Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
October 12, 2017
First Edition of the Reinvigorated Monthly Series


My name is Jazzmyne Adams and I am excited to say I am the newest member of the Prevention Team at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute!  I am a current student at UW-Milwaukee's  Zilber School of Public Health on the Public Health Policy and Administration Track. I first came to Community Advocates as a summer Policy Intern as part of my field experience requirement for my degree. Over the summer, I researched and helped develop policy alternatives  to expand on the Wisconsin's  Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) agenda. During my summer internship, I became very passionate about prevention, especially as it pertains to combating the current opioid crisis. I am looking forward to assisting Kari Lerch build the capacity of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth as a Prevention Coordinator and am very much looking forward to learning about the other prevention initiatives that are in the works across the state!

This newsletter will be the first of a monthly series that I will be sending with information that may be resourceful to AWY coalitions. Please feel free to send me any announcements, events, news stories or suggestions of things that I should include in upcoming editions. 

Thank you for your commitment to youth prevention efforts and service and I look forward to working with you!

Forward the information to Jazzmyne at

Jazzmyne Adams
Prevention Coordinator
Community Advocates
Public Policy Institute 



Photo credit: CDC
New Study Describes Suicide Trends Among and Within Urbanization Levels

The CDC has released, Suicide Trends Among and Within Urbanization Level by Sex, Race/Ethnicity, Age Group, and Mechanism - United States, 2001-2015 in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Rural Health Series.  Findings present rates of suicide by urbanization level, demographic characteristics, and mechanism of death.

Key Findings
  • Rural counties consistently had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties.
  • Across metropolitan and rural areas, suicide rates for males were four to five times higher than for females.
  • Suicide rates for black non-Hispanics were consistently lower in rural areas than in urban areas.
  • White non-Hispanics have the highest suicide rates in metropolitan counties while American Indian/Alaska native non-Hispanics have the highest rates in rural counties.
  • Findings by age group revealed increases in suicide rates for all ages with the highest rates and greatest rate increases in rural counties.
Suicide is preventable with multiple, comprehensive suicide prevention strategies. CDC's technical package of policies, programs, and practices to prevent suicide helps communities focus on strategies that have the best available evidence to prevent suicide.

Spread the Word

  • Suicides in rural areas occur at higher rates than in urban areas. Suicide is preventable. Help focus prevention efforts in communities where help is needed most. Learn more in new CDC report:
  • Suicide rates are higher in rural areas. Focus prevention efforts in communities that need help: #VetoViolence
Learn More

Stay Strong MKE 2018 
RFP Released

Are you working toward reducing substance use and misuse among Milwaukee youth? If so, consider applying for  Stay Strong MKE grant funding for 2018 . The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute invites proposals from not-for-profit organizations or government entities providing services in Milwaukee County that provide programming and services directed toward the prevention of alcohol and other drug use or abuse (AODA) and misuse among youth. You'll find the RFP and related materials on MCSAP's website

Don't hesitate: We're holding a bidders' conference on Friday, October 20. Submit all questions to PPI Prevention Manager Elysse Chay at by Monday, October 16. Those questions and answers will be posted on MCSAP's site and will be addressed at the bidders' conference.
DSPS Launches Public Statistics Dashboard for Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Contact: Nicole Anspach, 608-266-6795

Madison, WI -  On October 5th, 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) launched the public statistics dashboard for the Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (WI ePDMP). The dashboard provides easy-to-use interactive data visualizations for controlled substance dispensing, ePDMP utilization, and law enforcement alerts. Statistics archives dating back to the program's implementation in 2013 are also available on the dashboard.

"Making this information readily available to the public is one more way to hold the state, prescribers, and law enforcement accountable in the fight against prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin," said Governor Walker.
Public users can now easily access dispensing data broken down by county, drug type, drug class, alert type, demographic, and the overall number of patients with controlled substance prescriptions dispensed by year. The dashboard also provides WI ePDMP utilization data by healthcare user type, active user accounts, and utilization by non-healthcare users including law enforcement, government employees, and medical examiners. Interactive maps show law enforcement alerts by county and alert type, as well as the number of law enforcement alerts submitted to the ePDMP by year. 

Click here  to read the full report. 


Save the Date

Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference:
Building Diverse Relationships
 December 6-7, 2017
Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Stevens Point,WI

This year's focus will be on building diverse relationships. Within that topic we will have speakers throughout both days discussing: mental health and media, recovery culture, substance use, mindfulness, peer specialist certification and curriculum changes, suicide, ethics, boundaries, trauma informed care, youth peer support, healthy nourishment, coping mechanisms, addressing burnout, and much more! Please remember, this event is also a great opportunity to fulfill various continuing education requirements.

Registration is LIVE on the website. Scholarships ARE currently available! Scholarships will be granted to cover one night's lodging and all registration costs (with an ending balance of $25 total). If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to attend this conference, please visit the website to retrieve a scholarship application. Follow directions and submit completed application to  Katie Kress  via email, fax, or mail. Applications need to be received by October 20, 2017 . Those awarded will be notified no later than October 30, 2017.

