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February 18, 2017

The "Champion for Children" award is sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Generations in partnership with the OSPI Student Support Office. This award is intended to recognize an exemplary individual and/or team committed to providing whole-child, school-based, social, emotional, and physical support to vulnerable, underserved populations of students and their families.

The individual or team chosen to receive this award will have actively demonstrated daily support for students with their efforts positively reflecting active advocacy for social, emotional, and physical wellness. In addition, please clearly articulate examples of their dynamic work to foster student resilience and identify the critical role they have played in creating a foundation for students to thrive in school, their future careers, and lives despite adversity.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 7th. The award will be presented on May 11th at the 2017 Student Support Conference. To access the nomination form, go to:


February 11, 2017

Excerpted from an article published online by the University of California San Francisco.  Link to full article can be found below.

E-cigarettes – thought by some to be responsible for a decline in youth cigarette smoking – are actually attracting a new population of adolescents who might not otherwise have smoked tobacco products, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

In the first national analysis of the impact of e-cigarettes on trends in youth smoking in the United States, UCSF researchers did not find evidence that e-cigarettes have caused youth smoking to decline. In fact, combined e-cigarette and cigarette use among adolescents in 2014 was higher than total cigarette use in 2009, according to the study.

The authors concluded that the low-risk youth in the study, who went on to smoke regular cigarettes, may not have used nicotine at all if e-cigarettes did not exist.

The study will be published online Jan. 23, 2017, in Pediatrics as well as the February print issue of the journal.


Link to review:

Authored by Elizabeth Fernandez, published online on Jan 23, 2017.

February 11, 2017

Earlier this week the Marijuana Prevention and Education Program launched a new campaign to encourage parents and other trusted adults to talk with teens about the risks and consequences of using marijuana. 

This new campaign, Under the Influence…of You, reminds parents and other trusted adults about the influence they have on the teens in their lives, encourages them to talk with teens about the risks and consequences of marijuana, and provides tips on how to have effective conversations.

The campaign features four 15-second animated videos. Each video shows a quirky and relatable scenario between an adult and teen. Outreach efforts include an eight week statewide digital ad buy that leverages video placements on YouTube, Facebook, and other websites. The digital ad buy also includes Seattle Times takeovers and paid search.

The campaign will reach parents of teens (aged 12-17), coaches, teachers, and other caregivers (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.). There will be an additional emphasis placed on reaching parents living in rural areas. Each ad directs to more information at

While developing the campaign, DOH consulted state and community partners. DOH also engaged parents and other adult influencers across the state to provide input on the messaging, tone, look, and feel of the ads.

We encourage our partners and parents to share the videos through social media and at member meetings. If you have questions about the campaign, please contact Kristen Haley, Washington State Department of Health,

January 28, 2017

Description:  Demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating public health and community policing approaches to reduce disparities in access to public health services, reduce violent crimes, and improve the health and well-being of at-risk minority male youth in targeted communities of color through a joint collaborative that includes a public health agency and law enforcement agency. Learn More

Application Deadline: April 4, 2017

Grant Administered by: Office of Minority Health

January 18, 2017

Mentoring Best Practices Builder Forum

Hosted by Mentoring Works Washington

In this monthly forum series, participants from new and developing mentoring programs in community-, school- or site-based programs can take an hour away from their plate of overflowing tasks and sit back to dig deeper into the best practices for mentoring with their peers. Each BPB session starts with a 15-20 minute presentation followed by participants’ questions and ideas. There is no commitment to participate in the full series; you can participate in a single session, a few, or all sessions.

Series Dates

January 26: Recruitment (see details below)

February 23: Screening

March 23: Matching

April 27: Training

May 25: Monitoring & Support

June 22: Match closure

Questions: Pamila Gant, Sr. Program Officer, Outreach and Training   phone (425) 679-5562;

Reasons to participate on January 26th

Mentor recruitment efforts are as crucial as the program design. Successful recruiting strategies help you find the "right" volunteers who have realistic expectations who will stay the course and meet your requirements. While we will discuss the following topics, primarily we will answer questions of you and ask you to share your questions and what works for you. MWW will discuss the following:

  • Effective marketing materials
  • Targeted recruitment effort
  • Taking advantage of every opportunity possible
  • Engaging mentoring participants in recruiting

Sessions made possible with funding support by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

January 13, 2017

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants.

The Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC) is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. Since the passage of the DFC Act of 1997, the DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 volunteers across the country. The philosophy behind the DFC Program is that local problems require local solutions.


  • Application Due Date: March 15, 2017
  • Anticipated Total Available Funding: $8,750,000
  • Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 70 grant awards
  • Estimated Award Amount: Up to $125,000 per year





Please visit the DFC website at under the program updates section for:

  • Information on scheduled FOA Applicant Workshops, including registration link.  These workshops are designed to help those planning to apply for a DFC grant gain a better understanding of the technical aspects of completing the application.
  • Call the DFC FOA Helpline Team, Division of Community Programs at (202) 276-1270.
  • Email your questions to the DFC FOA Helpline Team at
January 9, 2017

Drug-Free Action Alliance is sponsoring the Big Bowl Vote again this year.

Last year, 112 million people watched the NFL Super Bowl with youth under 21 making up about 18% of the audience. Millions of youth were exposed to alcohol advertisements, and studies show that alcohol ads directly increase underage drinking. 

Meanwhile, 10,000 middle and high school students in 20 states participated in Drug Free Action Alliance's Big Bowl Vote 2016 last year, which once again revealed how appealing those Super Bowl alcohol ads are to children by letting the kids tell us what their favorite and most memorable commercials were. It also provides a great and relevant discussion point for media literacy.

Interested in participating in the 2017 Big Bowl Vote? 
The process is simple:

  1. Friday, February 3 - Have questionnaire copies made and ready for distribution.
  2. Sunday, February 5, 2017 - Watch the NFL Super Bowl game.
  3. Monday, February 6, 2017 - Have your students or youth fill out the Big Bowl Vote questionnaire. Tally the results using a tally form we'll provide, and email the results to us at a link we'll send you.

The results are then used to issue a press release detailing the national findings. 

Click here to get the 2017 Big Bowl Vote Playbook and to learn more about the Big Bowl Vote!

You can also click here to see a sample tally form!

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions to improve the Big Bowl Vote, contact Jim Phipps at or Nathan Kraatz at

January 9, 2017

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) recently published their Announcement of Available Grant Funds for Federal Fiscal Year 2018!  The WTSC hopes to see many innovative ideas from around the state to help achieve the Target Zero Vision. 

In the past, the funds have been allocated to support environmental prevention strategies like Parent Party Patrols in both Pierce and Thurston Counties and an array of local strategies directed at reducing youth impaired driving.

For more information visit:

These are one-year grants with an operating period of October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018. Typically, awarded grants range from  $5,000 to $150,000.

The following are eligible to receive grants:

  • Washington state agencies
  • Federally recognized tribal governments
  • Cities, counties and their sub-agencies
  • Non-profit organizations with existing IRS 501©(3) status
  • Public schools (and private schools with non-profit status)

Deadline for submitting proposals:  5:00 pm (pacific) on February 10, 2017. 

January 6, 2017

Hello Fellow WA State DFC Funded Coalition Leaders and Friends of SA Prevention,

Each year, many of us make the journey back to the “other Washington” to attend CADCA’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) in early February.  This year I’m happy to be attending and offered to help us coordinate our WA State Delegation for Capitol Hill Day.  For those that have not attended, that is the day during the NLF when all attendees are invited to head to Capitol Hill (transport provided), hear from some elected officials, and then attend meetings with our own WA State Electeds to whom we can chose to bring a prevention message (see pasted email below).  Advocacy at its finest!

You can help coordinate by doing the following:

1. See below about Hill Day and attend the webinar in January.

2. Send me a list of members (and emails) from your coalition who are attending the NLF. Please differentiate youth vs. adults (and which youth track your youth will attend—there are new choices this year!) I will coordinate an email list and we can plan some of our messaging early, if needed. Note, when SeaHawks are in the Superbowl (Sunday, Feb 5)— note that many flights arrive in-time to see the game.  We can coordinate viewing parties if there is critical mass to do so. Go. Hawks.

3. Take note that CADCA will help by setting-up appointments with our Senators (Murray and Cantwell). You (we/us/me/I) need to schedule appointments with our own Representatives. I suggest doing this now. You can contact the CADCA Public Policy Associate for assistance (see contact below for Chris Naso).

