Issue 8-18 | August 26, 2019
Spotlight On:
Amani Residents Asked for Drug Take-Back Opportunity.
53206 Stakeholders and MCSAP Respond with
August 31 Event in Moody Park.
In honor of International Overdose Awareness Day, substance abuse prevention advocates are launching the first-ever  Drug Take-Back Event in the Amani Neighborhood  on Saturday, August 31, with a resource fair, food, raffles, games, resources, and the Rec ‘N’ Roll skate mobile. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moody Park Pavilion, 2201 W. Auer Ave., Milwaukee.

Organizers include the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, COA Youth & Families Centers, Friends of Moody Park, the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP), Milwaukee Police Department, and Safe & Sound.

"There have been a number of drug take-back events in communities surrounding the Amani neighborhood, but until now no one has organized one in Amani," said Amanda Clark, Coordinator of the  53206 Drug-Free Communities Project . "Residents often ask me how they can get rid of their unwanted pills. Now, they can bring the medication they no longer need to Moody Park on August 31, where they can also enjoy free food and entertainment."

Getting rid of unwanted medication is a good strategy to prevent substance abuse and misuse. Four out of five heroin users say they got hooked on prescription narcotics first. In addition, spare pills in the home can tempt someone who is developing a substance use disorder or lead to an accidental poisoning or overdose.

Free Opioids Prescriber Education Workshop for
Health Care Professionals
CEUs Available for Responsible Opioid Prescribing
September 13 & 24
Dr. Michael McNett is presenting "Alternatives to Opioids in Treating Acute and Chronic Pain" for primary care physicians, specialty physicians, allied health professionals, nurses, social workers and staff on two dates in September.

Participants will learn why opioids should only be used as a last resort in treating acute and chronic pain, and which non-opioid medications and techniques treat acute and chronic pain.

Dr. McNett is the medical director for chronic pain at Aurora Greater Milwaukee South, and Physician Faculty, Opioid Prescribing Education, at the Wisconsin Medical Society.

This free two-hour course, with lunch afterwards, has been approved by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board as meeting the requirements for the two-hour continuing education course on responsible opioid prescribing per Med 13.03(3) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

It’s presented by the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP) and the Wisconsin Medical Society , and will be held at Aurora Sinai Medical Center – Rapkin Auditorium, 945 N. 12th St., Milwaukee, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, September 13, and Tuesday, September 23. Register for the September 13 session at this link and the September 24 session here.
Academy for Competent Youth Work Trainings
October 1-4 & October 15-18
The Academy for Competent Youth Work is holding two trainings in Milwaukee this fall: Child and Youth Care: Foundations Course (October 1-3 & October 15-18; cost $600) and Child & Youth Care: Foundations Course Training of Trainers (October 1-4 & October 15-18; cost $1,500) which consists of the full foundations course plus 16 hours of Training of Trainers training.

Participants will learn valuable concepts and new skills based on leading-edge research and best practices relevant across the entire field of child and youth care services as well as prepare for the Families First Act transition to community-based, family-focused care. These trainings are cosponsored by WACYCP to support CYC Certification in Wisconsin. Get details and register here.

The Academy for Competent Youth Work collaborated with the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National Resource Center for Youth Services to create the Youth Thrive and Families Thrive curricula.
Prevention Outreach at Local High School Football Games
The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention coalition (MCSAP) and our community partners are doing prevention outreach and providing Dose of Reality materials to fans of high school football this fall. MCSAP volunteers attended last week’s Marquette University High School v. Muskego High School game, and were able to reach out to parents, students, and fans with positive, constructive ways to avoid misusing prescription painkillers or other substances.

We’ll be at the following games:

  • August 29: Germantown @ Wauwatosa West
  • September 5: Mukwonago v. Catholic Memorial @ Carroll University
  • September 12: Greendale @ Pewaukee
  • September 19: Homestead @ Whitefish Bay
  • September 26: Waukesha North @ Waukesha West
  • October 3: Rufus King v. Riverside @ Pulaski Stadium
  • October 10: St. Catherine’s @ Greendale Martin Luther
  • October 17: Franklin @ Oak Creek
Each of these games will be broadcast on My24 and will be livestreamed (and archived) on as part of its Thursday Night Lights coverage.

Interested in volunteering at a game? Email John Eshun at Thank you!
New Opioids Data Tool
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a new online tool featuring interactive charts, graphs, and maps, Data Direct: Opioids . The data show that opioid deaths are at their lowest level since 2015.