Who should attend? Peer Specialists, Advocates, Mental Health Professionals, Volunteers in the Mental Health Field, Individuals interested in supporting others more effectively.
When to plan? Wednesday and Thursday, December 6-7, 2017
Where to go? Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Stevens Point WI
When to Register? Registration is live NOW (unless submitting a scholarship)

1. Demonstrate aspects of effective peer support within community services of mental
health and substance use recovery.
2. Enhance individual skills to provide more effective personal support.
3. Explore innovative applications of peer support in communities.

"Love Drives - Hope Wins!"
Tamra Oman -
SU Counselor, Recovery Support Specialist

"Healing Voices" Film Screening
The film debriefing from director/producer PJ Moynihan. A social action documentary that is changing the conversation about mental health.

"The Anonymous People" Film Screening
A feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is a great way to catalyze a dialogue on addiction awareness and recovery advocacy.

If you need an interpreter, materials in alternate formats, or other accommodations, please contact Katie Kress at 608-787-1111 prior to November 1, 2017.

CONFERENCE QUESTIONS: Call UWSP-Continuing Education Customer Service at 715-346-3838 or email

The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
Regional Training for the
Northeast, Southeast & Southern Regions

What : A two- day training with multiple breakout sessions

Who: Coalition coordinators and members are encouraged to attend

WhenMay 21st-22nd, 2018

Where: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel

For more information please contact: Jazzmyne Adams 


Call for Presentations/Proposals
18th Annual Alcohol Policy Conference
April 11-13, 2018

The 18th Annual Alcohol Policy Conference, convened by the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance, will be held in April 2018 in Washington, D.C., and will focus on translating alcohol policy research into public health practice by building an evidence-based social movement. 

Organizers are seeking proposal abstracts for next year's conference, either as oral presentations (15-minute spoken presentation plus five-minute Q&A; 90-minute panel presentation; or 90-minute interactive workshop presentation) or a poster presentation highlighting prevention principles in research and practice. The deadline is October 20 at midnight Eastern. 

You can find details on suggested focus areas and submission requirements on the conference's website

National Conference on 
Addiction Disorders
August 19-22, 2018

The National Conference on Addiction Disorders  is accepting presentation submissions for its next summit, scheduled for August 2018 in Anaheim, California. NCAD will consider presentations on any topic related to addiction treatment, including prevention/intervention, professional development, and holistic care. Deadline for submissions is Friday, October 20, 9 a.m. Eastern. For details, go to NCAD's website.   


Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training 
November 6-9th, 2017

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)  is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention, grounded in current research and SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework. This training prepares practitioners to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. It is ideally for practitioners new to the substance abuse prevention field and/or working in related disciplines. 

This training is a four-day commitment and a certificate of completion is given upon completion to be presented for credentialing. 

When: November 6-9th, 2017; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each respective day

Where: Courtyard Milwaukee North/Brown Deer; 5200 West Brown Deer Road

Where to Register:  Click  here to register 

Community Conversations
October 21 through November 1

Citizen Action of Wisconsin is hosting a series of conversations for those who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration, mental health, and poverty. 

The talks will be held on:
  • Saturday, October 21, 1 to 3 p.m., at Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
  • Thursday, October 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the MLK Library, 310 W. Locust Street
  • Wednesday, November 1, 6 to 8 p.m., at Mill Road Library, 6431 N. 76th Street

Contact Davette Baker at 414-236-7229 with any questions.

Mental Health Awareness Day
Wednesday, October 25

MATC's downtown Milwaukee campus (700 W. State Street) is sponsoring a day devoted to mental health awareness, culminating in a performance of Pieces: In My Own Voice, written and produced by advocate Brenda Wesley. The thought-provoking play depicts the lives of people living with a mental health diagnosis so audience members can "experience the darkness of stigma and the light of recovery." Pieces will be held in the Cooley Auditorium; registration and networking is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., when the performance will begin.

Earlier that day, MATC will host mental health resource tables in the S-Building Atrium from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The mental health workshop "Recovering and Adverse Childhood Experiences" will be held at 12 noon in the Cooley Auditorium. Go to MATC's website for more details.

Positive Parenting Program in Ozaukee County

Starting Point in Mequon is sponsoring three Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) workshops in the autumn for parents with common child-raising challenges.

  • November 7: Managing fighting and aggression
  • November 9: Developing good bedtime routines
  • December 4: Hassle-free shopping with children
  • December 6: Dealing with disobedience
All workshops are offered in the morning (9:30 to 10:45 a.m.) and the evening (6:30 to 7:45 p.m.). Sign up by calling 262-241-1004 or emailing Parents of kids ages 2 through 12 with a specific parenting issue can schedule a session with a Triple P coach as well.

Jazzmyne Adams
Prevention Coordinaor
728 N. James Lovell Street, Milwaukee WI 53233  |  414-270-4658