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June 1, 2017

A new site license by Prevention Plus Wellness permits school districts, colleges, and other organizations to cost-effectively reproduce the evidence-based SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program manual for youth, and the evidence-based InShape Prevention Plus Wellness program manual for college-aged young adults.

For more information about these "site license permits", that will be available for a limited time, visit:

May 30, 2017

The West Central Community Prevention and Wellness Coalition and the East Valley Community Coalition are seeking a new fiscal agent for their programs.   Each coalition provides critical services in their respective communities to promote prevention of substance use disorders.

These coalitions are funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) and are part of a statewide Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) for substance use prevention and mental health promotion. Eligible organizations include local government, local school districts, education service districts, and non-profit organizations committed to prevention education for the community. More information about prevention and CPWI can be found at

An informational meeting will be held on June 9, 2017 at 10 AM at West Central Community Center, 1603 N Belt, Spokane. Please RSVP at The timeline for letters of interest will be discussed at the meeting.

Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested in this opportunity.

Becky Swan,  Certified Prevention Professional
Prevention Coalition Coordinator
Spokane Community Services, Housing, and Community Development
312 W 8th Ave, Spokane, WA  99204

Phone:  (509)-477-4540;  
Confidential FAX:   (509)-477-6204

May 25, 2017

The 2017 NAMI Washington State Conference, will explore the theme of "The Challenge of Change: Promise and Progress in Mental Health." NAMI Washington is seeking workshop proposals which explore a deeper understanding of how we respond to change, and our successes in driving change in mental health, on both the personal and community levels. We seek proposals which touch upon change as a driving force for all populations including youth, older adults, veterans, LGBTQIA persons, communities of color and underserved communities and populations.

Workshop Specifics

Each workshop will be 90 minutes and may have up to a maximum of 3 presenters plus one moderator for a total of 4 people on a panel.  We invite you to propose workshops that are interactive, inspiring, and informative; workshops which will actively engage participants and send attendees away with lessons learned and even action they can take.  We encourage workshop proposals from all sectors of the Mental Health Community: PEERS, Family Members and Caregivers, Mental Health Providers, Researchers and Specialists from across the state and the nation. Proposals should attempt to fall into the following tracks as a guideline:

  • People
    • Personal Change - Changing Lives
    • Resiliency & Unexpected Change
    • Prevention & Recovery
  • Research & Treatment
    • Research Brings Change
    • Changes in Treatment Options
    • PEER Support ServicesTrauma Informed Care
  • Law, Justice & Policy
    • Advocating for Change
    • Corrections, Mental Health & Addiction
    • Diversion Services
  • Systems
    • Community Progress and Partnerships
    • Changing Models of Care
    • Health, Wellness & Integrated Care
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Housing & Employment
    • Public and Private Funding for Mental Health Initiatives

For specifics on criteria and submitting a workshop proposal view the Workshop Proposal Submission Form.  All submissions are due by June 5th, 2017.


About NAMI Washington

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and local level.  NAMI Washington provides educational resources and events, statewide outreach, advocacy and affiliate organizational support, as well as no-cost trainings that allow NAMI affiliates to provide NAMI Signature classes, support groups and presentations in their local communities. There are 22 NAMI Affiliates in local communities across Washington State.  The 2017 NAMI Washington Conference is being co-hosted by NAMI Thurston/ Mason.

May 23, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy Fiander, CPWI Coordinator in White Swan.  She was awarded the third annual Champion for Children award at the 2017 Student Support Conference on May 11, 2017. 

Nancy was recognized because of her over 35 years of dedication to vulnerable and underserved youth.  Nancy began her work as a school nurse, and about 10 years ago became involved in a community coalition that addresses youth substance abuse prevention.  She works with the White Swan DreamMakers to promote health, wellbeing, and prevention.  

This award is sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Generations.

Here's a short video presentation from the awards ceremony:


This post is adapted from an announcement originally posted on the Mt. Adams School District Homepage.



May 19, 2017

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX), is a free, science-based, Reach Out Now mobile application for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink. The app is intended to easily integrate into instruction in fifth-and sixth-grade classrooms and at home. 

Watch this video about the app: 

App available from either itunes or Google Play.

May 19, 2017

The Washington State Department of Health has begun promoting a Youth Suicide Awareness campaign called Start a Convo, Safe a Life.

The DOH learned from high school students that it’s difficult to reach out to friends or classmates who seem depressed, hopeless, or unusually angry to ask them if they are thinking about suicide.  The goal of Start a Convo, Save a Life campaign is to help students know that it is okay, even necessary, to start that conversation.

High School Cafeteria Event
As part of this campaign, High School Cafeteria Events will be held.  For this event, printouts of text messages are posted throughout the cafeteria so that students can engage with them during lunch time. There are two kinds of printouts for the event: one set shows messages that students might receive from friends who are at-risk and the other set is possible conversation starters. The printouts can be used in conjunction with posters in hallways and restrooms.

See the attached for additional information, including no cost materials and resources.

