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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.


*** Funding Opportunity: Overdose Data to Action Community Prevention Grants ***

The Overdose Data to Action Community Prevention Grants Program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Strengthening and enhancing the capacity of communities is the goal of this funding opportunity. Emphasis will be placed on promoting strategies and activities that build local capacity to prevent morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses. These include strategies that prevent opioid overuse, misuse, use disorder, overdose, and opioid-related harms.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Overdose Data to Action Program has posted a Request for Application (RFA) for Community Prevention Grants. Eligible applicants include:  local health departments, tribal health clinics, cities, counties, and community-based non-profit organizations.

The Overdose Data to Action Community Prevention Grants Program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Strengthening and enhancing the capacity of communities is the goal of this funding opportunity. Emphasis will be placed on promoting strategies and activities that build local capacity to prevent morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses. These include strategies that prevent opioid overuse, misuse, use disorder, overdose, and opioid-related harms.

Letters of intent are requested by February 3, 2020.
The application deadline is March 3, 2020.
Anticipated contract start date is May 1, 2020.

Virtual Information Sessions

Virtual information sessions regarding submitting a successful application are scheduled for:

January 23, 2020 at 2 p.m.

January 30, 2020 at 10 a.m.

You may send questions to be answered during the sessions to Betsy Swenson. A frequently asked questions document will be made available following the virtual sessions.


*** Grant Announcement: Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships For Success ***

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success grants. The purpose of this grant program is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse and its related problems while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community and state level. The program is intended to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities. Recipients will identify the primary problematic substances in their jurisdictions and develop and implement strategies to prevent the misuse of these substances among youth and adults.

Application Due Date: Friday, March 6, 2020

More information about this grant can be found: HERE.


*** 2020 Emerging Leaders Program ***
APPLICATION NOW OPEN!!!

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is proud to announce the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. This project is aimed at building diversity and capacity in the behavioral health services workforce within under-represented communities throughout Wisconsin. It is a six-month program designed to prepare the next generation of behavioral health leaders. The program seeks to provide professional development and mentorship to individuals from minority populations who are early in their careers and seeking to improve leadership skills in their professional future. The program consists of three in-person meetings that are held in various locations throughout the state, as well as completion of a project during that time.

A Brief Summary of the program provides additional details.

The Application Link is now open and will close on February 28, 2020. 
Additional materials that will need to be downloaded to complete the application include:
W-9 Form (for mileage reimbursement)
Letter of Support Template

If you have questions, please contact Allison Weber (DHS).


*** 2020 Substance Use Prevention Training Sessions and Conferences List ***

Staff at DHS have compiled a list of relevant substance use prevention trainings and conferences for 2020. This list will be updated periodically. If you have questions or would like to suggest a training or conference to be added to the list, please contact: Cecie Culp.


*** The Burden of Binge Drinking in Wisconsin Report ***

A new study from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Population Health Institute examines the cost of binge drinking in Wisconsin. Included in the report are individual county reports that provide county-level estimates, as well. To learn more or download the report, visit: go.wisc.edu/burdenofbingedrinking


Fast Fact Sheets and Reports:

Adult Binge Drinking in Wisconsin

Alcohol and Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault in Wisconsin

Binge Drinking Among College Students and Young Adults

Methamphetamine in Wisconsin

Misuse and Abuse of Opioids in Wisconsin

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Wisconsin

Operating While Intoxicated in Wisconsin

Opioid Overdose Prevention in Wisconsin

Substance Use Among ATV/UTV Users and Boaters

Substance Use Among Older Adults

Substance Use and Other Mental Health Disorders Among Veterans

Substance Use in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations

Substance Use in the Transgender Population

Suicide, Mental Health, and Substance Use

Trauma and Substance Use in Wisconsin

Underage Drinking in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (STR) Prevention Report


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.