Issue 9-2 | January 21, 2020
Spotlight On:
Free Gun Locks Available at Community Advocates
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is proud to be a partner in the City of Milwaukee’s free gun lock distribution initiative. The Milwaukee-based Master Lock Company donated 1,000 keyed gun locks to the city's Office of Violence Prevention, which is distributing them to community partners and individuals.

"We are pleased to partner with Community Advocates on this effort to promote safe and responsible gun storage in efforts to prevent accidental shootings among children and youth," said Reggie Moore, Director of the Office of Violence Prevention. "In addition to Community Advocates, gun locks are available at all of the City of Milwaukee Health Centers." 

The gun locks are available upon request at Community Advocates' downtown office's front desk at 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, during regular business hours.

"Kids and adults always ask us for gun locks when we do outreach in the community," said Amanda Clark, Coordinator of the 53206 Drug-Free Communities Project, which is housed at the Public Policy Institute. "Now, we'll be able to give Master Lock gun locks to anyone who visits Community Advocates' downtown offices and asks for one."

Alliance for Wisconsin Youth
POWER in PREVENTION Regional Training
March 25-26
The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and the Northeastern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center are sponsoring Power in Prevention, a two-day intensive training to network, gain information, and learn strategies to prevent substance use/abuse in your community. It’s targeted toward prevention coalition coordinators and members, public health experts, law enforcement, health care professionals, and government representatives. The keynote speaker is Kris Archie, executive director of The Circle, a vaping podcast will be recorded, and ComedySportz will perform. This training will be held Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, at the Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Northwest Conference Center, 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee. Cost is $100 to attend; hotel room is $90 per night. Registration will be open January 31-March 6. AWY members are eligible for scholarships.
No-Cost Motivational Interviewing Training
February 5 & 11
Shawn Smith is presenting this no-cost two-day Motivational Interviewing training sponsored by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Motivational Interviewing is a tool used to address addiction and other physical health conditions to support others’ journey to change behaviors that prevent them from making healthier choices. This two-day workshop is designed for all human services professionals and will be held on Wednesday, February 5, and Tuesday, February 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Community Advocates Training Center, 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee. Lunch is included. Register here. Questions? Contact John Eshun at 414-270-4659 or
Help Enforce Milwaukee's Indoor Vaping Ban
Vaping is not allowed in workplaces or businesses in Milwaukee. If you know of a business that would like signage, they can find a downloadable version here or contact Anneke for a printed window cling. Please report any violations of indoor vaping in public places here. Vaping anywhere smoking is prohibited can result in a fine of $100-250. 
Grant Announcement
Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success
Applications Due Friday, March 6
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success grants. The purpose of this grant program is to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse and its related problems, while strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community and state levels. The program is intended to address one of the nation's top substance abuse prevention priorities. Recipients will identify the primary problematic substances in their jurisdictions, and develop and implement strategies to prevent the misuse of these substances among youth and adults. SAMHSA plans to issue up to 92 grants of up to $1,000,000 per year for up to 5 years. Get details here .
Grant Announcement
Overdose Data to Action Community Prevention
Grants Funding Opportunity
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Overdose Data to Action Program has posted a Request for Application (RFA) for Community Prevention Grants . Eligible applicants include: local health departments, tribal health clinics, cities, counties, and community-based non-profit organizations.

The Overdose Data to Action Community Prevention Grants Program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Strengthening and enhancing the capacity of communities is the goal of this funding opportunity. Emphasis will be placed on promoting strategies and activities that build local capacity to prevent morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses. These include strategies that prevent opioid overuse, misuse, use disorder, overdose, and opioid-related harms. Get more details and dates here .
New Alcohol Policy at Northwestern Great Lakes Girl Scout Events
The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes released a new statement on alcohol, which now "prohibits the use of alcohol or being under the influence of alcohol when carrying out a Girl Scout program or an event where girls are primary attendees." The policy allows alcohol to be served "at primarily adult fundraising/donor events or gatherings," which will have a "proper disclosure" so that parents and guardians can decide if their scout can attend. "When considering the environments, you place your children in, we ask that all parents recognize that alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America’s youth." The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes encompasses 58 counties across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Save the Date
Together for Children Conference
April 21-22
The 33rd Annual Greg and Mary Ann Renz Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, organized by Children’s Wisconsin and Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin, will be held at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. The conference is scheduled for April 21 and 22, with a Seminar Day on April 23. Keynote speakers are Cori Jewel Jensen on sex offenders and Lt. Joe Laramie (ret.). The full-day trainings on April 23 are "Understanding the Impact and Risks for Children Living with Domestic Violence" and "Hot Topics in Forensic Interviewing." Details and registration can be found here.
Wellness Is Prevention—Veterans Mental Health Summit
Friday, May 8
The Veterans Health Coalition and the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center are organizing their annual community mental health summit at the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee in May. It’s a free gathering of veterans, family, and veteran employers devoted to wellness, stress management, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Get details and register here.
Mental Health America 2020 Annual Conference
June 11-13
The theme of Mental Health America’s 2020 conference is "From Resiliency to Recovery." It’ll be held Jun 11-13 in Washington, D.C. Registration is open here
Rethinking Justice and Incarceration in Wisconsin:
Reentry: Ready or Not
Thursday, January 23
Community Advocates' Conor Williams will moderate this panel discussion on reentry from incarceration into the community. The panel will include Kevin Carr, Department of Corrections; Christine Apple, Department of Corrections; Sylvester Jackson, EXPO; and former Gov. Tommy Thompson (invited). This is the final discussion in the Milwaukee Turners' Confronting Mass Incarceration series and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on January 23 at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave., Milwaukee. RSVPs are required at this link for this free community event.
Mindful/Compassionate Communication
Parent-Child & Family Class
January 23-March 5
This series on Mindful/Compassionate Communication is intended for children ages 7 to 12 with an adult caregiver, although teens are also welcome. Through practice and play, the adult and child will increase their capacity to speak and listen mindfully, understand how to effectively communicate their feelings, and build their connection. It will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. from January 23 to March 5 at Northwoods, 1572 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood. Click here for details and to register.
Freedom from the Inside Out
Expungement & Pardons Community Information Session
Monday, January 27
Join Milwaukee County Supervisor Sequanna Taylor, expungement advocacy groups, and employers seeking to fill positions at Freedom from the Inside Out to learn more about expungement and moving forward after incarceration. This event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 27, at Project Restoration, St. Paul Church of God in Christ, 2661 N. 53rd St., Milwaukee. 
Place of Last Drink Users Meeting
Thursday, February 20
On Thursday, February 20, a Place of Last Drink users meeting will be held at UW-Madison Law School. The meeting is a one-day discussion of the success, challenges, and the future of Place of Last Drink (POLD) compilations in Wisconsin to help identify patterns of over-serving.

