Issue 7-25| December 10, 2018
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Spotlight On: Highlights of MCSAP's 2018
Members of the   Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition   typically use their six yearly meetings to learn about best practices in prevention and organize events. The final meeting of 2018 offered all that—plus a chance to celebrate their achievements throughout the year.

"We wanted to recognize our outstanding leaders and provide the time and space for all of our members to get to know each other a little better," said MCSAP Coordinator Kasaundra Brown. "It's been a privilege to know them and support their work."
Collectively, the coalition focuses on preventing substance abuse, with a special focus on youth marijuana and prescription drug misuse. In March, the coalition organized a youth summit at Neu-Life Community Development that focused on marijuana’s negative impact on a young person’s academic achievements, job opportunities, and personal development. In the summer, the coalition participated in International Drug Overdose Awareness Day by engaging the community at Washington Park Wednesdays. This winter, MCSAP is once again offering Dose of Reality materials at Marquette men’s basketball games to raise awareness of the hazards posed by misused medication.

Throughout the year, the coalition supported members' drug take-back events, safe disposal of medication, public service announcements, youth outreach, community events, and positive youth development.

MCSAP is also conducting a rigorous strategic planning process that’s incorporating members’ goals and needs into its work plan to ensure that the coalition is truly forward-thinking and member-led. It's also welcoming new members to the table as well as committed members to rise to leadership.

"We're excited about taking the coalition to the next level in 2019," Brown said. "We truly are stronger together."
At the meeting, the coalition singled out champions for special recognition.
Outstanding Leadership: Rachael Cooper of the National Safety Council.
Outstanding Leadership: Jody Rhodes of Neu-Life Community Development.
Outstanding Leadership: Raymond Rivera of United Community Center.
Longstanding Member: Tammy Molter, representing West Allis-West Milwaukee Community Coalition.
Also receiving recognition, but not in attendance, were Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski as Coalition Champion and Melissa Ugland as Outstanding Community Ambassador.
After the business meeting concluded, members celebrated with a sparkling cider toast and treats by Palat Catering. The MCSAP coalition is looking forward to a busy and rewarding 2019!
Sometimes the Season is the Reason PSA
While the holidays are intended to be a joyful time, not everyone shares that festive spirit. To support those who may be at risk of abusing substances or struggling with their mental health this holiday season, Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition created this public service announcement to remind all of us that we should "be known to someone." Please reach out to friends and family who may be feeling vulnerable at this time of year and let them know you care. If you need a helping hand, then a friend, relative, or a trained professional can be there for you. In addition, IMPACT 2-1-1 is always ready to connect our community members to services if necessary. Please share this video widely.
City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force Plan Released
Hours of testimony, public engagement, and research went into the Milwaukee City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force’s Initial Plan for 2018-2022, which was released at the end of November. The local prevention community’s input must have been persuasive, because "Enhance and fund existing prevention programs to keep individuals from developing substance use disorder" is on the task force’s list of focus areas. We’re glad to see that that task force identifies substance use disorders as a public health issue "and therefore solutions must be framed through a public health lens."
Take Back My Meds MKE Pharmacy Resources
The Take Back My Meds MKE coalition, a MCSAP member, is attempting to place drug take-back information cards in all Milwaukee County pharmacies. With your help, they can achieve their goal. They need help distributing the cards around the county, but especially in the south suburbs. Please contact the coalition at this link if you can help. Thank you! 
Smoke-Free Advocates on the Airwaves
Anneke Mohr, coordinator for the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, and Lorraine Lathen of the Wisconsin African-American Tobacco Prevention Network offered insights on why we're seeing more young people use e-cigarettes -- and what's being done to reverse that trend -- on WUWM's "Lake Effect" last week. Listen to the interview here.
The Ethel Nuttis Gill Family Resource Center’s Programs
The Ethel Nuttis Gill Family Resource Center, located in the COA Youth & Families Center’s Goldin Center, 2320 W. Burleigh Ave., Milwaukee, aims to support families and build relationships.

Check out the center’s programs:

  • Daily Drop-In Programming: Parents/caregivers and their children can enjoy unstructured free playtime Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Fathers Empower MKE: This fatherhood group meets every Thursday to empower men to overcome barriers that potentially block their success.
  • Goldin Jewels: This community senior support group meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Questions? Contact Brooks Griffin at or 414-265-7689.
Save the Date
Second Annual Community Wellness Event
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Learn how mental health and substance abuse risk connect at this January 20, 2019, wellness event sponsored by Community Alliance: Hales Corners and Greendale Communities , the Hales Corners Health Department, and Greendale Schools. A wellness resource fair featuring local vendors offering a wide variety of wellness services and resources will be offered from 5:45 to 7 p.m. A speaker panel (speakers to be announced soon) is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Greendale's 8th grade health advocacy projects will also be on display. Adults and youth ages 12 and up are encouraged to attend. It will be held at Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, Greendale. Learn more on Facebook or call 414-423-2110.
2019 Youth Services Conference
May 6-8, 2019
The theme of the Fourth Biennial Youth Services Conference is "Tools for Resiliency and Connections." Sponsored by the state Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System, the conference will be held May 6-8, 2019, at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Registration opens February 4. 
Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, December 11
On the agenda for the December Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force are an update on youth justice initiatives and the restructure of the state’s juvenile corrections systems; a presentation by Leah Jepson, Project Director of the Milwaukee Coalition for Children’s Mental Health; and local and state policy updates. The Task Force is also collecting donations for Sox Rox and Time of the Month Club. The meeting will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, at Independence First, 540 S. First St., Milwaukee.
Hopkins Lloyd Community School Homework Diners
Wednesday, December 12
Attention Hopkins-Lloyd families! Homework Diners are bi-weekly family engagement events that allow Hopkins-Lloyd Community School students and families to receive homework support from classroom teachers and volunteer tutors while enjoying a free community meal for the whole family. The final Homework Diner of 2018 will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 12 at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School, 1503 W. Hopkins St., Milwaukee. Contact Mr. Carson at 414-269-1992 to register or sign up in the main office or in CLC.
Youth Justice Milwaukee Community Coalition Meeting
Wednesday, December 12
Youth Justice Milwaukee is providing this opportunity to meet friends, families, and allies of those in our youth justice system, as well as provide an overview of the transition of youth justice from Gov. Walker to Gov-Elect Evers. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12, starting with a 5:30 p.m. dinner before convening the meeting from 6-8 p.m. It will be held at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee. Learn more at this link.
SEL Professional Development Series
Wednesday, December 12
This quarter's Milwaukee Succeeds Social and Emotional Learning Goal 's Professional Development Series theme is Social Awareness, which is the ability to accurately recognize and regulate one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior in different situations. If we are serious about reducing trauma and promote healing in Milwaukee, perspective taking, empathy, and respect will be critical to the process. Center for Applied Theatre is facilitating this session, which will be held at UWM Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th St., Milwaukee from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12; RSVP here .
Safety Not Stigma:
Reframing the Way We Talk about Guns and Violence
Wednesday, December 12
From Mental Health America, Mental Health America of Wisconsin’s Shel Gross and Jean Papalia of Safe Communities Madison-Dane County will focus on the dialogue with the gun owning and selling community around suicide prevention as well as effective laws to reduce suicide risk. This webinar will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12. Register here.
Preventing Suicide among Youth and Young Adults:
Programs and Policies in Wisconsin
Wednesday, December 12
Join the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project for a Capitol Briefing on strategies to prevent suicide among youth and young adults in Wisconsin. Panelists from public, academic, and nonprofit organizations will discuss current data, programs, and policies for lawmakers and others to consider. This event is at capacity, but you can sign up for the wait list for seating that might become available. All wait list registrants will receive links to materials and video following the briefing. Sign up here. 
PSGM Quarterly Coalition Partner Meeting
Friday, December 14
Members of the Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee coalition are invited to its next quarterly meeting on Friday, December 14, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Independence First, 540 S. First St., Milwaukee. The meeting will feature a screening of the award-winning short film "Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge," as well as presentations from Lynn Stinski (Hopeline), Leah Rolando and Cat Horzewski (Crisis Text Line), and Tammy Langhoff, who is swimming the length of Lake Michigan and raising money for the memorial fund for her late daughter Katie. Please RSVP to to allow the organizers to plan for the meeting.
What Drug Monitoring Data Tells Us about
the Current State of the Opioid Epidemic
Friday, December 14
This webinar from the National Council of Behavioral Health and Quest Diagnostics will provide attendees with an overview of the national opioid crisis, the importance of appropriate and medically necessary drug monitoring as routine and non-stigmatized component of patient care, and recommendations for policymakers and providers in how to address results. It’s free and will be held on Friday, December 14, at 11 a.m. RSVP here.
Pathfinders Holiday Meal
Friday, December 21
Please join Pathfinders' Drop-In Center program in providing a meal, a safe space and good times on December 21 in acknowledgement of transitions, holidays, breaks and simply coming together for great eats another year, at Plymouth UCC Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Ave., Milwaukee. 
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
January 10-March 28
This free 12-session program is for family, partners, friends, and loved ones of adults living with mental illness. It’s taught by family members of a loved one living with mental illness. The sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. from January 10 through March 28, 2019, at NAMI Greater Milwaukee, 3200 S. Third St., Unit 6, Milwaukee. Register by calling 414-344-0447 or emailing
Research & Resources
Input Needed on Prevention Conference
Have opinions about the training topics and structure of the 2019 Wisconsin Substance Abuse Prevention Conference? You’re invited to fill out this short survey to enable the organizers to create an informative and useful event. The survey will close December 17.
The Real Cost of Vaping:
Understanding the Dangers of Teen E-Cigarette Use
From Scholastic/FDA: Although this resource is targeted toward educators, anyone working with high school students will find something of value in its infographics, lesson, and activity.
Milwaukee 2018-2019 Warming Room Information
From the Milwaukee Continuum of Care, the City of Milwaukee and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: Warming rooms and other resources are available for individuals experiencing homelessness when the weather drops. This flyer explains how and when they can be accessed.
The Association between Emotional Intelligence and Suicidal Behavior:
A Systematic Review
From Frontiers in Psychology: This lit review "appears to indicate that a high level of [Emotional Intelligence] plays an important role in protecting against suicidal behavior, and should thus be integrated into suicide prevention programs."
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