The Community Prevention Initiative (CPI) Connection highlights upcoming CPI events, new resources, and learning opportunities for the California substance use disorder (SUD) prevention (Pv) field. You can download a printable PDF version by clicking the button below:


What's New from CPI 
Project Announcements 

Tha nk You for Joining Us at the CPI 2019 Regional Trainings

This summer's CPI Regional Trainings focused on  Underag e Cannabis Use Prevention. This topic was  highly requested by the field, and more than 325 participants representing 32 counties attended this year's trainings! The Regional Trainings are a highly anticipated event offered each year to the California Pv workforce at no cost to participants. The CPI 2019 Regional Trainings provided a combination of presentations and group discussions about current cannabis trends, regional challenges related to cannabis, and potential Pv strategies to address such challenges. CPI facilitated regional trainings in Alameda, Kern, Placer, Sacramento, San Diego, and Shasta counties in September and October. Training materials for all sessions will be made available on the CPI website. 

Questions? Contact Erika Green at . We look forward to engaging the field at more successful Regional Trainings next year!

New on the CPI Website: Cultural Competence Resources

CPI is committed to offer trainings, tech nical assistance  (TTA), and resources that build the capacity of the Pv workforce to effectively serve racially, ethnically, culturally, geographically, and linguistically diverse Californians.

This new webpage compiles cultural and linguistic competence resources CPI developed to support California's Pv field. Resources include:
  • Webinar series on the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards
  • Training materials from past CPI Regional Trainings on "Examining Cultural Competence in SUD Pv"
  • Publications related to cultural competence topics
  • And more!
Contact us to request customized TTA on supporting the communities in your region

New Cannabis Brochures for Parent Outreach

The CPI Team is excited to share a suite of brochures to help you engage with parents around youth cannabis use. Previously, CPI developed the original "Cannabis Brochure - Parent Update" (Word .docx file) that counties could customize with their own data and disseminate to families. ( View the original brochure.) Three new tools give you  even more ways to use the brochure:

County Spotlights
Does your county have an SUD Pv success story, event, or practice to share? Email Erika Green ( so that CPI can feature your county in a feature issue of the CPI Connection!

Youth Group Honors Ukiah Stores with Responsible Merchant Award
Image: The Ukiah Daily Journal

In August, 19 Ukiah stores received the Responsible Alcohol/tobacco Merchant Award (RAMA) through the Mendocino County Health and Human Services, Public Health, Tobacco Control Program (TCP). Go Away Smokers Please (GASP), a Friday Night Live chapter, honored the stores with the award.
Initially, GASP youth advocates surveyed the alcohol and tobacco retail outlets in Ukiah and found that many were out of compliance. GASP youth followed up to provide the stores with makeover suggestions such as removing advertisements, relocating products, and moving signage. The 19 RAMA awardees cooperated with the store makeover recommendations to prevent alcohol and tobacco use among Ukiah's youth.

The awardees and youth advocates were pleased to be specially recognized for their efforts at the RAMA award ceremony. Read more about their work at The Ukiah Daily Journal.

Submitted by Katherine Fengler of Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency

Addressing Public Marijuana Smoking in Los Angeles County

In response to the passage of Prop. 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use for persons over the age of 21, Los Angeles County (LAC) implemented the countywide Marijuana Public Smoking Initiative (MPSI). MPSI was intended to assess the prevalence and issues of marijuana smoking in shared spaces and engage the community in data-driven prevention strategies for public marijuana smoking. The MPSI was a collaborative effort by the LAC Department of Public Health and community SUD Pv service providers.  
Results from interviews with 13,000 LAC community members included:
  • Over three-quarters (76%) of participants noticed marijuana smoke at the location they were surveyed or in their community
  • 40% of participants noticed marijuana smoke very frequently
  • 66% of participants were bothered by marijuana smoke exposure in public places due to the strong smell, concerns for family members, secondhand smoke, or health concerns
Community prevention service providers have begun transforming the MPSI data into action by targeting locations where public smoking is highly prevalent. For example, Day One of Pasadena, is working to reclaim the city's parks by hosting alcohol- and other drug-free activities at the parks, such as yoga classes and soccer games, to encourage families and residents to feel safe in their neighborhood parks. Day One also held a community meeting to present MPSI data and gather community input. Recommendations included launching smoke-free park hours, developing park signage, and increasing enforcement. Efforts are underway to implement these recommendations.
The South East Community Alliance (SECA), a coalition comprised of five prevention provider agencies, has also begun to advocate for the reduction of secondhand smoke exposure on community college campuses throughout LAC. SECA hosted town halls to present MPSI survey results and provided forums for students and campus personnel to discuss their concerns. Advocacy work for a smoke-free campus included partnering with campus administrators and student organizations and increasing the number of larger, more visible no-smoking signs on campus. Similarly, San Fernando Valley Partnership has partnered with apartment managers to identify local conditions and root causes surrounding marijuana smoke in apartments, train apartment staff, and post signs.
As the MPSI enters its second year, we will continue to inform community organizations and community members of this issue as well as monitor the impact of prevention provider efforts to combat secondhand marijuana smoke exposure. For more information on how partners transformed MPSI data into action, watch Clearing the Air: Where You Can and Can't Smoke Pot in LA .

