Genesee County Prevention Coalition Newsletter
July 2020

GCPC July  News & Updates

In response to the ongoing circumstances related to  COVID-19 the GCPC will begin a slow transition to open the office to the public. Office hours are Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 3:00 pm. Staff have returned to the office on a part-time basis. Our primary goal is to continue to maintain prevention services and resources to our community. Please reach out to us if we can be of assistance in providing information and support for addressing substance use and mental health concerns during this difficult time.
No GCPC Meetings in July

** All meetings will be held online through Zoom until further notice. Workgroup members will receive a meeting notification with the Zoom link. **
August Meeting Schedule

  • Marijuana/Vaping Awareness Workgroup meets Tuesday, August 4, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30am*
  • GCPC Community Partner Meeting Tuesday, August 11, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.  
  • Prescription Drug Workgroup meets Tuesday, August 18, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Underage Drinking Workgroup meets Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*


*If you would like to join a workgroup Zoom meeting and are not currently a member of a workgroup, please contact the following staff to be added to the distribution list.
Prescription Drug Workgroup: Lisa -
Underage Drinking Workgroup: Emily -
Marijuana and Nicotine Workgroup: Kelly -

Recovery LIVE! Supporting Families of Adults Who Experience SMI and/or SUD
Family members play varied roles in the lives of adults with mental illness or substance use disorder. Many family members provide emotional, social, and instrumental supports including help with money, housing, child care, and transportation. Family members often help their loved ones to access and navigate services, and face unique challenges as they do so. Increasingly, organizations are recognizing that supporting families is an important part of supporting individuals in or seeking recovery.

SAMHSA's Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) invites you to join national experts in a conversation about the experiences of families as they support their loved ones.

Register Here for this live virtual event on July 23rd from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Prevention Prepared Communities Training

Prevention Prepared Communities (PPC) operate as systems of prevention in communities across the United States. PPC involve creating communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, and workplaces take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide. The PPC training is predicated on provider agencies role and responsibility in producing outcomes (systems, behavioral, and process outcomes) for the individuals and communities they serve. This training provides them the capacity to do so.

The Prevention Prepared Communities training's have been moved to a virtual format and will qualify as "face-to-face (in-person) education" for Social Work and MCBAP!

Registration: You must register through CMHA first, and then register in Zoom with the SAME email address. You will receive a CMHA confirmation email with the link to Register in ZOOM. The Zoom confirmation will contain the link to access the training.

Parents Who Host Lose The Most - What You Need to Know About Responsible Hosting 

As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen or your teen's friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent's permission. You may be assuming legal liability allowing a person under 21 to remain in our home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. 

If you break this law you can face a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail and a fine up to $2,500. Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone of any age and they in turn hurt someone, hurt themselves, or damage property. Officers can take any alcohol, money or property used in committing the offense. 

Things you can do as a parent:
  • Refuse to supply alcohol to teens
  • Be at home when your teen has a party, set a start and end time, and make sure anyone leaving the party is not allowed to return
  • Make sure alcohol is not brought to your home by your teen's friends
  • Call the parents of any teen to be found in possession of alcohol
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your teen will be attending
  • Think outside the box; brainstorm with your teen some fun summer activities that are alcohol free
Check out this video on alcohol safety this summer! 
NIDA's Got a Brand New Look! 

NIDA invites you to visit the enhanced Find up-to-date, science-based information on addiction science research on NIDA's redesigned website. The site offers resources for researchers, clinicians, educators, and the public-all grounded in the latest scientific research findings. 

Visit the New Site Here
Is Your Story Making You Sick? - Virtual Screening Coming Soon
The GCPC is partnering with Serenity House of Flint to bring the community a screening of the documentary Is Your Story Making You Sick? from Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Director Frances Causey. Screening will take place in late August 2020. Registration and event details coming soon.

Is Your Story Making You Sick? shows how people can rewrite the toxic stories they tell themselves. The film reveals how individuals battling addiction, trauma, and depression can change their stories and transcend their pain.
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