Issue 11-4 | February 21, 2022
Spotlight On:
CADCA National Leadership Forum Provided Insights on Prevention Challenges and Successes
Earlier this month, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute sent a portion of our Prevention Team to the CADCA’s 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, MD, to learn about best practices and emerging issues in the field of substance use and misuse prevention.

A special bonus was the graduation of Tamika Glenn, Coordinator of the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project, and Hannah Lepper, Coordinator of the Southeast Region of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth, from the CADCA Academy. In 2021, Tamika and Hannah worked their way through 96 hours of education and produced six coalition products, which included a Community Assessment, Logic Model, Strategic and Action Plan, Evaluation Plan, Evaluation Communication Plan, and a Sustainability Plan. They were recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Forum and are already putting knowledge to work in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.

Division of Care and Treatment Services 2022 Grant Funding Opportunities
The DHS Division of Care and Treatment Services are providing a list of current and upcoming grant funding opportunities for interested applicants. Agencies that are currently receiving funding through one of the grant programs provided by DCTS are required to reapply for new grants and to contact their DCTS contract administrator with any questions. To see all DHS grant funding opportunities, click here.
Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Proposal Extended Deadline
Mental Health America of Wisconsin and the PSW Conference Planning Committee have extended their presentation proposals deadline for the 2022 Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference. Applicants now have until Monday, February 28, to submit their proposals. For more information, click here.
2022 Wisconsin Peer Recovery Conference Proposal Submissions
Deadline: Friday, March 4
The 2022 Peer Recovery Conference is looking for proposal submissions. Proposal guidelines must align with the peer recovery objectives, demonstrate evidence-based practices, support various pathways of recovery and highlight direct inclusion of people with lived experiences. All WI Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Parent Peer Specialists are encouraged to apply. The proposal submission deadline is Friday, March 4. For more information, click here.
Webinars & Events
MICAH Black History Program Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 22
MICAH will be hosting a Black History program fundraiser event which will be focused on the theme of "Building a Healthy Community" in which attendees will hear about the history and work of the Black Nurses Association and the MKE Black Grassroots Health Equity Network. This is a virtual event that will be held on Tuesday, February 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $20 and scholarships will also be available. Click here to register!
Improving Outcomes for Families Affected by
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Tuesday, February 22 & Thursday, February 24
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare will be hosting a webinar on "Improving outcomes for Families Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure." This webinar will be presented by Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff in a two part session. Each session will cover different objectives and experiences of prenatal alcohol exposure. The first session will be on Tuesday, February 22, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration is free and questions on the topic are accepted. For more information, click here.
Community Engagement Concepts that Counter Trauma, Disparities & Lack of Trust
Wednesday, February 23
The Southeast PTTC is offering a webinar on "Community Engagement Concepts That Counter Trauma, Disparities and Lack of Trust." The webinar will teach you how to improve the understanding and communication between prevention organizations using the strategic prevention framework and underserved communities in need of prevention assistance. The webinar will be held Wednesday, February 23, from 12 to 1:45 p.m. To register, click here.
Mental Illness and Our Criminal Justice System
Thursday, February 24
The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force and Milwaukee Turners are hosting a second session webinar on "Mental Illness and Our Criminal Justice System." This session will address what happens if someone with chronic mental illness is booked into jail, the screening process, and other factors that affect this type of encounter in the criminal legal system. The session will be held on Thursday, February 24, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required; click here to register.
How to Achieve Wellness in Your Life, Family & Community
Thursday, February 24
Brentwood Church of Christ in partnership with Milwaukee County BHD and Wraparound Milwaukee is hosting a virtual mental health event on "How to Achieve Wellness in Your Life, Family and Community." The event will feature Maria Castillo of Milwaukee County Wraparound and Jeremy Triblett of Milwaukee County BHD and CARS and will be held on Thursday, February 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register for the Zoom session, use the meeting ID: 839 7476 2442 and passcode: 690430.
America’s Black Holocaust Museum “Grand Re-mergence”
Friday, February 25
This month, America’s Black Holocaust Museum will be reopening its doors for a Grand Re-emergence. This will be held Friday, February 25, starting with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. with the grand reopening at 10 a.m. The museum will be open to the public and is located at 2233 N. Vel R. Philips Ave. For more information, visit America’s Black Holocaust Museum’s Facebook page.
Free Resource Fair & Luncheon
Saturday, February 26
The Parent University is hosting a free resource fair and luncheon for children, youth, individuals with disabilities, individuals over the age of 60 and families. The fair will be held on Saturday, February 26, at 3020 W. Vilet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208. There will be lunch provided and information on Covid-19 vaccinations.
Samad’s House Annual Black Balloon Release Day
Sunday, March 6
Samad’s House will be hosting a Black Balloon Release to bring awareness to the dangers of addiction from drug substances, as well as bring light to the lives lost due to drug overdose. This event will be held on Sunday, March 6, at 2875 N. 23rd St. Samad’s House also offers programs and a holistic approach to treatment for women recovering from substance abuse. For more information on this event, please contact Raqiba Malik at
Compassion Resilience Parent/Caregiver Overview Training
Wednesday, March 9
NAMI SE WI and Rogers Behavioral Health are partnering to offer the "Compassion Resilience Parent/Caregiver Overview" Training. This training is for community partners looking to train parents and family caregivers of adolescents with mental health disparities on compassion resilience. The trainings are virtual and are offered free. The training will be held on Wednesday, March 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. To register, email at including your name, organization, role and email.
Trauma and Substance Use Workshop
Wednesday, March 16
Community Advocates is offering a workshop on "Trauma and Substance Use." With this training, participants will gain a better understanding as to how trauma affects the brain, learn risk factors for substance use disorders, and develop their strategy for intervention methods for a particular population. The workshop will be held twice on Wednesday, March 16. Registration is required at the links below.

Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
Thursday, March 17, Tuesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 31
QPR Question, Persuade, Refer's mission is 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.

Great Lakes MHTTC Black History Month Resources
The MHTTC is providing multiple resources that shed light on training and offer assistance resources on Black health and wellness:

Building Health Equity and Inclusion: Black/African American Populations: Explore substance abuse disorder and mental health treatment and recovery resources specialized in Black/African American communities. Visit the resource here.

Racial Equity and Cultural Diversity: Explore products and resources on cultural responsiveness, racial equity, and cultural diversity for the mental health workforce. Visit the resource here.

Health Equity and Inclusion: Explore resources designed to help the substance misuse prevention workforce reduce health disparities, address social determinants of health, and provide prevention services. View the resource here.
Prevention of Opioid Harm in Wisconsin Starts with a
Dose of Reality
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) have officially launched the updated Dose of Reality Initiative. This initiative provide tools for Wisconsin residents to help prevent and reduce risks of opioid use by having open and honest conversations. The Dose of Reality Initiative will help provide information on opioid risks, safe disposal of medication, support resources and other topics and resources related to opioid use and recovery. You can access the Dose of Reality webpage here.
Family Resources
Office of Children's Mental Health Supporting Child Well-Being through Covid-19 Grief
The Office of Children's Mental Health is focusing on supporting child well-being through the grief of Covid-19. The fact sheet is a tool for parents, schools and communities to use to make a difference while also attending a young person's grief. The tools provided will help them heal and become resilient moving forward. Click here to view the fact sheet.
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