Northwoods Coalition
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 Formed through a partnership between Marshfield Clinic and several community coalitions in 1995, Northwoods Coalition is the largest and oldest coalition dedicated to substance abuse prevention in Wisconsin. Representatives from coalitions in a 35-county region, including all 11 of Wisconsin Tribal Nations, serve on a non-governing advisory board to help shape policies, practices and programs which address public health issues arising from use of alcohol and other drugs. Since 2007, through a contract with Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Marshfield Clinic has served as the Northwestern Regional Prevention Center for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth. The purpose of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth is to enhance and support the capacity of coalitions in substance abuse prevention and youth development.
February 2018
In This Issue
Hot Topics
The Food and Drug Administration intensified its warnings about kratom, saying new research provides strong evidence that the unregulated botanical substance has "opioid properties" and is associated with 44 deaths.

Researchers found that among young males, non-medical use of prescription drugs was connected to dating violence. Among females, the non-medical use of prescription drugs was connected more often with the physical form of dating violence.
 
Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It's Everywhere.
The rise of crystal meth has been all but forgotten amid national concern over the opioid crisis. 12 years after Congress took aggressive action to curtail it, meth has returned with a vengeance.

Neuroscientists now have a better idea of what is going on inside the brain when we revisit terrifying experiences. This new research could inspire better treatments for those with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The JUUL looks like a USB flash drive and gives teens a discreet way to vape. The JUUL uses pods that come in kid-friendly flavors like mango and crème brûlée that contain the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
Funding Opportunities
The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention are accepting applications for fiscal year 2018 DFC Support Program grants.
- Anticipated award amount is up to $125,000 per year for up to five years
- Application due March 29, 2018

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year 2018 Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships for Early Diversion grants. The purpose of this program is to establish or expand programs that divert adults with a serious mental illness or a co-occurring disorder from the criminal justice system to community-based services prior to arrest and booking.  Special consideration will be given to applicants proposing to use grant funding to support early diversion services for veterans.
- Anticipated award amount is up to $330,000 per year for up to five years
- Application due March 5, 2018.

The purpose of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority AIDS Initiative: Service Integration program is to integrate evidence-based, culturally competent mental and substance use disorder treatment with HIV primary care and prevention services. The population of focus is individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring disorder (COD) living with or at risk for HIV and/or hepatitis in at-risk populations, including racial and ethnic minority communities.  The goal is to reduce the incidence of HIV and improve the overall health outcomes for individuals with SMI or COD.
- Anticipated award amount is up to $485,000 per year for up to four years
- Application due March 5, 2018
Resources and more
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. is recruiting a Program Director. The Program Director plans and coordinates all Strategic Prevention Framework activities for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's State Prevention Enhancement Planning Grant.  The Program Directory will oversee the development of a model inter-tribal strategic plan to address and enhance substance abuse and mental health prevention services.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. is recruiting a Disability Benefits Specialist. The Disability Benefits Specialist will provide information, assistance and advocacy to Wisconsin tribal members, who have physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental illness and/or substance use disorders to help them access public and private benefits and make informed choices about employment goals and work incentives.
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration fact sheet serves as a guide for individuals seeking behavioral health treatment. It provides three necessary steps to complete prior to utilizing a treatment center and the five signs of a quality treatment center, which include a review of the accreditation, medication, evidence-based practices, position on the role of families, and support networks.

This Tobacco Free Kids fact sheet provides information on a new electronic nicotine delivery system product, known as JUUL, that has become popular with teens.
  
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63, Medications for Opioid Use Disorder.  TIP 63 reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration-approved medications to treat opioid use disorders: methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine. This TIP provides guidance for healthcare professionals and addiction treatment providers on appropriate prescribing practices for these medications and effective strategies for supporting the patients utilizing medication for the treatment of an opioid use disorder.
Northwoods Coalition Meetings  - 2018
 
APRIL
9 - Northwoods Coalition Advisory Board Meeting | Marshfield, WI

MAY
3 - North Region Meeting | Lac du Flambeau, WI

10 - Northwest Region Meeting | Rice Lake, WI

11 - West Region Meeting | Eau Claire, WI

14 - Central Region Meeting | Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Northwoods Coalition Events/Trainings - 2018

MARCH
March 14 & 15   9:00 - 5:00pm (day 1) 8:00am - 4:00pm (day 2)
Youth Thrive
- Marshfield, WI
- Target Audience: Youth Serving Organizations and Individuals Interested in Working With Youth

