Issue 8-3| January 29, 2019
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Spotlight On:
ReCast MKE Winter 2019 Training Calendar
The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention is sponsoring free training opportunities in partnership with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute . These free learning opportunities will give you a greater understanding of trauma, mental health, suicide, youth development and drug abuse. You will build support skills to help youth and adults at home, at work, and in your neighborhood. Each opportunity is uniquely designed to make sure you and those you love live your lives at their fullest potential.

Learning opportunities offered this winter are:
  • The Brain Architecture Game
  • Building Prevention Programs
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults working with Youth
  • Mental Health First Aid Review Course
  • Substance Abuse and Trauma

All learning communities will be led by Jeremy Triblett, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.

MCSAP’s One Choice  
If you only had to make one choice to prevent a friend or loved one from becoming addicted, wouldn’t you make it?

That’s the message in the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition’s "One Choice" PSA , released to mark Milwaukee County’s Light & Unite Red Week, January 22-27. The PSA depicts a young man in his grandmother's home, where he finds her medication in her bathroom. He picks up a pill and sirens blare. 

MCSAP’s "one choice" is safely disposing of unwanted medication so that it's out of reach of a friend or loved one who could take it and potentially develop an addiction or become poisoned.

Get details on how you can safely dispose of unwanted medication on MCSAP's website
You're Invited:
State Leaders Look Ahead:
Which Policies Will Ensure All Wisconsinites Thrive?
Join Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's panel discussion with state leaders to discover which policy changes will help Wisconsinites find and keep family-supporting jobs, live in a vibrant community, have health care coverage, and thrive in 2019 and beyond.

Confirmed speakers are state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, state Rep. Evan Goyke, and state Rep. Daniel Riemer.

This free panel discussion will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Community Advocates, Second Floor Community Room, 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, WI 53233.

State Opioid Response Grants Available 
The state DHS Division of Care and Treatment Services has released a memo describing the procedure for counties and tribes identified as high need areas to request State Opioid Response funding for the purpose of decreasing waitlists, service denials, or other unmet needs for individuals seeking treatment services for an opioid use disorder for the period March 1 through September 29, 2019. Eligible agencies for this funding include counties and tribes not currently receiving DCTS funds through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis or Medication-Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction grant projects. The deadline to apply for funding is February 8.
State Department of Health Services Opioid Use Treatment Survey 
The Center for Urban Population Health at UW-Milwaukee is surveying medical professionals and providers on the methods utilized to treat opioid use disorder. Responses will be used toward planning curriculum and development by the Wisconsin Opioid Project ECHO , which hopes to use the model to educate health care professionals on treating opioid use disorder. The survey can be found here . The survey will close on Friday, February 15. 
Save the Date
DHS Opioid Forum
March 19 & 20
Join the Department of Health Services at KI Convention Center in Green Bay for its Opioid Forum , two days of workshops focused on best practices for prevention, treatment, and recovery. There will be more than two dozen workshops. A full agenda will be available soon. Some of the topics to be discussed will be how to implement a 24/7 opioid treatment program, how to collaborate and partner with the faith community, a training on how to use naloxone, the impact of the opioid crisis on children, the impact of the opioid crisis on women, and using the MATRIX model for opioid use disorder. There will also be panel discussions on infectious diseases, harm reduction, stigma reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.

The keynote speaker on March 19 will be  Bob Forrest . The keynote speakers on March 20 will be from state and federal agencies. 

The registration fee will be $75 per person for the full conference. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days. Registration is expected to open no later than February 5. Click here for more information on hotel accommodations and other special preconference events.
Wisconsin's Opioid Crisis: A Trauma-Informed Response
April 2 & 3
Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Wisconsin's Opioid Crisis: A Trauma-Informed Response is for mental health professionals, substance abuse counselors, medical professionals, law enforcement, and related professions. This event will feature workshops on trauma's role in the misuse and abuse of opioids. The registration fee will be $75 per person for the full conference, to be held at KI Convention Center in Green Bay. A full agenda will be available in February. This event is part of Wisconsin's State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  
Nurturing Parenting Programs® Facilitator Training & Seminar
April 2-4
Mental Health America is hosting a three-day facilitator training and seminar for Nurturing Parenting Programs® with Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D., author of the Nurturing Parenting Programs®, on April 2-4. In three days, participants will learn:

  • Philosophy of Nurturing Parenting
  • Five parenting constructs of abuse/neglect
  • Impact of maltreatment on brain development
  • How to assess high-risk parenting beliefs
  • How to tailor programs based on family’s needs
  • How to gather process evaluation data
  • How to evaluate pre- and post-program impact
  • How to implement home and group-based models

Second Annual Latino Health Equity Summit
Friday, April 9 
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center invites you to attend their second annual Latino Health Equity summit , which will be held Friday, April 9, at the Italian Community Center (631 E. Chicago St.) in Milwaukee. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the general program running from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. A networking reception will follow until 4 p.m., with a light breakfast, lunch, and beverages provided. Registration will open soon. 
Second Annual Community Wellness Event
Wednesday, January 30

This January 30 wellness event sponsored by Community Alliance: Hales Corners and Greendale Communities , the Hales Corners Health Department, and Greendale Schools is canceled due to the bitter cold. Check Facebook for details on an alternate date for this informative community event.
Training for Professionals:
Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community
Thursday, February 7
SHALVA 's Clinical Director Barbara Siegel will offer an informative discussion and workshop on Thursday, February 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m., regarding the impact domestic violence can have on Jewish women and children and how you can help. Further points to be addressed include healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, healing in the long term, and the effects trauma can have on those involved. The session will be held at the Sojourner Family Peace Center, 619 W. Walnut St., in Milwaukee. Registration is required. Click here for details and to RSVP. A Kosher lunch will be provided. 
WAATPN/WTPPN Joint Meeting Luncheon
Friday, February 8
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention & Poverty Network function to save lives by addressing tobacco disparities. Join them on  Friday, February 8 ,  for a joint quarterly meeting featuring Jeanette Kowalik, City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner.

The event will be held on Friday, February 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mark AME Church, 1616 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee. RSVPs are required. Click here for details and to register.
Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Book Club
Monday, February 11
PSGM is launching a quarterly book club to read and discuss books relevant to mental health and suicide. Their first book is the play Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan, which will be performed by the Milwaukee Rep April 12-28. ( Tickets here .) The book club will meet on Monday, February 11, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at the Milwaukee Public Library Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. RSVP by emailing Dr. Bob DuBois at .
STI Strategic Planning Meeting #3
Tuesday, February 12
The City of Milwaukee Health Department invites you to join other community partners to help develop a strategic plan to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections in the Milwaukee community. This meeting will build and strengthen relationships between community partners; review the strategic planning process; identify current initiatives and resources that support the strategic issues; review best practices and policies that support the strategic issues; propose effective implementation strategies; identify implementation partners; and discuss next steps.

It’ll be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Zilber School of Public Health, 1230 N. 10th St., Milwaukee. Check-in and networking will begin at 830 a.m. Light breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP no later than Friday, February 1, by completing the following survey: .

Questions? Contact Julie Katrichis at .
Samaritan Family Wellness Circle Training
Thursday, March 7 & Thursday, May 2
Samaritan Family Wellness , a nonprofit out of Glendale, will be offering one-day facilitator trainings open to the public. These will include learning how to host a six week Wellness Circle catered towards adult, parent or teen audiences, with the ultimate goal of the circle program being healthier, more fulfilling lives for those involved. Future dates for these sessions will be held on Thursday, March 7, and Thursday, May 2. Both will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are held at the Aurora Family Service Center at 3200 W. Highland Blvd., Milwaukee. Please RSVP to Holly Stoner ; there is a cost of $35 for the training, which includes lunch and materials. 
Research & Resources
National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month Toolkit
From the Prevention Board, Department of Children and Families, and Prevent Child Abuse/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: Download the toolkit for April’s observance of National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
Parents Key in Preventing Youth Drug Use
Monitoring, praise, support, open communication and family bonding time are all essential in ensuring your child refrains from illegal drug use. For more information about Light & Unite Red's advice for parents, please click here .
Marijuana and Pregnancy Fact Sheet
Despite studies showing that smoking marijuana while pregnant may impact a baby’s development, more than 1 in 20 women say they have done so. For further information, please see this fact sheet .
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Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST MKE, a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, under Grant No. 5H79SM063524.