Northwoods Coalition
News You Can Use
 Formed through a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System 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 Health System 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.
March 2018
In This Issue
A Message From MCHS Staff
  • Please join us in welcoming Heath Educators, Sarah Turner and Jodi Chojnacki
  • At the last Northwoods Coalition Board of Directors meeting held on February 16, 2018, Guiding Principles were revised and approved to reflect the name change of the Board of Directors to Advisory Board. 
  • The kNOw Meth Campaign materials and public service announcements are in the process of being developed in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Justice.  An informational brochure is scheduled to be released in April.
Hot Topics
Emergency room visits due to opioid overdoses are on the rise in the United States, and Wisconsin has seen the largest increase of all, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid overdoses went up 30% from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states. The Midwestern region witnessed opioid overdoses increase 70% from July 2016 through September 2017.
According to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions, roughly a third of recent high school graduates have ridden in a motor vehicle with a substance-impaired driver. The study found that during the first two years after high school graduation, 23 percent of young adults had ridden with a marijuana-impaired driver at least once, while 20 percent had ridden with an alcohol-impaired driver, and 6 percent had ridden with a driver impaired by glue, solvents or other illicit drugs. 

Adverse events early in a child's development increase the child's chances of experiencing physical, social and mental problems later in life. Oprah Winfrey speaks to Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist about Adverse Childhood Experiences and also visits two organizations in Milwaukee that treat their clients with Trauma-Informed Care shaped by Dr. Perry.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 443. This legislation recognizes the importance, effectiveness, and need for trauma-informed care and encourages its use within existing federal government programs and agencies. Wisconsin is on track to becoming the first trauma-informed state in the nation. Through  Fostering Futures, Wisconsin is raising awareness and training people to better recognize and respond to toxic stress.

Funding Opportunities
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program.  The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
- Anticipated award amount is up to $541,350 per year for up to five years
- Application due April 10, 2018
Employment Opportunities
The Community Benefits Coordinator is responsible for meeting hospital community benefit Internal Revenue Service requirements. This individual assesses community health needs, develops and implements community health programs, reports community benefit activities and builds effective strong relationships with community organizations and leaders as well as coordinates relationships between the community and internal employees.
 
There are five openings at each of the following Marshfield Clinic Health System Centers: Marshfield, Minocqua, Eau Claire and Rice Lake, Wausau/Stevens Point. 
  • For more information, visit www.marshfieldclinic.org, select Careers, select Non-Physician Opportunities and in the "Keyword(s)" field, enter "Community Benefits Coordinator".
Resources and more
This U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students guide was published in 2017 to offer parents information and tips to help raise drug-free children.
 
Fostering Futures started in 2011 as an initiative of Wisconsin's First Lady, Tonette Walker, to raise awareness about how childhood trauma can dramatically shape a person's life. This initiative has grown over time to become a dynamic collaboration amongst many different organizational partners who share a common vision to prevent and reduce childhood trauma while working to improve the health and wellbeing of Wisconsin's children and their families.

Northwoods Coalition Meetings  - 2018
 
APRIL
9 - Advisory Board Meeting | Teleconference

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

22 - Regional Methamphetamine Meeting | To Be Determined

JUNE
20 - Advisory Board Meeting | Stevens Point, WI
Northwoods Coalition Events/Trainings - 2018

MAY
May 2   8:30am - 4:30pm
Northwoods Coalition kNOw Meth Training
-Rhinelander, WI
-Target Audience: Judges, Law Enforcement, Probation and Parole and Prosecutors
     *Trainings repeated in 3 locations
 
May 17   8:30am - 4:30pm
Northwoods Coalition kNOw Meth Training
-Ashland, WI
-Target Audience: Judges, Law Enforcement, Probation and Parole and Prosecutors
     *Trainings repeated in 3 locations
  
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
 Scholarships available for members of NWC!  To apply for a scholarship, go to:
  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7YZN8Q9
- 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
     *Limited to the first 25 registered participants

June 21 & 22   9:00am - 5:00pm
Northwoods Coalition Annual Meeting and Training
Scholarships available for members of NWC!  To apply for a scholarship, go to:
- 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   8:30am - 4:30pm
Northwoods Coalition kNOw Meth Training
-Rice Lake, WI
-Target Audience: Judges, Law Enforcement, Probation and Parole and Prosecutors
     *Trainings repeated in 3 locations

For more information, visit our calendar.
Other Events/Trainings - 2018
Click on the hyperlinks below for more information and to register
 
-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

- Middleton, WI
- Target Audience: Health Educators and Health Promotion Professionals

April 11-12   
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

Scholarships available for members of NWC!  To apply for a scholarship, go to:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7W5R3GF
- 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

- 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 
- Wisconsin Dells, WI
 
April 13
Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse
-Time and location to be determined

April 19-21
- Keshena, WI 

- 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.
June
June 4-6
- Albuquerque, NM
- Target Audience: Community Members, Domestic Violence Prevention Workers and Advocates, Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative, Mental Health Professionals, Prevention Specialists, School-youth Workers, Social Workers, Substance Abuse Counselors and Tribal Leaders

July
July 15-19
- Orlando, FL
-Target Audience: Addiction Recovery Advocates, Addiction Treatment Professionals, Educators, Faith-based Leaders, Government Leaders, Law Enforcement, Prevention Specialists, Researchers and Youth

August
August 28-30
- Boston, MA
- Target Audience: Substance Abuse Prevention Professionals, Coalition Leaders, Researchers and Federal Partners
 
October
October 18-21
- Atlanta, GA
- Target Audience: Addiction Professionals, Counselors, Others interested in shame and trauma issues, Private Practice Therapists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Social Workers
  
November
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Target Audience: Clinicians, Counselors, Federal, State and Local Officials, Interventionists, Law Enforcement, Lawmakers, Prevention Professionals, Private Practice Therapists, Psychologists, Public Health Professionals and Social Workers