JUNE
June 13 & 14   8:30am - 3:30pm daily
Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP)
More information coming soon!
-Medford, WI
-Target Audience: Administrators, Case Workers, Educators, Emergency Medical Service Personnel, Guidance Counselors, Liaison Officers and School Nurses
 
June 20   9:00am - 5:00pm
Ethics
More information coming soon!
- Stevens Point, WI
- Target Audience: Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals, Clinicians, Community and Tribal Leaders, First Responders/EMTs, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Prevention Professionals, Social Workers and Treatment Professionals

June 21 & 22   9:00am - 5:00pm
Northwoods Coalition Annual Meeting and Training
More information coming soon!
- Stevens Point, WI
- Target Audience: Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals, Clinicians, Community and Tribal Leaders, First Responders/EMTs, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Prevention Professionals, Social Workers and Treatment Professionals

For more information, visit our calendar.
Other Events/Trainings - 2018
Click on the hyperlinks below for more information and to register
 
- Chicago, IL
- Target Audience: Addiction Professionals, First Responders/EMTs, Law Enforcement, Prevention Professionals, Private Practice Therapists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Public Health Professionals, Social Workers and Other Stakeholders Committed to Addressing the Opioid Crisis

March 8-9 8:30am - 4:00pm daily
- Wauwatosa, WI
- Target Audience:  AODA Counselors,  County and Tribal Human/Social Services,  Law Enforcement,  Mental Health Providers, Nurses, Physicians and Public Health Professionals 

-Atlanta, GA
- Target Audience: Advocates, Addiction Professionals, Clinicians, Dentists, Federal, State and Local Officials and Lawmakers, Law Enforcement, Lawyers, People in recovery, Prevention Professionals, Public Health, Researchers, Social Workers and Treatment Professionals

April 10  8:00am - 4:00pm
2018 BRAIN Conference: Resilience Champions: Responding to the Complexity of Families
More information coming soon!
- Eau Claire, WI

April 10   9:00am - 3:15 pm
Wisconsin Health Education Network
- Middleton, WI
- Target Audience: Health Educators and Health Promotion Professionals

April 11-12   8:30am - 5:30pm (day 1) 8:30am - 4:00pm (day 2)
Together for Children Conference
- Elkhart Lake, WI
- Target Audience: Child Abuse Prevention Personnel, Child Advocacy Center Personnel, Child Protective Services, Domestic Violence Center Personnel, Judicial Officers and Attorneys, Law Enforcement Officials, Medical and Health Professionals, School Personnel, Social workers, Therapists and Psychologists

April 11-12
Opioid Forum
More information coming soon - Scholarships will be available!
- Milwaukee, WI
- Target Audience: Anyone interested in joining the effort to solve Wisconsin's opioid crisis, including  AODA Counselors,  County and Tribal Human/Social Services,  Law Enforcement,  Mental Health Providers, Nurses, Physicians and Public Health Professionals

April 11-13   1:00  -6:00pm (day 1) 7:30am - 5:30pm (day 2) 7:30am - 1:00pm (day 3)
18th Alcohol Policy Conference 
- Washington, DC
- Target Audience: Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals, Clinicians, Community and Tribal Leaders, First Responders/EMTs, Human Services, Law Enforcement, Prevention Professionals, Social Workers and Treatment Professionals

April 13
2018 Annual Conference: Promoting Resilience and HOPE to Prevent Suicide 
More information coming soon!
- Wisconsin Dells, WI
 
April 13
Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse
-Time and location to be determined

April 20-21   4:00 - 10:00pm (day 1) 9:00am - 6:00pm (day 2)
Effective Strategies for Working with Youth
- La Crosse, WI
- Target Audience: Non-profit and Youth Serving Organizations

April 28, 2018
7th WI Department of Justice/15th National Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
Participating law enforcement agencies can host one or more collection sites at locations and times of their choosing.  Law Enforcement agencies offering a permanent drug drop box can also turn over collected drugs to DOJ for proper disposal. Boxes for disposal will be provided by the DEA. Law enforcement can register here:   Register.
* If you have recently installed a permanent drop box, be sure the box is registered with the WI Department of Justice including hours of operation and location. For questions, contact Danielle Basil Long at longdb@doj.state.wi.us or (414) 403-4437.