:

March 7, 2019

Many of our community prevention providers are partnering this April to host or support the National Drug Take Back Day on April 27th. Here is a Take Back Event Guide from Michigan Open to help you in your planning!

March 5, 2019

With support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health, CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) has created a publication entitled, "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems: Juuling, Other Trends, and Community Prevention," which outlines best practices for coalitions to tackle this epidemic among youth.   

During the National Leadership Forum, Surgeon General Adams lauded this publication as “amazing,” saying “…it literally has everything you would ever want to know about e-cigarettes. And we need to make sure this is the hands of every adult, every teacher, every community leader, and every student out there.” 

This Practical Theorist is available to download free of charge from CADCA’s website.

March 5, 2019

In response to recent events surrounding social media and suicide content, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), in partnership with pediatricians and subject matter experts, has released an easy-to-use tipsheet for parents, health and behavioral health providers, and caregivers. It is the goal of AAS and our member experts to provide parents and providers the help they need to make the world safer for youth at risk for suicide.

“Increasingly, as children live digital lives, they will be at risk of encountering disturbing images of suicide and self-injury. The social media-based platform fixes for this will take some time to achieve. Until that time, it’s the responsibility of parents and clinicians to take an active interest in keeping children safe on digital and social media platforms,” said April Foreman, PhD, Executive Committee Member of the AAS Board. “We hope that as parents and providers take a more active role, that social media platforms will be good community partners and develop the solutions our children need to be safe in the digital spaces they’re likely to visit.”

Social media has its inherent benefits (community, connectedness, and recreation) and disadvantages (potential isolation, sharing age-inappropriate content, and anonymized discrimination) and understanding a child’s use of it can provide adults with the foundation of a strategy for everyday household use. This tipsheet is meant to be the first step in that process.

March 5, 2019

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is seeking sponsors for the 2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP helps ensure children experiencing poverty continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer, when they do not have access to school meals.

This federally-funded program may be sponsored by public and private nonprofit schools; residential and non-residential summer camps; nonprofit organizations; tribal organizations; and units of local, county, municipal, and state government. Colleges and universities that participate in the Upward Bound Program also may sponsor meal sites.

Read more here.