Issue 11-14| July 11, 2022
Spotlight On: 988 Lifeline Transition Resources
The U.S. is getting close to the July 16 transition to 988—the easy-to-remember number to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This transition is an important step to strengthening and transforming the crisis care continuum in the U.S.

To help partners communicate about 988, SAMHSA has added downloadable print files for wallet cards, magnets, and posters to its 988 Partner Toolkit. The toolkit already includes logo and brand guidelines, key messages, frequently asked questions, fact sheets (English and Spanish), radio PSA scripts (English and Spanish), and more. SAMHSA is also working to make the print materials available for ordering from the SAMHSA store and will be adding social media shareables by mid-July about the basics of 988.
MCSAP Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Event
Wednesday, August 31
MCSAP will be hosting their annual Overdose Awareness Day Memorial Event in partnership with local organizations to commemorate those who have passed from drug overdoses, and to provide support to family, friends, and communities who are deeply affected by those losses every day. All are welcome to this event, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. There will be a memorial board to honor those we have lost to overdose, a resource fair, open mic, poster making, and free food.

Want to volunteer or participate in the resource fair? Contact Gloria Marfo at or Ryan Clevenger at
MHA’s BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month Toolkit
Mental Health America has launched its 2022 BIPOC Mental Health Month toolkit; go to to download the toolkit. You can also find actionable ways to support BIPOC communities and honor the legacy of Bebe Moore Campbell, the pioneer whose advocacy and visionary work first led to July’s formal dedication to the needs of BIPOC communities in mental health beginning in 2008. This year’s theme for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), Mental Health Month is #BeyondTheNumbers.
Participants Sought for Youth Suicide Study
Suicide awareness and prevention is essential within the community, especially as we connect with our youth. The Medical College of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention are seeking to hear from youth and families regarding suicide and its impacts. Please use the QR code provided in the graphic or register through this link.
Volunteer Advocates for Youth Needed
CRAY (Collaborative Rapid Advocacy for Youth), a Pathfinders-led collaborative of advocates in Milwaukee, is looking for volunteers to expand their after-hours advocacy response to provide specialized support to commercially sexually exploited youth. CRAY is holding their 7-session on-boarding training series in August. Go to to learn more and sign up.
Zero Youth Corrections Youth Community Opportunity Grant
The Zero Youth Corrections Action Committee is made up of representatives from Milwaukee County’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Children, Youth & Family Services (CYFS), the Milwaukee Turners, and representatives from the Public Welfare Foundation (PWF).

The Zero Youth Corrections - Youth Opportunity Community Grant provides funding for a group or groups working to prevent young people from becoming impacted or recidivated into the criminal legal system. This may look like prevention, reduction, intervention, and/or community support. This is a new attempt to fund people who may not have received funding for their meaningful work in the past. This is an opportunity to “get the resources to the people doing the work.”

There will be a video presentation on this RFP and opportunity for Q&A on July 14 on Zoom. The deadline to apply is August 5, 2022. Click here for details.
ED2Recovery+ RFP Announcement
Wisconsin Voices for Recovery (WIVFR), at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH), will continue to oversee the ED2 Recovery+ program through regrant awards to organizations who will offer peer support services by recovery coaches or certified peer support specialists. These services are currently occurring in several hospital sites statewide offering referrals, support, and follow up for treatment and recovery to individuals that have experienced an opioid or stimulant overdose. Recovery coaches and certified peer support specialists may also offer services outside of emergency department settings including destinations where an individual may have experienced and opioid or stimulant overdose including and not limited to EMT services, first responders, public health departments, probation and parole offices, law enforcement, and treatment and/or recovery centers. This statewide peer support network will function as a portion of the State Opioid Response. The ultimate goal of the program is to unite treatment systems to promote peer support services that will:

(1) Decrease the number of overdose fatalities in Wisconsin 
(2) Increase treatment and recovery support service utilization of the target population
(3) Reduce Emergency Department admissions due to overdoses
(4) Provide peer support services in community settings
(5) Be a sustainable and collaborative peer support network

Proposals are due August 12, 2022. Please email for the application materials (all due dates, RFP, and budget template).
Request for Applications - Community Driven Approaches to Prevent Opioid Harms in Disproportionally Affected Populations
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services is requesting applications for federally recognized tribal nations with members in Wisconsin and Wisconsin-based nonprofit organizations to develop a plan for a culturally responsive primary prevention strategy related to opioids for a disproportionally affected population, which is a community that faces barriers in accessing and using primary prevention strategies related to opioids. Four one-year grants of up to $175,000 will be awarded from this request for applications. The deadline to apply for funding is 11:59 p.m. August 31, 2022. Click here for details
Request for Applications - Community Driven Approaches to Prevent Opioid Harms in Disproportionally Affected Populations – Technical Assistance
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Care and Treatment Services is requesting applications for an individual or organization to provide technical assistance to organizations receiving funding under the Community Driven Approaches to Prevent Opioid Harm in Disproportionally Affected Populations Grant Program. Two one-year grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded from this request for applications. The grantees will provide technical assistance to organizations engaging communities to create a culturally relevant opioid prevention strategic plan to reduce opioid use and promote overall well-being. The deadline to apply for funding is 11:59 p.m. September 7, 2022. Find details at this link.
Webinars & Events
Pop-Up Outreach Days
Tuesday, July 12 & Tuesday, July 26
Check out this cool pop-up community Resource Fair on July 12 and July 26. Free food and fun! Help to beautify your neighborhood too. Sponsors include Amani United Dominican Center Safe & Sound, Inc. and COA Youth & Family Centers. The events will be held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on July 12 at 2376 N. 21st St., and from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on July 26 at 27th and Chambers.
Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
Wednesday, July 13
Community Advocates is offering QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper workshops to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Community Advocates will offer this introductory session via Zoom at no cost. It's open to Milwaukee County residents and those who work with them. To register, click on the following date:

