Issue 6-38  
              August 14, 2017 
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Spotlight On: Motivational Interviewing

When you're working as a counselor, therapist, or social worker, it's tempting to tell a client how to fix their problems, then judge their behavior and get frustrated when they get stuck and self-sabotage instead of changing their lives for the better. 

Fortunately, there's a more effective way to connect with clients: Motivational Interviewing.

The Motivational Interviewing technique can help human service providers alleviate their clients' resistance to change, identify their goals, and create sustainable change -- as well as reduce the providers' own burnout.

A three-session Motivational Interviewing training is currently being offered by the Alma Institute's Co-Founder, Shawn Smith, for Public Policy Institute grantees and coalition partners. During the first two sessions, attendees have learned how to use this conversational style to help clients come to their own conclusions about why they need to change, and how. In doing so, the served person uses their own motivation and wisdom about their life and choices, which increases the chances that they will sustain the change.

"Don't get the person on your path," Smith counseled. "Get them on their own path."

As Smith explained, William Miller, Ph.D., began developing the seeds of Motivational Interviewing more than 40 years ago when he was studying at UW-Madison and working with clients who abused alcohol while interning at the VA hospital in Milwaukee. 

As Miller recalled in an interview with the journal Addiction in 2009, "I essentially asked these people -- mostly men -- to teach me about their experience. 'How did you get to this place in your life?' 'What's been happening in your life?' and 'Where are you going from here?' I didn't have any therapeutic advice for them, so I just listened, and they seemed to appreciate that, to respond well."

Miller's approach, which showed respect and empathy for his clients, contradicted the then-common view of alcoholics as untrustworthy, manipulative liars. 

Milwaukee's African American Youth 
Have Easy Access to Tobacco

In a recent Shepherd Express op-ed , City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance intern Brittany Goodridge presents powerful evidence on how Milwaukee's African American young people are surrounded by tobacco products and marketing.

Thanks to data collected by the Alliance and its partners, Goodridge explains that Zip codes on the North Side with predominantly African American residents with lower incomes have about three times more retailers selling tobacco than more affluent, white Zip codes on the Upper East Side and suburbs.

In addition, African American youth in North Side neighborhoods seem to be targeted by the tobacco industry, since retailers are more likely to sell tobacco close to schools, display e-cigarettes and flavored little cigars near candy, sell little cigars for under $1, and display more advertising for menthol cigarettes, which are difficult to quit.

Goodridge called for better training of tobacco retailers and local laws to curb youth access to tobacco, especially fruit- and menthol-flavored products seemingly designed to appeal to young people. 

Key to preventing prescription drug misuse is understanding the motivation behind it. A new report from SAMHSA sheds some light on why adults are misusing the most common types of prescription medication. The conclusion: Most people who misuse these drugs are doing so for the very reason that the substance is typically prescribed, and comparatively few were misusing the prescription drug because they were trying to get high.

For example, about 11 million adults reported they misused prescription pain relievers such as hydrocodone or oxycodone at least once in 2015; about 63% of them said it was to relieve physical pain, which is the purpose of the drug.

A deep dive into the data reveals how adults obtain prescription painkillers. The majority of those who misused pain medication -- 53.6% -- said they got their pain relievers from a friend or relative. About one-third (34.9%) of those who misused prescription pain relievers said they had a prescription from one doctor for their pain reliever. A mere 4.9% of those misusing prescription pain relievers bought them from a drug dealer or some other stranger.

You can read the full report on PPI's blog.

In July, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced a comprehensive long-term plan to make cigarettes safer by lowering nicotine levels to non-addictive levels

In addition, the FDA will seek public comment on the role that flavored tobacco, including menthol, play in attracting youth, which has been a big part of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance's work this summer, and encourage manufacturers of newly regulated combustible products (such as cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookah tobacco) and newly regulated noncombustible products, such as e-cigarettes. The FDA says making cigarettes less addictive could save lives, protect kids, and help smokers quit cigarettes. 

CleanSlate  Opens 
Glendale Site

CleanSlate is a doctor-led, medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction using two innovative and proven medications: buprenorphine (Suboxone) and Vivitrol. It recently opened a center in Glendale at 377 River Woods Parkway, Suite 201. Patients may contact CleanSlate at 414-323-6880.

Youth Justice Milwaukee 
Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, August 16

Join the movement to improve our juvenile justice system. The next  Youth Justice Milwaukee Coalition  meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at Urban Underground, 4850 W. Fond du Lac Avenue. To RSVP, email .

International Overdose 
Awareness Day
Thursday, August 31
Location Announced:
Kosciuszko Park

The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) and partners will observe International Overdose Awareness Day at 6 p.m. at Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th Street . Look for more details in the next Prevention Journal. To get involved, contact MCSAP members Deavon Collins ( or Rachael Cooper ( ).

