Issue 11-19 | September 19, 2022
Spotlight On: September is Recovery Month
SAMHSA writes, "Recovery is for everyone because it benefits everyone. In recovery, we build new connections to ourselves, our families, and our communities. The Recovery Month tagline, 'Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community' reminds people in recovery and those who support them, that recovery belongs to all of us. We are all called to end gatekeeping and welcome everyone to recovery by lowering barriers to recovery support, creating inclusive spaces and programs, and broadening our understanding of what recovery means for people with different experiences."

To promote Recovery Month this September, click here to access SAMHSA’s materials, including a toolkit with logos, flyers, banners, and a guide on language and imagery.
MCSAP Make it Happen Mondays: Your Recovery Journey
Monday, September 19
MCSAP will host a virtual panel discussion on Monday, September 19, on the experience of people with substance use disorders as it relates to their mental wellbeing and recovery journey, as well as those of their family members and loved ones. The panel will highlight resources available to those who have the desire to begin their recovery journey. Panelists are: Jason Fritz, Recovery Centers of America; Jason Gonzalez, 4th Dimension Sobriety; Kari Zeuschner, Celebrate Recovery; and Tahira Malik, Samad's House. Join MCSAP’s Facebook Live stream from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on September 19 at this link.
Recovery Month Community Events in Hales Corners
September 20 & 30
Rise Above the Stigma, a subgroup of Community Alliance, will host community events in September, Recovery Month. The group will create an open space for conversation and questions around being in recovery. Two events will be held in Hales Corners, on Tuesday, September 20, 4:30 p.m., and on Friday, September 30, 9 a.m., in the Hales Corners Library Community Room. Light refreshments will be served at all events.
SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity
Recovery Month Webinar
Thursday, September 22
The purpose of this webinar will be to discuss the need for behavioral health equity to ensure individuals living in marginalized communities have access to recovery, treatment, and support.

Presenter Dr. Victoria Cargill will discuss:
  • The impact of discrimination, racism, and racial trauma on marginalized individuals living with substance use disorder
  • The intersecting effects of the social determinants of health: poverty, under education, illiteracy, etc.
  • The literature in the types of effective/successful interventions or substance abuse for this population and by population group
  • The barriers to equitable substance use treatment, recovery, and support
  • The next steps forward

This webinar will be held Thursday, September 22, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Join via Zoom by clicking on this link.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Learn How to Be a QPR Gatekeeper Next Week
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, observed in September, aims to foster and destigmatize conversations around suicide and promote access to services and resources.

This year, Community Advocates is offering opportunities to attend QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training to teach helpful techniques on how to talk to someone who may be thinking of harming themselves and providing a pathway to help. These trainings will be held on September 27, 28, and 29. You can find our full September calendar with all of our Mental Health and Wellness workshops at this link. Contact Rita at if you would like to schedule a workshop for your organization.
Region V Public Health Leadership Institute
The Region V Public Health Leadership Institute (RVPHLI) is an opportunity for professionals in public health and primary care to cultivate their capacity to influence change in their organizations and communities. This six-month virtual program is grounded in theory, coupled with practical application and peer-to-peer learning. RVPHLI will set a foundation for emerging leaders as well as strengthen skills for current leaders to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and engage cross-sector partners in addressing the social determinants of health.
RVPHI is intended for those who are:
  • Mid-career (5+ years in public health or primary care) or executive professionals
  • Involved in some way in workforce development, community health strategy, and/or performance management
  • In managerial, administrative, or clinical roles
  • Working within state/local/tribal health departments or FQHCs & look-alikes
  • Serving Medically Underserved Communities, rural areas, Health Professions Shortage Areas, or other high-need areas (e.g., identified by the Social Vulnerability Index)