4. Plan to show up the night before Hill Day (Tuesday) during the scheduled state meetings where we are provided a chance to coordinate with support from CADCA.  This meeting is built into the conference schedule. That evening, I will present some info from WA State, and we will have a chance to hear from our DBHR leader, Sarah Mariani. It is also when we can decide which youth want to present to our elected the following day. This is a GREAT time for youth to take a leadership role—I hope adults will help prepare a salient message with youth ahead of time.  All youth attending should plan on attending Hill Day and consider (100% optional) taking a speaking role with our electeds.

5. Show up!! If you can swing it, WA tends to have great turn-out at this event. A few years back, we had the second most attendees of any state (or territory).  Wow!  Let’s show up and advocate/educate our elected leaders about the importance of prevention.

Note: Hill Day is always optional.  Speaking personally, however, I think it is the highlight of the NLF and one of the best leadership/advocacy opportunities around for youth interested in prevention work.

Thanks all-see many of you at the NLF,


2015: WA Delegation of adults and youth meet with Senator Murray

2015: WA Youth address Senator Cantwell

Capitol Hill Day 2017 at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum

The Day – Wednesday February 8, 2017

355042C63B8944129D232D516059CC72@LenovoPCCoalitions are critical to Engineering Healthy Communities across the country. In the midst of a deepening opioid epidemic, substance abuse prevention funding has never been more needed. We know that your coalitions are on the front lines fighting to prevent youth abuse of drugs and alcohol, and we need you to communicate this to your federal legislators. Capitol Hill Day is one of the most exciting events at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, providing participants the opportunity to meet and educate policymakers in Congress about the importance of substance abuse prevention.


The kickoff event, the Capitol Hill Day Plenary, will feature remarks from members of Congress and Sue Thau about what’s going on in Washington D.C. that affects our field. Following the Plenary is the Capitol Hill Day Reception, where Members of Congress will address attendees over light refreshments. After that, it’s time to make your mark in Washington D.C. and drive home the importance of substance use/abuse prevention in meetings with your Congressional representatives.


Making Your Capitol Hill Day Appointment

As in the past, CADCA is ready and waiting to arrange your Capitol Hill Day appointments for you. Simply complete and submit this online form and CADCA will contact you with your confirmed appointments in January. The deadline to request an appointment through CADCA is January 13th. After January 13th, appointments can still be made, but you must contact your Congressional delegates’ offices directly. If you have any questions, contact Chris Naso at or (703-706-0560 ext. 244).


Given the budgetary constraints our nation is currently facing and the fact that substance abuse prevention funding has been cut by more than 48% over the last decade, it is critical to take advantage of this opportunity! CADCA will provide complimentary transportation so Forum participants can meet with their U.S. Representative and both Senators between 1:00-5:00 p.m.


Template for Your Hill Meetings’ Handouts

9A343DB52F574D88AD501B9369F112F8@LenovoPCMake your Capitol Hill Day visits as effective as possible. We encourage you to use the attached template to create your own one-pagers to showcase the names of your coalition’s members in all 12 sectors, and to display your successes/outcomes visually (from baseline to current) to present to your Congressional delegation during your meetings. Chris (contact information above) can help in formatting the one-pager, if needed.


Webinar on Capitol Hill Day Priorities

CADCA will host a Capitol Hill Day webinar in January to provide you with a sneak peak at the legislative kits that will be handed out onsite and provide you with tips to ensure that you make the most out of your congressional meetings. Details regarding the webinar will be coming soon!


Chris Naso

Public Policy Associate

CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)

625 Slaters Lane, Suite 300

Alexandria, VA 22314

T: 703.706.0560 ext 244

F: 703.706.0565



Derek Franklin

Administrative & Professional Services Manager

Project Director, Mercer Island Communities That Care Coalition

Mercer Island Youth & Family Services

2040  84th Avenue SE

Mercer Island, WA 98040-2222


C: (206) 849-8963

W: (206) 275-7745

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January 6, 2017

WA prevention professional colleagues,

The monthly SA prevention professional calls currently hosted by WASAVP is in the process of being reworked and improved.  To help, please complete the following short survey and provide your feedback and suggestions:[]

Thank you for your support for this process.

For questions contact:  Derek Franklin - (206) 275-7745  or Cathy Kelley (509) 837-9629.