April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Source: NCADI web site

To recognize the serious problem of alcohol abuse, April is designated “Alcohol Awareness Month.” April 8 marks the annual observance of National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD). At locations across the United States, people can be screened—anonymously—to see if their drinking habits may be risky.
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If you suspect that you might have a drinking problem, or you know someone who abuses alcohol, please contact SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-800-729-6686 or find a screening site located near you.

Visit NCADI’s Alcohol Awareness page.
Visit the PIC homepage for suggested resources and links related to Alcohol Awareness Month.

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1,600 Town Hall Meetings on Underage Drinking Scheduled

Source: Jointogether.org News Summary, 3/25/08

The federal government is cosponsoring a series of more than 1,600 town-hall meetings nationwide in March and April focused on the problem of underage drinking.

The first meeting was held on March 24 in Riverton, Wyo., and was attended by Acting U.S. Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, Wyoming first lady Nancy Freudenthal, and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo). The meetings are being sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, and state and local leaders.

The intent of the meetings is to raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and educate parents, community leaders and others on how to combat the problem locally. Attendees will include public officials, parents, youths, community leaders, law-enforcement officials, highway-safety experts, alcohol-control officers, and business leaders.

“This problem is not going away on its own,” said Galson. “Only by working together can we make a difference.”

More information about the town hall meetings — which will be held in all 50 states — can be found online at www.stopalcoholabuse.gov or by calling 1-877-SAMHSA7.

Click here to see events in Colorado.

Youth Drinking Prevention Less Effective in Urban Community

Source: Jointogether.org Research Summary, 3/19/2008
A model prevention program that worked well in rural communities did not achieve the same results in curbing drinking among middle-school students in an urban area, a new study finds.

Science Daily reported March 17 that researchers said that Project Northland, a prevention program that reduced alcohol use 20-30 percent over three years in rural Minnesota, had no impact on middle-schoolers in Chicago who took part in the program versus those who did not.

Study lead author Kelli A. Komro of the University of Florida College of Medicine said the negative findings in Chicago surprised researchers. “This is an important finding to realize this program was not enough,” said Komro. “The bottom line is this: Low-income children in urban areas need more, long-term intensive efforts.”

The program stressed three main messages: that drinking is unacceptable in school, at home, and in the community. The project was student-led in schools, family oriented at home, and spearheaded by neighborhood volunteers at the community level. But project leaders had difficulty getting urban community leaders engaged on the issue of youth alcohol use.

“People in these areas are concerned with housing, they’re concerned with gangs and other drug use,” Komro said. “There was a whole upfront effort where we had to educate people about how alcohol was related to those other issues, and that it was an important issue to think about with their young people.”

There was at least one positive result from the Chicago study, however: after community teams visited alcohol stores and urged owners not to sell to minors, local youth reported a 64-percent decline in their ability to buy alcohol.

The study was published online in the journal Addiction.

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Voices of Strength Conference & Pre Conference Institute : in Denver 5/1-5/3 2008

Voices of Strength Conference 2008The Rocky Mountain Region’s Premier Positive Youth Development Conference is back, and you won’t want to miss it!

The Voices of Strength Conference is a place where you can take time to learn, reflect, network, and renew your commitment to positive youth development and building healthy communities.

This year’s event includes in-depth Pre Conference sessions, an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, and more than 50 conference learning sessions on a wide range of topics.

Early bird registration ends April 1! Don’t wait, register today!

Click here to learn more about the conference and the sessions being offered. To register online visit www.regonline.com/vos2008.

CSAP Grant: STOP Act

Request for Applications (RFA) No. SP-08-004
Posting on Grants.gov: March 6, 2008
Receipt Date: April 9, 2008
Announcement Type: Initial

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2008 for Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act) grants.

The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth in communities throughout the United States. It was created to strengthen collaboration among communities, the Federal Government, and state, local and tribal governments; to enhance intergovernmental cooperation and coordination on the issue of alcohol use among youth; to serve as a catalyst for increased citizen participation and greater collaboration among all sectors and organizations of a community that first demonstrates a long-term commitment to reducing alcohol use among youth; and to disseminate to communities timely information regarding state-of-the-art practices and initiatives that have proven to be effective in preventing and reducing alcohol use among youth.

Download the Complete Announcement No. SP-08-004:
Download RFA in Adobe PDF Format  (614 KB)

Funding Mechanism:Grant
Due Date for Applications:April 9, 2008
Anticipated Total Available Funding:$3.93 million
Anticipated Number of Awards:Up to 80
Anticipated Award Amount:Up to $50,000 per year
Length of Project Period:Up to 4 years

New Report Provides Substance Use and Mental Health Information for Each State

Source: SAMHSA News Release, 3/6/2008

New Report Provides Substance Use and Mental Health Information for Each State
Finds Variation in Problems among the States, But That all Face Challenges

A new report providing analyses of substance use and mental health patterns occurring in each state reveals that there are wide variations among the states in problems like illicit drug use and underage drinking, but that no state was immune from these problems. For example, past month use of alcohol among persons aged 12 to 20 (underage use of alcohol) ranged from a low of 21.5 percent in Utah to a high of 38.3 percent in Vermont. Yet Utah had the highest level of people age 18 or older reporting serious psychological distress in the past year (14.4 percent), while Hawaii had the lowest level (8.8 percent).

View the whole press release.
View the report at : http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k6State/toc.cfm

Free Teleconference: Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are LGBT

Source : SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated With Mental Illness
The SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated With Mental Illness invites you to participate in a free teleconference training titled, “Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT).”

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Time)
(12:00 PM -1:30 PM Mountain Time)

To register for this training teleconference, please click here for the registration page.

Please note: Registration for this teleconference will close at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Monday, March 10, 2008.