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June 2019
Community Spotlight: DFI and South Junior High
Idaho Opioid Strategic Plan Annual Update Meeting
ODP FY20 Grantee Announcement
Second Annual Prevention Training Institute
Governor Little Signs Opioid Executive Order
Featured Provider: Phoenix House
Community Spotlight: DFI and South Junior High 
A creative twist on positive school climate and prevention education
This spring, DrugFree Idaho (DFI) partnered with local businesses to design and install a unique positive messaging campaign in the South Junior High bathrooms! The outer stall doors are adorned with uplifting and inspirational quotes like, "Forget the mistake; remember the lesson," and "Bloom from wherever you are planted." DFI met with South's Student Council to discuss the opportunity, after which the youth were able to brainstorm and vote on which quotes to use. Pictured below is one of the finished bathrooms.

  DFI is excited about the educational component that will be paired with this project. Inside the stall doors, A series of "Toilet Talks" will provide information on substance use. Topics will debunk common myths surrounding marijuana, vaping, and more. An interactive element, DFI will utilize a mass text messaging service where students can text a number for that Toilet Talk issue's trivia question. The question will be relevant to that issue's topic. Some will require the students to conduct further research with the source cited on that issue. This may involve watching a video or reading a short article. DFI aims to guide youth in identifying credible sources from which to gather information on controversial and health topics. To maintain recurring engagement, small trivia prizes will be awarded monthly and a larger prize will be awarded at the end of the year.  
According to Megan Wilson, DFI Project Coordinator, "DFI also looks forward to building its youth coalition by assisting them in leading the implementation of the Toilet Talk campaign."  

Idaho Opioid Strategic Plan Annual Update Meeting
Recap and Photos

The Office of Drug Policy held its annual Opioid Overdose and Misuse Strategic Plan update meeting on May 29, 2018 in Boise. The 2017-2022 Strategic Plan is coordinated by ODP and funded by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The strategic plan's vision is, " A safe and healthy Idaho, free from opioid misuse and untreated opioid use disorders."  

Attendees listen to Goal Team updates

Having just completed year 2 of the plan, 69 stakeholders from across the state came together to review progress on the plan's goals and strategies and make any necessary changes to strategies and action plans for year three of implementation.

To begin the meeting, attendees received presentations on opioid crisis considerations to further inform its work. Presentations included:
  1. "Opioid-Related Activity in Idaho -- An Analysis of the State's Vital Statistic and EMS Data." by Bozena Morawski, PhD, MPH and CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to IDHW.
  2. "Medicaid Expansion - Impact on Opioid Treatment" by Lori Wolff, MPA and Deputy Director of IDHW.
  3. "Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) for Opioids" by Lachelle Smith, MPP and Manager for Project ECHO Idaho, a virtual knowledge-sharing network and education program that connects expert teams with community medical providers. 
The group then conducted a Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses, and Threats (SWOT) brainstorming session listing environmental factors that could impact the plan. Keeping this new information in mind, attendees broke out into groups for each of the plan's six goals and reviewed strategies and action plans to determine changes that need to be made for the coming year.

A goal team presents intended edits to strategies

Goal teams briefed their intended edits to the entire group and elicited feedback to conclude the meeting. ODP will update the strategic plan with those edits and make it available to the public in the coming months. Meanwhile, goal teams will continue to work toward their revised strategies and action plans. 

If you would like to learn more about the Strategic Plan and the Opioid Overdose and Misuse Workgroup Click Here

ODP FY20 Grantee Announcement
PFS Law Enforcement and SABG Primary Prevention
The Office of Drug Policy is pleased to announce the recipients of the Law Enforcement Partnership for Success Grant. The purpose of this grant is to prevent underage drinking, marijuana use, and methamphetamine use in Idaho through effective law enforcement techniques including interdiction activities, party patrols, shoulder tap operations, compliance checks, and community presentations. 

FY2020 PFS Law Enforcement Grantees:
Boundary County Sheriff's Office
Kootenai County Sheriff's Office
Spirit Lake Police Department 
The Life Center 
(on behalf of the Cottonwood Police Department, Grangeville Police Department, and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office)
Moscow Police Department
Owyhee County Sheriff's Department
Meridian Police Department 
Blaine County Sheriff's Office
Jerome County Sheriff's Office
Kimberly-Hansen Police Department
Bannock County Sheriff's Office
Bingham County Sheriff's Office
Oneida County Sheriff's Office
Bonneville County Sheriff's Office
Madison County Sheriff's Office
Rexburg Police Department 
Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control

ODP is also pleased to announce the recipients of the FY2020 Substance Abuse Block Grant Primary Prevention grants.  There are 47 recipients across Idaho. To view a list of recipients, their program type, and prevention strategies, Click Here.

