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New report from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities. March 2009. For information or to order a copy go to:

Prevention Works, Prevention Handbook
National publication published by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Prevention Network

Suicide Prevention Resource Center - fact sheets which describe statistics on deaths by suicide, estimated hospitalized attempts, and data on medical costs, work loss costs, gender, race/ethnicity, age and method. Go to here to view the updated documents for national data as well as many states including Alaska.

DHSS now on Twitter and Facebook! (8/10/09)
Click on links at the bottom of this page to go to them.

Behavioral Health receives federal $10.7 million Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant to develop rural substance abuse prevention capacity. (7/14/09)

State receives $1.5 million federal SAMHSA grant to reduce and prevent youth suicide in Alaska.


Apply for a Community Transformation Grant!
There will be 75 grants awarded by the CDC. The purpose of this program is to create healthier communities by building capacity to implement broad evidence and practice-based policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure changes in large counties, states, tribes and territories, including in rural and frontier areas. Letters of Intent are due by June 3rd

To view the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Prevention and Early Intervention RFP click here.

State awards domestic violence prevention grants for rural Alaska

The SPF SIG Request for Proposals (RFP)

is online and ready for coalitions to begin the proposal process.
You may also access the SPF SIG RFP by referring to the
State Public Notices. Please note the deadline for receipt of
proposals is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

SPFSIG Alaska Strategic Plan


The Annual FAScinating Families Camp
February 13-16, 2009
Don't wait - this unique camp fills up fast!


A Request For Letters Of Interest (RFLOI) for FY 2009 solicitation of suicide prevention planning grants in targeted rural regions of the state has been posted on the Division of Behavioral Health on-line Public Notices website. For more details including solicitation, regions eligible and other information, click the link below. Deadline for letters of interest are due on November 28th. For more information, contact James Gallanos at (907) 465-8536 or toll free at 1-877-393-2287 or
Click here for Public Notices

Alaska Youth Suicide Prevention Project grant awarded for FY 2009-2011

December 1-3, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska’s Health:  Bridging the Gap
26th Alaska Health Summit, sponsored by the Alaska Public Health Association

Anchorage Sheraton Hotel
Click here for registration information

October 7-10, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska
Informed Systems of Care for Youth with Brain-Based Conditions:  Implications for Practice, Program and Policy

Diane V. Malbin, M.S.W., Keynote Speaker
Anchorage Hilton Hotel
Registration for this event is available on-line at
Click here for information flyer

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training

The draft State of Alaska Plan to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking closed for public comment May 23, 2008.

Click here to read the plan. To submit a comment on the plan,

Mail to:
Department of Health and Social Services
Behavioral Health
Attn: Preventing Underage Drinking Plan
P.O. Box 110620
Juneau, AK 99811-0620

Call: 1-877-393-2287

Or e-mail:

The document and comment information is also available at the online public notices system: Click here.

May 5-7, 2008, Sheraton Hotel, Anchorage
34th Annual School on Addictions: Advocacy, the Key to Our Future. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse Directors Association of Alaska. For information:

June 2-6, 2008, Glennallen, Alaska
25th Annual Rural Provider’s Conference
Healthy Families, Healthy Communities. For information call 800-478-7227 or visit the website at


Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training - University of Alaska, Anchorage

The Partners in Policymaking Program is recruiting for Fall 2007 PiP Interns. The Internship is a training opportunity to help you learn to be an effective advocate for yourself or someone you care about. The training is designed for individuals with disabilities, behavioral/mental health disorders, elders, people with long-term care needs, and family members. No fees are involved for the internship. The Fall Internship will run from September 12 through November 14. For more information on Partners in Policymaking or to access an application for the internship go to:

“Prevention Research in Alaska: Scientific and Community Experiences in Preventing Youth’s Use of Inhalants & Other Harmful Legal Products.” Hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sponsored by the Alaska Action Research Consortium. Friday, September 7, 2007 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm at the UAA Consortium Library, Room 307a. For information contact Kristen Ogilvie via e-mail at


Gov. To Increase Substance Abuse Funding!

New Reports Released on Prevention, Early Intervention and Substance Abuse:

Wingspread Declaration: A National Strategy for Improving School Connectedness

Citing a vast body of empirical evidence, leaders in education and public health policy today called on the nation’s schools to strengthen their connections with students, outlining a multi-pronged strategy aimed at boosting academic performance while reducing drug and alcohol use, suicide, violence, smoking, and sex among teens.

To that end, schools should make greater efforts to set and implement high academic standards, apply fair and consistent disciplinary policies, and ensure that every student feels close to at least one supportive adult at school, according to the group, whose statement was published in the September 2004 special issue of the Journal of School Health.

Journal of School Health--September 2004, Vol. 74, No. 7

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