Issue 7-22 | October 29, 2018
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You Can Save a Life When You Get Rid of Your Meds
On Saturday, the Wisconsin Department of Justice organized a statewide Drug Take-Back Day for expired, unwanted, and unused medication.

That said, if you missed out on Saturday, don’t worry! The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition encourages everyone—including you—to use the safe, secure, permanent drug take-back options available throughout our community.

'When you have unwanted pills in your medicine cabinet, purse, or home, you could be exposing your friends or loved ones to harm," said Kasaundra Brown, MCSAP’s coordinator. "Many young people say they have easy access to medication at home, which could lead them to becoming addicted to substances that aren’t meant for them."

Brown also dispelled the myth that it’s OK to give your extra medication to a friend or relative.

"If you think you can share pills with a friend, think again," Brown said. "Your pill could make them sick or mix with other substances already in their system and accidentally poison them or cause them to overdose."

The best solution is to get rid of unused or extra medication as soon as you don’t need it. And, it’s easy!
Both MCSAP and its member organization Take Back My Meds MKE have been working to establish more permanent drug disposal points throughout Milwaukee County.

“Unused medicine is commonly used to start or feed an addiction and people often acquire it from family and friends. Take Back My Meds MKE is making it easier than ever to get rid of unused medicine by making drop boxes and take back envelopes more available,” said Jon Richards, Coalition Director for Take Back My Meds MKE.

It’s easy to get rid of your unwanted medications and save a life today:

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
November 30
If you know first aid for physical emergencies, consider learning first aid for mental health emergencies. Youth Mental Health First Aid helps concerned adults learn the signs of mental health issues in young people so that they can get the appropriate help when they need it.

The Public Policy Institute is offering a full-day, free-of-charge session on November 30. Just a few spots are still available. Register at this link.
Circles of Support Forming
for Men Returning from Prison
The Milwaukee Reentry Council, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, Project Return, and MICAH are organizing three monthly circles of support for men returning to our community after incarceration. The circles will include newly returned citizens, plus men who themselves have successfully come back to the community from incarceration, and community volunteers who wish to support returning citizens.

Circles of Support meet monthly at:

Hephatha Lutheran Church: First Wednesday of each month at 12 noon with a shared meal at noon to start; next circle will be on Wednesday, November 7, at 12 noon

St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church: Third Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. with a shared meal afterwards; next circle will be on Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m.

Project Return: Second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. with a shared meal afterwards; next circle will be on Thursday, November 15, at 6 p.m.

Please contact Wendel Hruska at Project Return or Conor Williams at Community Advocates if you wish to learn more or to sign up to be part of Circles of Support. You must sign up to be part of Circles of Support:

Wendel Hruska, Project Return, (414) 218-2238 or
Conor Williams, Community Advocates (262) 442-4646 or
HIDTA Prevention Initiative Training Conference
Thursday, November 8 & Friday, November 9
Please join Safe & Sound and North Central HIDTA for the first HIDTA Prevention Initiative Training Conference. The conference will focus on sharing experiences and effective prevention techniques as well as problem solving today’s prevention challenges. Meet your fellow HIDTA Prevention Initiative colleagues and strengthen our shared prevention network at this no-cost event in Milwaukee. To register for the conference, please click here .
Milwaukee County Budget Public Hearing
Monday, October 29
Let your elected county officials know what you want to be included in the 2019 budget before they finalize it. The session will begin at 6 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. 
Community Conversations on School Culture
October 29-November 12
Milwaukee Public Schools invites the public to attend one of eight Community Conversations throughout October and November to discuss how to strengthen school culture.

MPS encourages a friendly, open, and positive climate in all of their schools for every child to learn and grow in. They need to hear all voices including families, students, staff, business partners, and city leaders. Input from the community at large is critical as MPS works to develop solutions that create the best possible learning environment in every school.

Topics of conversation will include:
  • Developing a welcoming environment
  • Safety and discipline
  • Leveraging resources

Conversations will be held at MPS schools throughout the city from October 29 through November 12. Click here for the full schedule.
Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
November 1-December 15
Need health care coverage for 2019? The open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans will run between Thursday, November 1, and Saturday, December 15. Need help signing up? Contact Covering Wisconsin to set up an appointment with a navigator.
The Milwaukee Model: Envisioning the Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform
Thursday, November 1-Saturday, November 3
This initiative seeks to bring artists and experts from around the country together with groups working in Milwaukee to discuss how arts and educational programming might shift perceptions and attitudes about the criminal justice system and incarcerated individuals.

Co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University . All symposium events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is recommended here .
SEL 101: Back to Basics
Friday, November 2
Milwaukee Succeeds is sponsoring this foundation course on Social and Emotional Learning, a strategy that helps youth and adults develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to be successful in school, work, and life.

The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on November 2 at Greater Milwaukee Foundation, 101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 201. The event is free but space is limited, so RSVP here
Reentry Simulation
Tuesday, November 6
Want to help returning citizens be successful? Walk in their shoes. The state Department of Corrections and the federal Bureau of Prisons are hosting a reentry simulation to demonstrate some of the barriers returning citizens face when rejoining their community after incarceration.

Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 6—from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m.—at Project Return, 2821 N. Vel Phillips Ave., Milwaukee. Space is limited. Contact Mary Lee at or 608-375-5656 to register. Please indicate which session you would like to attend.
The State of Youth Homelessness
Wednesday, November 7
Pathfinders is organizing this informative discussion on why youth homelessness is so invisible, what the risk factors are that make them vulnerable and what Pathfinders is doing to serve youth. 

This panel discussion will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Cost is $15; includes breakfast. Learn more and purchase your ticket at this link.
Black Men Don’t Jump
Thursday, November 8
Join this MIRACLE Mental Health community discussion to learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression in men of color. Presented by Ramel “Kweku Akyirefi” Smith, licensed psychologist, professor, author, and community activist, this event is free and open to the community and will include refreshments.

It will be held on Thursday, November 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at MATC Downtown Campus, M Building 616. Sponsored by Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, MATC-Men of Color, and the City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention
Community Engagement Symposium
Deepening Partnerships in Pursuit of Social Justice
Tuesday, November 13
Marquette University’s Community Engagement Symposium provides community organizations, faculty, staff and students the chance to engage in bidirectional research and learning opportunities and strengthen partnerships. The keynote speaker is Howard Fuller, Founder and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette. The symposium includes breakout sessions, a poster display, awards, and a networking reception. Find details and register at this link.
Hopkins Lloyd Community School Homework Diners
November 14 & 28 & 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. They will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on November 14 and 28 and 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.
Housing Resource Fair
Saturday, November 17
Milwaukee Common Council members Milele Coggs and Russell Stamper and Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation are organizing this resource fair at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., Milwaukee, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Research & Resources
Frequently Asked Questions about Voting
From Disability Rights Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition: Check out this document, which includes some of the basic questions and answers about voting in Wisconsin, as well as information about disability-related accommodations and voting rights. 

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, November 6th!

Polls in Wisconsin are open from 7am to 8pm. To find your polling place or preview your ballot, go to
Bureau of Youth Services October 2018 Newsletter
From the state Department of Children and Families Bureau of Youth Services: The newsletter contains updates about grants, the 5 for Families campaign, and a link to its latest Youth Justice Issue Brief, which focuses on family engagement.
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