Congratulations to all of the grantees who will champion prevention efforts in Idaho over the next year!

Save the Date: Second Annual Prevention Training Institute

Free, two-day course held at Boise State University

ODP invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Prevention Training Institute educating prevention professionals. Equip yourself with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to address underage substance use and implement prevention programming. Certified Prevention Specialist credits and NBCC Continuing Education Hours are available.

Prevention Providers, Certified Prevention Specialists, Counselors, Educators
HOSTED BY: Boise State University Institute for the Study of Behavioral Health and Addiction & RADAR Center
Thursday and  Friday, August 15 and 16th, 2019 

*You may register to attend one or both days*

TIME: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Boise State University (Room location TBD)
COST: Free
REGISTRATION: Registration information will be published in the ODP July newsletter - registration will open July 16th.

1. Trends in Youth Alcohol Use and Prevention Strategies (9am - 10:30am) - Maps to CPS Domain: Planning and Evaluation

2. Trends in Youth Vaping and Prevention Strategies (10:30am - 12:00pm) - Maps to CPS Domain: Planning and Evaluation

3. How to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use (1pm - 4pm) - Maps to CPS Domain: Communication
1. Suicide Prevention and Ethical Considerations with Youth (9 am - 12 pm) - Maps to CPS Domain: Planning and Evaluation

2. Ethics in Prevention (1 pm - 4 pm) - Maps to CPS Domain: Ethics
Governor Little Signs Opioid Executive Order
Original Article Released June 13, 2019
Boise, Idaho - Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today aimed at combatting opioid and substance abuse in Idaho.
Opioids, including prescription pain relievers and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and heroin, lead drug-induced deaths in Idaho. Opioid prescriptions are dispensed in Idaho at a higher rate than 34 other states, and Idaho ranks 25th in the country for prescription pain reliever misuse.
"The opioid crisis is taking lives and destroying families in Idaho," Governor Little said. "My executive order takes a broad, holistic approach to examining the crisis so we can develop solutions that save lives and create a brighter future for our state."
Melinda Smyser, administrator of the Governor's Office of Drug Policy, will chair an advisory group established by the executive order. The group will research, evaluate, and provide the Governor recommendations on:
  • Policies directing law enforcement and prosecutors to refer first-time, non-violent drug offenders to local crisis centers rather than arrest and indictment
  • Prescription limitations and practices including use of the prescription monitoring program
  • Educating the medical community about opioid regimens, risks, and alternatives
  • Treatment options for opioid and substance abuse
  • Coordinating and integrating efforts with patients' current behavioral health plans
  • Mandates for reporting overdose deaths
  • Public awareness campaigns about opioid risks
  • Best practices in other states used to combat opioid abuse and substance use disorder
  • Actions to be taken at the federal level to assist in these efforts
The advisory group will include representatives of the Department of Health and Welfare; Board of Medicine; Board of Dentistry; Board of Pharmacy; Department of Correction; Idaho State Police; State Department of Education; Division of Veterans Services; Idaho Indian Tribes; and the medical, hospital, pharmacy, treatment, and insurance communities. The group also will include a member of the Idaho House of Representatives; a member of the Idaho Senate; a member of the judiciary; a county sheriff; a county prosecutor; and a city police chief.
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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison, Press Secretary

ODP Staff with Governor Little. Missing: Marianne King and Gayle Hines.

Featured Provider: The Phoenix House
Recovery Home
Organization Name Phoenix House
Locations 5024 N. Mitchell St.
Boise, ID 83704

8723 W. Westbrook Ave
Boise, ID 83704

11605 W. Florida Dr.
Boise, ID 83709

Types of Services Provided
  • Continued services to individuals who are currently abstinent from drugs or alcohol to help them stay sober
  • Housing Assistance
Service Population General population, 18 and older. 
Payment or Financial Aid Accepted Financial Assistance

Straight fee for services
  • $70 move in fee
  • $475/month
Hours of Operation  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 24 hours
Intake procedures Telephone, walk-in, or by appointment
Waiting List for Services? No

In an effort to raise awareness about and collect available resources, ODP will be publishing a Featured Provider series over the next few months, highlighting local service providers who work to prevent and treat substance use disorder (SUD), who help clients maintain recovery, and who help support families of individuals with SUD. 

If your organization provides behavioral health services to help individuals and families prevent, treat, and recover from use disorders, you can fill out the form linked below to have your organization's information listed as a public resource online and via phone referral. 

The Idaho Office of Drug Policy leads Idaho's substance abuse policy and prevention efforts by developing and implementing strategic action plans and collaborative partnerships to reduce drug use and related crime, thereby improving the health and safety of all Idahoans.

We envision an Idaho free from the devastating social, health, and economic consequences of substance abuse.