The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) brings together coalitions, individuals and resources for a common goal that affects young people through the promotion of positive youth development. This goal of preventing substance abuse and behavioral health concerns is supported by over 90 AWY coalition’s members with the mission and focus to enhance and support those Alliance coalitions in their prevention efforts and youth development work.

Check out the website and become a Member.


*** Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2, Spice) in Wisconsin ***

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is investigating cases of severe bleeding from people who have used synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2, spice, or fake weed.

Illinois has had over 100 cases, including two deaths related to severe bleeding and reported use of synthetic cannabinoids. These products are found across the U.S. in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, and online.

Please post the Synthetic cannabinoids flyer at locations where people who may use these products are, such as churches, needle exchange programs, employee assistance, or homeless shelters.

Thank you for your help with sharing this information. If you have any questions, please contact DHSEnvHealth@wi.gov, or 608-332-0891.

*** Opportunity to Address Substance Use Disorders in the LGBT-2S Population ***

There is an opportunity for AWY coalition members interested in addressing substance use disorders in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit (LGBT-2S) population in their community, to join a workgroup being created to address this problem.

This workgroup will be comprised of both coalition members and LGBT resource centers/organizations in the state. Participation is not mandatory and coalitions do not have to currently be working with or serving LGBT-2S persons in order to participate.

Please see the LGBT-2S Workgroup letter for more information.

***Parents Who Host Lose the Most 2018 Campaign***

Parents Who Host Lose the Most (PWHLM) Campaign is an evidence based program developed by the Drug Free Action Alliance of Ohio. Underage drinking is illegal. It has long-term health consequences and is one of the leading causes of death among youth. The PWHLM campaign promotes safe prom and graduation events by discouraging underage drinking parties hosted by parents, family, and friends.

This is the last year in which the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will provide PWH materials and billboard signage to coalitions.

The timeline for sending in applications requesting PWHLM campaign materials is from December 1 – 15, 2017. Applications received after the December 15th deadline will be given consideration for acceptance only if materials are available.

For more information, please visit here

If interested in participating in this campaign, please see the application form – PWHLTM 2018 application

** STR Prevention Funding AVAILABLE **

RVSD Coalition Funding Announcement and Application Final

Opioid STR Coalition Application FAQ_updated 11.8

Division of Care Treatment Services (within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services) is partnering with the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) Regional Prevention Centers (RPCs) to make funding available to AWY member coalitions. The purpose of this funding is to provide local coalitions with resources to implement specific strategies aimed at reducing the availability of and access to opioids for nonmedical purposes and to prevent the consequences of opioid abuse.

Funds are intended to enhance local coalition-led efforts related to preventing opioid abuse and NOT supplant current or ongoing prevention efforts. For this reason, the 14 coalitions who receive Partnerships for Success (PFS15) funding are eligible to apply for only one Opioid STR funded strategy; coordination of naloxone training and distribution. Coalitions who receive funding through other AWY RPC menu option projects may not apply to implement the same strategy through this application.

In order to apply for funds, applicant coalitions must:

  • Be an AWY member in good standing as of October 1, 2017.
  • Identify the target area where strategies will be implemented.
  • Agree to comply with all reporting requirements, including tracking educational material distribution.
  • Complete the online Opioid STR Coalition Menu Option Application and related Material Distribution/Implementation Plan by November 15, 2017.
  • Agree to complete strategy implementation by April 30, 2018.

APPLICATIONS must be completed online by going to: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3802807/STR-Funding-Application

Fast Fact Sheets:

***New Infographics and Fact Sheets will be produced in 2017***

Substance Use in the Transgender Population


Substance Use Among ATV/UTV Users and Boaters


Methamphetamine in Wisconsin


Substance Use Among Older Adults


Substance Use in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations


Misuse and Abuse of Opioids in Wisconsin


Opioid Overdose Prevention in Wisconsin


Trauma and Substance Use in Wisconsin


Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Wisconsin


Alcohol and Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Wisconsin


Adult Binge Drinking in Wisconsin


Operating While Intoxicated in Wisconsin


Underage Drinking in Wisconsin


WISCONSIN ALCOHOL POLICY PROJECT: The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project has expanded and reorganized it website to provide users with comprehensive library of downloadable alcohol policy resources. Building from the alcohol policy information previously found on Health in Practice, this site provide all the issue materials prepared by the Alcohol Policy Project, media coverage of Wisconsin’s alcohol culture plus PowerPoint presentations (with scripts) to help community leaders describe and explain alcohol policy.

Don’t wait, visit our new website and tell your colleagues about this great resource.  http://law.wisc.edu/wapp/

Wisconsin residents are taking action to improve our alcohol environment, our expanded website is your tool box for change.

Wisconsin Underage Drinking Prevention Video

This video was developed under contract number HHSS2832007000071/HHSS28342002T, Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives, with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The content of this video does not necessarily reflect the views and policies of SAMHSA or HHS.