There is no registration fee, but attendance is limited to those preparing or conducting a POLD compilation. Contact Julia Sherman, Project Coordinator of the Alcohol Policy Project , at to attend. If your community is considering a POLD compilation and would like materials to help frame your conversation, Julia will provide them by emailed reply. If you know of a POLD project, please contact Julia with the names and communities of individuals (including yourself) who could benefit from the POLD users meeting in February. 
Carthage College Trauma and Wellness Conference 2020
A Vision for Community Engagement and Healing
February 25-26
Carthage College and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are sponsoring this two-day conference on the links between trauma, resiliency, and an individual’s or a community’s economic viability. Keynote speakers are Timothy Grove, senior consultant at SaintA, and Ramel Kweku Akyirefi, president and CEO of Blaquesmith Psychological Consultative Services LLC. This event will be held at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, and is free and open to the public but registration is required. Get details and RSVP at this link.
Women. Alcohol. Health. From Blackouts to Breast Cancer
Wednesday, January 22
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) are offering this webinar on the recent trends in alcohol consumption and the unique impacts of alcohol on women. This webinar will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22. Register here.
Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice in
Children’s Behavioral Health
Thursday, January 23
Hosted by the New England MHTTC, this webinar is designed to support child- and family-serving organizations learn how to create effective policies, systems, and internal agency changes to reduce health disparities and achieve better health equity. It will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 23. Register here.
Plan to Plan Strategic Planning
Four-Part Webinar Series
February 11-March 3
This four-part live webinar series from Region V Public Health Training Center is designed to assist public health agencies in getting ready to write a strategic plan. It’s intended for public health professionals in all settings, including governmental public health, nonprofits, and health systems, as well as across disciplines, including health education, nursing, environmental health, and leadership. Participants are encouraged to join the webinars individually or with others from their agency who are involved in strategic planning; they’re not required to register for each webinar. Part 1: Introduction to Strategic Planning , will be held on February 11; Part 2: The Environmental Scan , will be held on February 18; Part 3: Your Strategic Plan and Public Health Accreditation Requirements , will be offered on February 25; Part 4: Successful Implementation of the Strategic Plan , is scheduled for March 3. All will be webcast at 10 a.m. 
Resources & Requests
2020 Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference
Workshop Proposals Sought
More than 1,000 people will attend the 2020 Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Training Conference, which is organized by UW-Stevens Point and will be held October 29-30 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The audience includes mental health, substance use, and trauma prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals as well as those in recovery.

Organizers are seeking 90-minute workshop proposals that support recovery; demonstrate evidence-based practices; enhance the skills of the audience; promote strength-based approaches, and highlight the voice of lived experience of mental health and substance use. Deadline to submit a proposal is February 21. Click here for details and to submit your workshop proposal .
2020 Emerging Leaders Program Applications Are Sought
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is proud to announce the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. This project is aimed at building diversity and capacity in the behavioral health services workforce within under-represented communities throughout Wisconsin. It is a six-month program designed to prepare the next generation of behavioral health leaders. The program seeks to provide professional development and mentorship to individuals from minority populations who are early in their careers and seeking to improve leadership skills in their professional future. The program consists of three in-person meetings that are held in various locations throughout the state, as well as completion of a project during that time.

To apply, download the Emerging Leaders program summary, W-9 form, and Letter of Support template, all of which are needed to complete the application process. You can apply at this link. Questions? Contact Allison Weber at
Organizations Sought for 2020 MPS Student Job Fair
Wednesday, March 11
Are you hiring for summer or part-time jobs or a pre-college program? The 2020 MPS Student Job fair will allow employers to connect with MPS students ages 16 and up. Last year’s event drew more than 650 students. This job fair will be held on Wednesday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Wisconsin Ballroom, Milwaukee. There is no cost to participate. To register your organization, RSVP here.
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