Submitted by Tina Kim, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Prevention News 
Visit the CPI website for Prevention News and CPI announcements on an ongoing basis! 
News: Prop 64 Substance Use Disorder Prevention Funding Announced
The Center at Sierra Health Foundation has announced new funding through the Youth Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program. The Center is seeking applications from community-based organizations and Tribal organizations that strive for health equity and that will work on specific culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention, outreach and education projects focused on youth ages 12 to 26.
Read more about and download the Request for Applications . Submissions are due by February 6 at 1 p.m. PT.

News: Surgeon General Releases Advisory on the Impact of Cannabis Use on the Developing Brain
This summer, the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, issued an advisory emphasizing the importance of avoiding cannabis use during pregnancy and adolescence. "Marijuana is a dangerous drug, especially for young people and pregnant women," said United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. "This historic Surgeon General's advisory is focused on the risks marijuana poses for these populations, which have been well-established by scientific evidence." The advisory includes discussion of the health and developmental risks of cannabis use, particularly for youth and pregnant women. It also provides links to information for parents; youth; health professionals; and states, tribes, and communities.

Register: CADCA's 30 th Annual National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA's 16 th Prevention Day
February 3-6, 2020 | National Harbor, MD
CADCA's National Leadership Forum is a premier training event for community-based substance use and misuse prevention leaders. Training sessions this year will focus on  prevention efforts of the past, the  progress coalitions are making right now, and the  possibilities of what coalitions can achieve together. In addition, SAMHSA will convene its 16 th Annual Prevention Day in conjunction with CADCA's National Leadership Forum. This one-day event will feature dynamic speakers and informative training sessions for prevention practitioners, community leaders, researchers, and consumers in the behavioral health field to learn SAMHSA's prevention priorities for the coming year.
Register: Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit
April 13-16, 2020 | Nashville, TN
The Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is where solutions are formulated, stakeholders from Federal to family convene, and change begins. It is the annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what's working in prevention and treatment. Prevention topics include the study of drug trends and responses; alternative pain management strategies; crafting communication and social media campaigns; and the implementation of effective youth prevention programs, including peer-to-peer models. The agenda will go live on the conference website in November 2019.
Save the Date: Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 2020 Annual Meeting
May 26-29, 2020 | Washington, DC
The Society for Prevention Research envisions a wellness-oriented society in which evidence-based programs and policies are continuously applied to improve the health and well-being of its citizens. The SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance this vision by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields. The SPR Annual Meeting brings together scientists, public policy leaders, and practitioners to address the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health. This year's theme is
Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science.

Trainings and Technical Assistance (TTA) 
Deepen Your Knowledge and Skills with CPI 
Visit the CPI TA and Training Services page for information about no-cost CPI learning opportunities! You can:
  • View the Events Schedule to register for upcoming webinars and trainings across California.
  • Submit the TA/Training Request Form to receive support on a specific SUD Pv topic. Subject-matter experts provide TA at no cost to County Alcohol and Other Drug offices and many other organizations.
  • Request a Training Certificate for CPI trainings and continuing education units (CEUs) you completed in the past.
  • Watch Archived Webinars on an array of prevention topics.
Upcoming Onsite Trainings 
Visit the CPI TTA Services page for information about no-cost CPI learning opportunities! You can:
  • View the Events Schedule to register for upcoming webinars and trainings across California.
  • Submit the TTA Request Form to receive support on a specific SUD Pv topic. Subject-matter experts provide TA at no cost to County Alcohol and Other Drug offices and many other organizations.
  • Request a Training Certificate for CPI trainings and continuing education units (CEUs) you completed in the past.
  • Watch Archived Webinars on an array of Pv topics.
CEUs are offered for a nominal fee through the following organizations: California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Visit the Information for Prevention Certification page to learn more.

Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Butte County
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Brief Intervention (BI) is a short-term educational counseling intervention that consists of two to four sessions aimed at adolescents who use alcohol and/or other drugs. This approach uses motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy and the stages of change model to meet the needs of adolescents. This training is appropriate for school counselors and staff working in drug prevention, treatment, mental health, probation, juvenile justice, or other youth-serving professionals.

Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kings County
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
See description above. Flyer and registration coming soon.

Brief Intervention for Substance Using Adolescents
Wednesday, February 21, 2020
Monterey County
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
See description above.

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