PPI Happy Hour Fundraiser
August 15

Support the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute while you mix and mingle at Blu Milwaukee, on the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel. Our celebrity "Blutenders" -- Community Advocates CEO Andi Elliott and PPI Deputy Director Kari Lerch -- will be serving up drinks to benefit the Institute. On Tuesday, August 15 , from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 10% of all drink proceeds and 100% of tips at Blu will be gifted to the Public Policy Institute. You can RSVP here.

Listening Session for
People with Disabilities
Wednesday, August 16

The City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission (chaired by Jeff Roman of the Public Policy Institute) is hosting a community listening session for people with disabilities, on Wednesday, August 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. First Street. 

QPR Gatekeeper Training
Wednesday, September 13

Learn the skills to prevent a suicide and give hope to others by becoming a Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR)-trained Gatekeeper. This training, presented by Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee , will teach participants to recognize the warning signs of suicide, know how to offer hope, and know how to get help and save a life. 

This QPR training is offered without charge to PPI's Brighter Futures/PHAT grantees, MCSAP coalition members, 53206 Drug-Free Community Coalition, Partnership for Success partners, and the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance members.
Details: Wednesday, September 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at Community Advocates, 728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee. This training may be difficult for someone who has lost a person to suicide in the past six months. 

Register at . For further information please contact .

WAPC 2017 Regional Forum Series
Filling the Gap: What Families Need, What Providers Need
Tuesday, September 26

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) is offering a traveling forum with the theme of moving toward comprehensive care for women and infants affected by opioids. The regional forums will focus on strategies for improving health outcomes for women and infants affected by substance use disorders. 

The forums will build on WAPC's 2015 "Blueprint for Action: Improving Care for Women and Infants Affected by Opioids." The intended audience encompasses health care professionals who work with pregnant women and mothers, public health professionals, social workers, home visitors, mental health/AODA professionals, recovery coaches, counselors, pharmacists, legal professionals, and others.
While the series will be presented throughout Wisconsin, the southeast region's forum will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare/Ascension Wauwatosa Campus, Rooms 5A, B, and C, 201 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. Registration fee is $40 for WAPC members and $60 for nonmembers. You can find more information here and register here .

Building Awareness: A Symposium on Drug Use in Our Community
Monday, October 23

Homestead High School in Mequon is the site of this symposium for parents and students grade 7 and up. WISN 12's Joyce Garbaciak is moderating; the keynote speaker is clinical psychologist Dr. Brian Fidlin, who will talk about resilience and grit. Parents will also hear from the Ozaukee Sheriff's drug unit members, a mother, and engage in a Q&A with a panel. Youth will hear from two young adults in recovery. 

Details: Monday, October 23, at Homestead High School, 5000 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. A resource fair is scheduled from 6 to 6:30 p.m., while the presentations will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Community organizations that would like to participate in the resource fair can contact Shea Halula at 262-241-1004 or


March of Dimes 
State Community Grants Program 2018

To further its mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality, the March of Dimes funds research to understand the problem and discover answers, helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, and supporting families and comforting them when their baby needs help to survive and thrive. 

As part of this effort, the Wisconsin Community Grants Program is designed to invest in priority projects that further the March of Dimes' mission. 

The community grants fund for 2018 is approximately $25,000. It is anticipated that one to three projects will be funded, with grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 each.

Proposed projects should be designed to make an impact on at least one of the following goals:
  • Optimize birth spacing and pregnancy intentionality
  • Smoking cessation of pregnant women
  • Increased number of evidence-based prenatal care groups, especially for African American and Native American women
Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on September 27. To obtain more information or the RFP document itself, contact Marilyn Noll, Maternal and Child Health Program Impact Director, at .

Neu-Life Community Development:
Part-Time Development Manager

Neu-Life Community Development, a nonprofit after-school program located in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood, is seeking an experienced part-time Development Manager to work in partnership with their administrative team to reach their goal of increasing their revenue by 25% over the next three years. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with individual donors and supporters; seeking and securing new funding sources; leading and planning fundraising and donor cultivation events; and more. For details, go to Jobs That Serve .

United Community Center:
Grants Developer

The United Community Center (UCC) of Milwaukee is seeking an experienced full-time Grants Developer. This mission-critical position is responsible for persuasively communicating the organization's mission and programs to potential funders, working in consort with the five-person fund development team, and meeting the financial goals of the UCC and their sister organization, Latino Arts, Inc., by cultivating relationships, developing successful grant applications, and following through on reporting requirements. Get the full job description at Jobs That Serve or UCC's website . Deadline to apply is August 18.

Boys & Girls Clubs of 
Greater Milwaukee:
Program Manager,
Graduation Plus

The full-time program manager manages the daily implementation of outcome-driven Graduation Plus programming in the Education & Career core service area. Responsible for recruiting the sites, coordinating the schedules at the sites, and working with the appropriate Club staff at site. Responsible for budget management, participant data, and reports as needed. You'll find the full job listing on Jobs That Serve .

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