Panel Discussion on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: Improving Systems through Collaboration
Thursday, July 14
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) upcoming panel discussion highlights the lessons and successes of change implementation. The panel examines how sustaining system-level change: 1) maximizes implementation efforts, and 2) ensures programs remain effectively and equitably delivered and sustained—from the top down and bottom up. This session will be held Thursday, July 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. RSVP here.
Make it Happen Mondays:
Celebrating Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Monday, July 18
This hour-long conversation presented by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP) will focus on what Milwaukee’s African American residents are experiencing as it relates to mental wellness.

Panelists include Harry Evans of Heal Black Man, Michaela Ramos of Blue Willow Counseling and Consulting LLC, Dr. Ingrid D. Hicks of Transformation Services Inc., Nastassia Jackson of Different Shades of Healing LLC, and Pastor Willie B. Davis of Invisible Reality Ministry. We’ll talk about issues such as access, empowerment, empathy, and care.

We will also explore some of the unique ways that local organizations and providers are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of unique individuals here in the Greater Milwaukee area. How are we meeting people where they are?

Join us if you are interested in taking charge of your mental wellbeing or if you are a service providers who is interested in learning more about the mental wellbeing of African Americans in Milwaukee. You will also receive links to resources in Milwaukee County. Join us Monday, July 18, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on MCSAP’s Facebook page.
Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid
Wednesday, July 20 & Thursday, July 21
Community Advocates is offering Adult Mental Health First Aid workshops to help participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Community Advocates will offer this introductory session via Zoom at no cost. It's open to Milwaukee County residents and those who work with them. To register, click on the following dates:

10 Tips to Reduce Conflict:
Practical Verbal De-Escalation Techniques
Wednesday, July 27
Community Advocates is offering a virtual De-Escalation Techniques training to teach participants how to defuse a situation and increase safety using verbal de-escalation techniques. This workshop is aimed toward individuals who encounter conflict in the workplace, at home, or in the community, whether you are a parent or educator, work in the helping professions, or otherwise work with the public in potentially tense situations. This online workshop is free and open to anyone who lives or works in Milwaukee County. It will be held Wednesday, July 27, at 9 a.m. Click here to register.
Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, July 29
Community Advocates is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Community Advocates will offer this session via Zoom at no cost, on July 29. It's open to Milwaukee County residents and those who work with them. Click here to register by July 22.
A Summer of Healing
Saturday, August 13
The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention is offering the Summer of Healing initiative in which you can learn about community resources, holistic healing practices, cultural practices and self-defense techniques. This program will also have activities and prizes for youth and teens. The next program will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at Sherman Park, 3000 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee. If you are interested in attending and have any additional questions, reach out to the Office of Violence Prevention through Facebook by clicking here.
Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference
Thursday, August 18 & Friday, August 19
The Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference will be held August 18-19 and will be an in-person event. This conference is an opportunity to learn about effective support within community services, mental health and substance use recovery. The Peer Recovery Conference registration will be open through Wednesday, August 10, with a registration fee of $100. Advocates, mental health professionals and peer specialists are encouraged to attend. To register, click here.
Updated Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide
In honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide to expand resources for and by People of Color. You can download it here.
LGBTQ+ Mental Wellbeing Resources
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing has created a resource page for LGBTQ+ Pride Month that can be utilized throughout the year to bring awareness to the challenges LGBTQ+ individuals face. Click here to access them.
CDC’s New Fatal Overdose Data Dashboard
The CDC’s Division of Overdose Prevention developed an interactive data visualization tool, the SUDORS dashboard, which displays fatal overdose data from 2020. These data offer valuable fatal overdose data about drugs involved in overdose deaths, demographic characteristics, circumstances surrounding overdose deaths, and potential opportunities for intervention. Although Wisconsin is not included in this data set, the information can provide a helpful national perspective on substance use overdose deaths.
Family Resources
A Practitioner’s Resource Guide:
Helping Families to Support their LGBT Children
This resource guide from SAMHSA offers information and resources to help practitioners in health and social service systems implement best practices to engage and help families and caregivers support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children. Download it here.
Mental Health Language Guide
Released in conjunction with Ken Burns’ PBS series “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” this resource from the Well Beings campaign provides examples of stigmatizing and non-stigmatizing language for adults who wish to communicate with youth about mental health and other issues. Download it at this link.
Resources for Helping Youth Cope after a Mass Shooting
In response to the Robb Elementary School (in Uvalde, Texas), supermarket (in Buffalo, New York), and other mass shootings, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) has compiled a list of resources to help youth, families, educators, and community members cope with and talk about community trauma, as well as provide psychological first aid. Click here to access the resourcesThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24/7/365: Call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor any time.
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