Prevention & Early Intervention
Family Voice FASD Forum in Juneau, February 2-6, 2015. This forum invites Alaskans (18 years and older) who experience a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or family members of a person with an FASD, who may also have experience with Alaska’s behavioral health system (such as foster care, substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, residential psychiatric treatment, juvenile justice (DJJ), Office of Children’s Services (OCS), homeless services, etc.) – to offer their perspectives to legislators and other policy-makers on issues that affect them. Click HERE for application. Submission deadline is December 12th. If selected through our application process, travel, hotel, and food—paid for by funding from the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
America’s Health Rankings 2014, United Health Foundation report.
Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, Mental Health America report.
Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence, November 2014 report.
State of Alaska Epidemiologic Profile on Substance Use, Abuse & Dependency: Consumption & Consequences.
Update 2013. The Epidemiology Workgroup of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant has just released the Update 2013 of their comprehensive review of substance use data for the State of Alaska. To obtain a copy click here.
New media campaign to help parents talk to younger children about the dangers of underage drinking. “Talk. They Hear You.” a new national public service announcement (PSA) campaign that empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking was recently launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For copies of all the campaign materials go to: http://samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/
Alaska’s Strategies to Prevent Underage Drinking is an update of the 2009 publication on preventing underage drinking. These recommendations are an overview of what existing literature describes as being effective. The specific actions are items the committee believes are possible to implement in the next three years. Increasing the use of these recommendations and specific actions will help to build a stronger foundation in the statewide effort to prevent underage drinking.
Upcoming Training & Conferences
32nd Annual Health Summit: “Healthy Alaskans: Every Day, Every Community.” January 27-29, 2015. Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 25th National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA’s 1th Prevention Day. February 2-5, 2015 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, outside of DC. This year’s theme—Mission: Possible Agents of Change. For more information go to http://forum.cadca.org.
The Alaska Youth Policy Summit will be happening in Juneau, February 15-18, 2015. Please read below to learn about the summit. Click HERE for application. The deadline for applying is Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5pm.
The Alaska Youth Policy Summit invites youth ages 18-24 years who live in Alaska and have had direct experience with Alaska’s social services system. The 2015 Alaska Youth Policy Summit happens Sunday-Wednesday, February 15-18 in Juneau. Scolarships include travel, hotel, and food paid for by a grant through the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Youth will be notified by December 20th and, if selected, will need to accept by December 31st.