Raise Your Voice
Help inform the City of Milwaukee Health Department’s 2023-2028 Community Health Improvement Plan! Join one of four meetings this fall. Meetings will include a brief presentation of the Community Health Assessment, results of the Priority Issue Survey and photo campaign, and small group discussions to prioritize top issues. For more information or to RSVP, go to
Webinars & Events
Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce through Organizational Strategies
Tuesday, September 20
This webinar will highlight findings from SAMHSA’s guide, Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce through Organizational Strategies, which explores evidence-based, organization-level strategies and promising practices to address burnout within the behavioral health workforce. Following a presentation of the goals and framing of the guide by SAMHSA’s Humberto Carvalho, MPH; Candace Chen, MD, MPH, George Washington University, from the guide’s technical expert panel will discuss its development. Ellen Childs, PhD, Abt Associates, will describe factors leading to burnout and relevant evidence-based strategies to address it. Representatives from organizations featured in the guide’s case studies will discuss development of their policies or programs to address burnout. The webinar will close with information about how to access the guide. This webinar will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on September 20. RSVP here.
Building Brains with Community
Wednesday, September 21
A child’s experiences impact brain development, which builds the foundation for the child’s learning, behavior, and well-being now and in the future. If a child is exposed to toxic stress or harmful experiences, that foundation can be impaired leading to negative behaviors and barriers to learning. A responsive, supportive and reliable caregiver can reduce the negative impacts of those experiences and help build resilience through executive functioning development. Building Brains with Community (BBwC) is an evidence-informed training model that incorporates the Brain Architecture Game, Strengthening Families and Protective Factors, and Human-Centered Design models. This in-person session, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on September 21, is sponsored by Institute for Child and Family Well-Being. Get details and register here.
Virtual QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Training
September 27, 28 & 29
Community Advocates is offering QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper workshops 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 on September 27, 28, and 29. To register, click on our online calendar.
Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid
Tuesday, October 4 & Tuesday, October 18
Community Advocates is offering Adult Mental Health First Aid workshops to help participants to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Community Advocates will offer this introductory session via Zoom. To register, click on the link below:

19no Anual Foro Latino
Foro Familiar Virtual de Educación Especial
Del 4 al 6 de octubre
Se invita a las familias, estudiantes, padres y tutores, y personal al 19no Foro Latino anual. Acompáñenos a una discusión virtual sobre actualizaciones de educación e información importante para estudiantes con necesidades especiales. Aprenda sobre los recursos y soportes académicos disponibles.

Los temas incluyen:
  • Martes 4 de octubre de 2022: Conciencia plena, Salud mental y cuidado propio, Primera infancia
  • Miércoles 5 de octubre de 2022: Conciencia plena, Lista de chequeo de IEP y Conferencias de padres y maestros
  • Jueves 6 de octubre de 2022: Conciencia plena, Feria de recursos, celebración de cierre

En caso de preguntas, comuníquese con Mónica López al (414) 902-8434 o a Habrá intérpretes de español. Inscríbase antes de Sept. 30 de 2022!
19th Annual Foro Latino
Virtual Special Education Family Forum
October 4-October 6
Families, students, parents/guardians, and staff are invited to the 19th Annual Foro Latino. Join MPS for a virtual discussion on education updates and important information for students with special needs. Learn about academic resources and supports that are available.

Topics include:
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2022: Mindfulness, Mental Health and Self-care, Early Childhood
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022: Mindfulness, IEP Checklist and Navigating Parent-teacher conferences
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022: Mindfulness, Resource Fair, Closing celebration

For questions, contact Monica Lopez at (414) 902-8434 or
Motivational Interviewing Beginning Skills
October 4 & October 11
This two-session professional development opportunity from Share Collaborative will begin your journey of learning Motivational Interviewing (MI) from a trauma-informed, culturally reverent lens.

We will experientially explore:
  • When, how, and why to apply MI in your role with those you serve
  • MI communication skills to heal, honor, and empower behavior change
  • MI Spirit to Hold Space
  • Simple tools for on-going learning
  • Alignments with Cultural Humility and Trauma-Informed Care + Your Wellness

This workshop is designed for all human service professionals and leaders. The event is led by Shawn Smith, member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MIINT), MINT Certified Trainer, and a Founder of Share Collaborative. Shawn has trained MI to thousands of professionals including those serving in workforce development, criminal justice, health care, behavioral health, education, and youth services. CEUs are available per WI - DSPS 166.10 including Psychologists. Get details and RSVP here.
Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, October 7 & Friday, October 21
Community Advocates is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