If you are interested in holding a high school cafeteria youth suicide prevention awareness event, contact Sigrid Reinert at or (360) 236-2843.

May 9, 2017

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is pleased to announce its Call for Presentations for the 2018 Washington Traffic Safety Conference. The event will be held on April 24-26, 2018 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, Washington. You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a breakout session that addresses important issues involving traffic safety.


Why Present at the 2018 Traffic Safety Conference?

- Be part of a collective effort that is saving lives and reducing serious injuries on our state roadways.

- Educate the attendees on your unique traffic safety program/project.

- Collaborate with many experts in the traffic safety field.

- Receive recognition for and feedback about your practice or programs.

- Expand your professional portfolio.

- It’s an amazing professional development opportunity.


Who will attend the Conference – who is the target audience?

- Traffic Safety Engineers

- Traffic Safety/Driver Training Educators

- Traffic Safety Behavioral Experts

- Driver Licensing Specialists

- Law Enforcement Officers

- Emergency Medical Services Staff

- Health Care Providers

- Judicial Professionals/Prosecutors

- Probation Officers

- Motorcyclists

- Pedestrian/Bicyclist Groups

- Many others who care about traffic safety


Important Dates:

- May 31, 2017:  Deadline for submission of Proposals

- July 15, 2017:  Presenters will be notified about proposal selections

- September 31, 2017:  Presenters will be notified when their sessions are scheduled

- April 24 - 26, 2018:  WTSC Traffic Safety Conference


Criteria for Presentations:

- No fees are required to submit a proposal.              

- Your presentation must be educational and informative in nature; sales presentations will not be accepted.

- The presentation must be no longer than 20 minutes.  (We plan on grouping “like” segments for inclusion in longer breakout sessions.)

- Proposals and presentations must be in English.

- All proposals should include the following and must be submitted through the WTSC website at

  -- Name of company or organization represented

  -- Name(s) of the actual presenter(s)

  -- Contact information (email and phone number)

  -- Proposed title of the presentation

  -- Specific audience being targeted (law enforcement, engineering, EMS, judicial, etc.)

  -- Synopsis of the presentation and details of information to be presented (350 words maximum)

  -- Format of the presentation (lecture, demonstration, panel discussion, Q&A, etc.); if you are proposing a panel discussion, tell us who will be on the panel

  -- Audiovisual requirements for the presentation

  -- Length of your presentation, including any Q&A time (limited to no longer than 20 minutes)


Selection of Proposals:

Your presentation proposal will be selected based on:

- Overall quality

- Relevance to traffic safety and/or the Target Zero® Strategic Highway Safety Plan

- Timeliness of the topic, with a well-defined focus on current and emerging issues, best practices, and the challenges facing traffic safety professionals

- Practical applications of Target Zero strategies or countermeasures

- Qualified presenters with expertise in the subject matter

- Engaging program format that involves the audience and stimulates discussion


Tips for Submitting Proposals:

- Be clear.  Write your proposal so it helps the WTSC Conference Planning Committee understand why your session is the right one for the 2018 Traffic Safety Conference.

- Be informative.  Keep the audience in mind:  they’re technical, professional, and will easily detect a marketing pitch.

- Be engaging.  Be bold and creative in your exploration of a topic.  Audience members enjoy stories about what went wrong, what went right, how you used a strategy, and the practicality of applying approaches to traffic safety.

If You Are Selected to Present:
Presenters will be notified about their proposal status via email.  Based on the number of proposals submitted, you may be given a shorter time slot than you requested.  WTSC expects that you will revise your presentation to fit the actual assigned time slot.

To make the conference information accessible to individuals who cannot attend the conference, Traffic Safety Conference sessions may be audio-  or video-recorded and made available to the public after the conference.  Acceptance of a session proposal in response to this Call for Presentations establishes your acceptance of this requirement and conveys your permission to record your session if it is selected.

If You Are Not Selected to Present:
We recognize that, due to the small number of slots available, we likely will not be able to grant all requests for presentation.  We will notify you by email if your proposal was not selected for presentation.

Please contact Myke Gable at WTSC with any questions about this process at



April 26, 2017

This post was updated on May 12, 2017.

Grant Opportunity:
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DSHS/DBHR) intends to award up to five new grants to public agencies or community-based organizations to provide prevention services to high-need communities.
Grants will be available to eligible high-need communities for services that provide high quality and culturally competent replications of evidence-based and research-based substance use prevention programs and strategies that focus on reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids using a community coalition-driven and data informed process. We call this model the Community Prevention and Wellness initiative (CPWI).

Eligible applicants will include local community-based non-profit organizations and public agencies with youth and family-serving capacity who demonstrate excellence in service delivery to high-need communities.

More information:

Attached to this post is the original funding announcement document and the PowerPoint from an Informational Webinar about this funding opportunity that was held on May 2.   

April 24, 2017

Opioids 101 - The Opioid/Heroin Connection
Learn the risks and benefits of prescription opioids for pain management and how to reduce those risks for yourself, your loved ones and the community.

Shoreline Library, Thursday, April 27, 7pm-8:30pm (345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155)