"The most recent data on Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic is encouraging," said DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk. "It shows that our collective ongoing efforts to support individuals and communities affected by this public health crisis are working to save lives, but we still have a lot of work to do to end this epidemic."
Save the Date
Sixth Annual Oak Creek Health Fair
Thursday, October 3
The Oak Creek Health Department and Lions International are offering this afternoon health fair with free health screenings and services, including blood pressure, balance screenings, information about substance abuse prevention, and more. It’ll be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. 
2019 Wisconsin Summit on Opioids and Meth
Tuesday, October 15 & Wednesday, October 16
The North Central High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) is sponsoring its second annual state Summit on Opioids and Meth. The summit will feature trends in drug trafficking, interdiction, and treatment, along with model law enforcement, recovery, prevention, and harm reduction partnerships that reduce addiction and enhance recovery. Cost is $75 per person. The summit will be held October 15 and 16 at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. Get details and register here.
Home to Stay Reentry Resource Fair
Wednesday, September 4
Individuals and their families who have been touched by the justice system are encouraged to stop by this monthly resource fair . It’ll be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, at Wisconsin Community Services, 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. It’s sponsored by the state Department of Workforce Development and the Milwaukee Community Justice Council.  
Milwaukee Child Abuse Prevention Services Coalition Meeting
Monday, September 9
All are welcome to attend the Policy Committee of the Milwaukee Child Abuse Prevention Services Coalition (MCAPS), coordinated by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute . It meets the second Monday of every month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee. The MCAPS Public Policy Committee promotes the creation and implementation of public policies and programs that afford all families the opportunity to live in safe, stable, and healthy environments. The committee gathers information for the identification of issues and performs advocacy to address system and structural challenges for children and families.
NAMI Greater Milwaukee Family-to-Family Education Program
Wednesdays, September 11-November 20
NAMI Greater Milwaukee’s free, 11-session Family-to-Family Education Program is for family, partners, friends, and allies of adults living with a mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, major depression, and schizophrenia. The sessions will be held Wednesdays, beginning September 11, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at NAMI Greater Milwaukee, 3200 S. Third St., Milwaukee. Register by calling 414-344-0447 or emailing
2019 Poverty Matters! Conference
Securing Opportunity in Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 11 & Thursday, September 12
Wisconsin Community Action Program (WISCAP) is organizing this two-day conference featuring four plenary sessions and more than 30 workshops on four tracks: Community Action and Everyday Forms of Assistance; Housing, Transportation, Job and Income Supports; Access to Health Care; and Research. Participants will examine the structural underpinnings of poverty and consider more effective anti-poverty policies and strategies. The 2019 Poverty Matters! Conference will be held on September 11 and 12 at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Cost is $150-$200. Registration deadline is August 30. Register and get details here.
Minority Health Film Festival
September 12-September 15
The Minority Health Film Festival, organized by Milwaukee Film and sponsored by Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin, intends to spark health-related conversations in Milwaukee. The film festival combines films, community forums, an interactive health fair, and features speakers Charlamagne Tha God on mental health, rapper and juice entrepreneur Styles P, and Harriet Washington, author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Get details and tickets at this link.
Ascension’s Medical Mission at Home
Saturday, September 14
Ascension’s Medical Mission at Home is a one-day health care event that provides free access to medical and dental care, medications and other services. The event is 100% free of charge to anyone who attends. The Mission is open to everyone, with a special focus on reaching those who are uninsured and underinsured. Interpreters will be available. The Medical Mission at Home will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee. For details, click here .
11th Annual Milwaukee Walk for Recovery
Saturday, September 21
Support those in recovery by participating in this annual Walk for Recovery and block party to celebrate September as National Recovery Month. It begins at Alano Club, 1521 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, on Saturday, September 21, with registration at 9:30 and a speaker, awards, walk, and block party following. It’s organized by Milwaukee Walk for Recovery.
Requests & Resources
Survivors of Suicide Group Facilitators Sought
Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) is looking for two volunteer group leaders for their monthly Survivors Helping Survivors suicide loss support group held at Jewish Family Services, 1300 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. Survivors Helping Survivors is a no-cost suicide loss support group open to all family members and friends of someone who has died by suicide. MHA is seeking a peer facilitator and a clinician (or clinician in training) facilitator. Check out the position descriptions for details. 
Five Things Parents Need to Know about
Back to School Days and Mental Health
Caring adults should be as concerned about a young person’s mental wellness as their physical health before the school year begins. Psych Hub offers five things parents (and other adults) should know about mental health and the start of a new school year. Read about them here.
Free Legal Clinic for Youth
Wednesday, August 28
Homeless and transitional youth are invited to receive free consultations from attorneys who can provide advice on benefits, criminal matters, credit and consumer issues, public assistance, and more. Bring documentation that’s relevant to your case. The attorneys will be available from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Pathfinders, 4200 N. Holton St., Milwaukee, on August 28. First come, first served. The attorneys are provided through Project Street Youth and State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division.
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