10 Tips to Reduce Conflict:
Practical Verbal De-Escalation Techniques
Monday, October 10
Community Advocates is offering a virtual De-Escalation Techniques training to teach participants how to defuse a situation and increase safety using verbal de-escalation techniques. This workshop is aimed toward individuals who encounter conflict in the workplace, at home, or in the community, whether you are a parent or educator, work in the helping professions, or otherwise work with the public in potentially tense situations. This training will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on October 10. Details and RSVP here.
Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Seminar
Wednesday, October 19
Join community coalitions, health care providers, public health officials, elected officials and law enforcement and learn the latest in research, policy and effective ways to reduce excessive alcohol use. Keynote speakers are Sean Haley, PhD to talk about the challenges of working in alcohol policy, and Carlton Hall to address the role of prevention and inequity. In addition, there are 16 exciting workshops covering everything from Alcohol Age Compliance Checks, SBIRT, coalitions' successes and topics such as the prevalence of alcohol in suicides, alcohol impact and costs, alcohol licensing, and much more! This seminar will be held virtually and in person at KI Convention Center, Green Bay. Get details and register at this link.
Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Conference
Care for Self, Care for Others: Building Resilient Communities
Preconference October 19; Conference October 20-21
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells
You are invited to join Wisconsin Department of Health Services in person or virtually for the Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Conference. This is Wisconsin's largest annual event focused on the full range of behavioral health care and supports—prevention, harm reduction, intervention, treatment, and recovery services.

This year's event features two keynote sessions and 39 workshops. The hotel room block at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center is now open. It closes September 19. See the full schedule and information on registration fees at this link.
Updated Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide
Community Advocates has updated its Milwaukee County Mental Health & Wellness Resource Guide to expand resources for and by People of Color. You can download it here.
Workplace Mental Health Toolkit
According to MHA’s Mind the Workplace 2022 report, 78% of workers agree that workplace stress affects their mental health, and 7 in 10 workers find it difficult to concentrate at work. This stress can negatively impact workers’ well-being, productivity, job satisfaction, and retention. With Walgreens’ support, MHA created an easy-to-follow toolkit for all levels of an organization to help support employee mental health and well-being. Download it here.
#BeThere to Prevent Suicide
We can all #BeThere to prevent suicide by taking actions that can promote healing and help, and give hope. Many people find it difficult to talk about suicide, and especially difficult to know how to talk to someone that is having thoughts of suicide. But there are clear actions that we can take. We can all learn the five steps for how to talk to someone who might be suicidal. Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Connect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.
Visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for more information at
Recursos en español
Mes de la Salud Mental de BIPOC 2022
Descarga del kit de herramientas
La salud mental de BIPOC es importante durante todo el año. Es por eso que Mental Health America continúa la conversación sobre salud mental de BIPOC mucho después de julio. Para continuar celebrando las identidades únicas de las comunidades individuales, aquí está el kit de herramientas BIPOC de Mental Health America en español. Descarguelo aqui.
El alcohol y su embarazo
Descubra el impacto de su consumo de alcohol en su bebé por nacer, incluido el riesgo de aborto espontáneo o trastornos del espectro alcohólico fetal. Obtenga más información en este enlace.
Family Resources
Alcohol and Your Pregnancy
Discover the impact of your drinking in your unborn baby, including risk of miscarriage or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Learn more at this link.
Milwaukee Market Match 2022
Got EBT? Get FREE fruits and veggies with Milwaukee Market Match! Buy $1 with your QUEST card, get $1 of free produce!

¿Usas EBT? ¡Obtén tus frutas y vegetales GRATUITOS con Milwaukee Market Match! Con $1 de compras en la tarjeta QUEST → Te ganarás $1 más de productos agrícolas GRATUITOS.

Tau EBT? Tau txiv hmab txiv ntoo thiab zaub DAWB nrog Milwaukee Market Match! Yuav $1 yam siv daim npav tshum nyiaj QUEST → Tau zaub DAWB muaj nqis $1.
Small Talks: How WI Prevents Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a real problem in Wisconsin, and it starts earlier and can be more dangerous than you might think. But parents, loved ones, and other caring adults can make a real difference. All you have to do is talk. That’s right. Having small, casual conversations with kids, starting around age 8, can help prevent underage drinking. Learn more about Small Talks at this link.
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