February 2020
Your monthly news & updates

Grantee Spotlight: Community Youth in Action

Heroin(e) Documentary Screening and Opioid Panel Discussion
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Substance Use Primary Prevention Grant Reminder

Update: Governor's Advisory Group

2020 Legislative Update

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Be the Parents launches "Clear the Air on Teen Vaping"...

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Grantee Spotlight: Community Youth in Action implement Strengthening Families Program
The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills training program for families that is recognized both nationally and internationally and is currently being rolled out in communities across Idaho. With funding support from both the SABG and PFS grant, parents and youth attend weekly SFP skills classes together, learning parenting skills and youth life and refusal skills. Here is one example of how the program is being received in the Idaho Falls area from Becky Leatham, Executive Director of Community Youth in Action (CYA):
Community Youth in Action has kicked off its first Strengthening Families Program. With support from the Office of Drug Policy, 19 families started their 14-week adventure together on January 15, 2020. We already see miracles.

Family R – "It's just always been my mom and me. We have never discussed my twin that died at birth because we were afraid the topic would be too painful. Tonight, we had the conversation, it was meaningful, we named my sister, we grieved together, but mostly we realized that no conversation is too hard if we have it together."

Family B – "My daughter was having her own emotional fall apart tonight; usually, it would have also become mine, and we would not be here. I understand now that in those moments, I can still be here and gain skills even if she's not able to join me."

Family M –"I realized tonight that my dad's hearing disability had given us a gift, my siblings and I all make eye contact when we speak to others and are careful to enunciate and listen with care. I didn't realize until now that this was a gift instead of a burden."

CYA is excited to see what the 14 weeks together create. The families are teaming up together to help with meals, planning some activities together, and sharing ideas. It has indeed been inspirational to watch the growth in the first four weeks.

Heroin(e) Documentary Screening and Opioid Panel Discussion
What: Screening of the award-winning Netflix documentary "Heroin(e)" followed by a panel discussion featuring a medical provider, a person with lived experience, a law enforcement officer, and a behavioral health professional.

Attendees will also receive training on the administration of naloxone nasal spray to reverse opioid overdose.

Audience: Open to All with a focus on University Students

Where: Boise State University Student Union Building

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 6:00-8:00 PM

Cost: FREE

This training is hosted by ODP, the RADAR center at Boise State University, and Empower Idaho. For additional information or questions contact aguida@jannus.org
Substance Use Primary Prevention Grant Reminder
FY2021 Application Open Until March 13, 2020
Funding Opportunity Title: Substance Abuse Block Grant Primary Prevention Program

Description: This application is to be used by prevention providers seeking funding to provide substance abuse services directly to youth, families and other at-risk individuals of Idaho, and/or community coalitions seeking funding to employ environmental strategies designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse at the community level.

Due Date for Applications: 5:00 PM (MST), March 13, 2020

Anticipated Total Available Funding: $1,600,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards: 50

Average Award Amount:  $35,000.00

Grant Recipients Notified: June 1, 2020

Grant Award Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Application Submission: Applications must be completed and submitted online at https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/fy2021

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants include any governmental entity  (including tribal entities), such as counties, cities, schools and school districts, local law enforcement agencies, other public entities and non-profit private entities such as community-based organizations. Federal regulations (Section 90.135, HHS) prohibit the awarding of Block Grant funds to any entity other than a public or non-profit entity.

 Submit Questions to:
Marianne King, Grant Project Director
(208) 854-3043 

This funding may not be used for substance abuse treatment. Prevention service(s) provided prior to the signing of a grant award document will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Applicants assume all costs associated with the preparation of the grant application.

Grant awards are contingent upon funds appropriated by federal funding agencies and the Idaho Legislature.

Update: Governor's Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group
Governor Brad Little's Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Advisory Group, established by  executive order , is tasked with researching, evaluating, and providing recommendations on  twelve specific charges  related to opioid and substance misuse in Idaho. 

The 22-member group issued it's initial recommendations to the Governor at the end of December. Recommendations were made relating to the following charges:

  • Advancing the goals and strategies from the Idaho Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan.
  • Best practices in other states used to combat opioid misuse and substance use disorder.
  • Prescribing practices including usage of the prescription monitoring program, prescription limitations, and required continuing medical education.

You can read the list of initial recommendations here .

The Advisory Group held is fourth meeting Wednesday, February 12th in Boise. The public meeting ran from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the State Department of Education to accommodate multiple group members involved with the legislative session. Members received a presentation on Idaho drug courts and panel discussion with three drug court judges: advisory group member Judge Michael Tribe, Cassia County Drug Court; Judge Deborah Bail, Ada County Drug Court; and Judge Tyler Smith, Gem County Drug Court.

The rest of the time advisory group members got to work finalizing any remaining recommendations from the initial charges and organizing to move forward with work on the remaining charges.

Additional recommendations related to evidence-based prevention education curriculum in Idaho public schools and the Governor's support for expanding Opioid Treatment Programs into interested communities beyond the Treasure Valley were voted on and approved. The recommendations will soon be presented to Governor Little and published.

Additionally group members categorized remaining charges and created subcommittees to formulate recommendations over the next few months.

Agendas, meeting materials, and other information about the advisory group is available on the web site for the Governor’s Office of Drug Policy at this link:

ODP plans to hold the April 8th meeting in Northern Idaho and the June 10th meeting in Eastern Idaho.
2020 Legislative Update
ODP is closely tracking policy relevant to controlled substances, vaping, and substance misuse prevention and treatment and has created a simple legislative bill tracker to provide daily status updates during the legislative session. The tracker contains links to the bill text, a brief description of the bill, sponsors, status, and upcoming agenda items if published in advance. The tracker is updated daily. It can be accessed through the  ODP home page  under Policy or  click here  for a direct link to the tracker. 

Two bills related to hemp ( S1241 and S1253 ) were introduced in January but have not been discussed in committee since printing. The same goes for S1222 introduced by Senator Grant Burgoyne to decriminalize possession of controlled substances in private and adds an intent to deliver requirement to the trafficking statute. A third hemp bill was introduced by Senator Abby Lee yesterday, February 17th and the Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to print. It will be added to the bill tracker by tomorrow afternoon.

We are closely following two bills related to tobacco and vaping. S1308 would bring Idaho into compliance with the Federal law that raises the age to posses tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21. H498 redefines electronic cigarettes under the term "electronic smoking devices" and includes them in the definition of tobacco to create parity between regulation of traditional tobacco products and new and emerging electronic smoking devices.

Administrator Smyser spoke to the House Health and Welfare committee about the impacts of Fentanyl in Idaho on February 11th. She was invited by Rep. Troy who introduced Joint Memorial 12 which requests that the President of the United States and Congress establish sanctions against opioid traffickers and financial institutions that assist them . She also presents to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee about ODP's role in prevention at 3:00pm today, February 18th.

ODP encourages you to reach out to committees and stay involved during the legislative session. 
February Photo of the Month
Coalitions in Action—Idaho students preparing to meet with
Idaho's Congressional Delegations.

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impact of substance use on youths, families, and communities