This Community Prevention Initiative (CPI) Connection highlights upcoming CPI events, new resources, and more learning opportunities for the California substance use disorder prevention (SUD Pv) field. You can download a printable PDF version by clicking the button below:


What's New from CPI 
New Contract Awarded to CARS!

The Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) is proud to announce that we are the recipients of the new CPI contract. The new contract extends from 10/1/2018 through 6/30/23. We appreciate your ongoing support and are honored to continue serving California as the sole SUD Pv training and technical assistance (TTA) provider; a statewide capacity building role CARS has assumed since CPI's inception in 2003.
2017-2018 Achievements

As we move forward, we would like to highlight CPI achievements from the last program year. We celebrate our accomplishments and appreciate the peer sharing and support the SUD Pv field provides to one another.  
2017-2018 CPI achievements include:
  • Hosted 36 trainings and eight webinars serving over 1,800 participants
  • Conducted 250 technical assistance sessions, 83 of these sessions focusing on cultural competence and diverse communities
  • Developed a new Information for Prevention Certification page to support Pv professionals with their California
  • Re-launched three onsite Ethics in SUD Pv trainings in San Mateo, Los Angeles, and Stanislaus counties
  • Published a new data collection article: Focus Groups - Helpful Tools for Strategic Prevention Planning
  • Coordinated and facilitated TTA support for counties participating in the STEPP (Strategic Training and Education for Prevention Planning) project
  • Created 24 County Indicator Toolkits to support counties developing their strategic prevention plans
  • Provided consultation and SUD Pv expertise through state-level interagency workgroup participation such as on the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Workgroup, Youth Advisory Group (YAG), and Statewide Epidemiology Workgroup (SEW)
  • Developed and facilitated presentations at state and national prevention forums, including the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference and the Department of Health Care Services Substance Use Disorder Conference
  • Administered and coordinated six customized regional cultural competence trainings in Merced, Napa, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Nevada counties. The customized trainings were designed to expand our knowledge about cultural competence topics at a regional level to better facilitate hands-on participation. The trainings were well received with an average evaluation rating of 4.8 out of 5.0. Participant feedback included:
    • "Very influential presenters and loved the interactive model for all of us participating - tangible ways to integrate into our work space/organizations/county."
    • "Everything was helpful. I was unaware of culture competence, but now I know what I can do to help my organization."
    • "Great trainers, great need for this, need more!!!"
Preparing for a New Year of CPI

The CPI Team is currently deciding on topics for this project year. In early 2018, CPI administered a SUD Pv Field Survey to identify which TTA topics would be most beneficial to the SUD Pv field. Some responses included:

If your county or organization would like TTA on these Pv topics or others, we invite you to complete the CPI TA/Training Request Form.

Visit the CPI Webinars page to register for upcoming distance learning opportunities and access archived webinars.
Please Note: Beginning in October, the CPI webinars will be moved to a new platform (Adobe Connect). When you join a CPI webinar session or view an archived webinar recording, you will be asked to create an Adobe Connect username and password. You will still be able to access all webinars at no cost to you.  
Online Training Series 
The first five courses of CPI's Professional Competencies, the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Competencies, are available on the CPI online courses website: The five SPF Competencies are Assessment, Capacity Building, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation.

Learners can take the SPF Competencies individually to build proficiency in particular SPF steps, or as a complete series in which the five courses build on one another.

Quiz questions are included as an element of the online courses. Learners who complete the trainings and pass the integrated quizzes can receive a certificate of completion for professional development or continuing education purposes.
Prevention News 
Visit the CPI website for Prevention News and CPI announcements on an ongoing basis! 
2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research
May 28-31, 2019 ~ San Francisco, CA 
The SPR Annual Meeting provides a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders, and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health. This year's theme is "Prevention Science in a Big Data World."
New from the Surgeon General:  
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids
Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and re  commends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (2016) into one document to better inform the general public. Although the Spotlight on Opioids does not include new scientific information, it provides the latest data on prevalence of substance use, opioid misuse, opioid use disorders, opioid overdoses, and related harms. The Spotlight on Opioids website also provides supplemental education and outreach materials.
Senate Passes the "Substance Abuse Prevention Act" as Part of Opioid Crisis Response Act
On September 17, the Senate approved the comprehensive bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The package included the Substance Abuse Prevention Act, co-authored by Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Cornyn (R-TX). The Substance Abuse Prevention Act reauthorizes the Drug-Free Communities Program and the Office of National Drug Control Policy, authorizes grants for substance abuse education and awareness raising, provides resources to support families impacted by substance abuse, and more. The Act was supported by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and other SUD-related organizations.
Trainings and Technical Assistance (TTA) 
Deepen Your Knowledge and Skills with CPI 
Visit the CPI TA and Training Services page for information about no-cost CPI learning opportunities! You can:
  • View the Events Schedule to register for upcoming webinars and trainings across California.
  • Submit the TA/Training Request Form to receive support on a specific SUD Pv topic. Subject-matter experts provide TA at no cost to County Alcohol and Other Drug offices and many other organizations.
  • Request a Training Certificate for CPI trainings and continuing education units (CEUs) you completed in the past.
  • Watch Archived Webinars on an array of prevention topics.
Upcoming Prevention Extension (PX) Trainings 
The CPI project is committed to providing high quality, no-cost, onsite PX trainings on a variety of emerging and relevant topics. PX trainings are facilitated throughout the state and provide training on best practices in SUD Pv. For more information,
request a PX training or learn more about upcoming events.

CEUs are offered for a nominal fee through the following organizations: California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Click here to learn more. 
Grant Writing: Developing and Maintaining SUD Pv Programs
Los Angeles County  
Friday, January 11, 2019   
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Facilitated by Dana Goodrow 
Learn more and register
Brief Intervention (BI) For Substance Using Adolescents
Placer County  
Wednesday, February 13, 2019  
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Facilitated by Ira Sachnoff 
Learn more and register
Ethics in SUD Pv
Los Angeles County  
Friday, February 22, 2019  
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Facilitated by Shawn Griffin 
Learn more and register
BI for Substance Using Adolescents
Tehama County  
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  
Facilitated by Ira Sachnoff 
BI for Substance Using Adolescents
Santa Clara County  
Friday, March 15, 2019  
Facilitated by Ira Sachnoff 
More information coming soon
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