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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
January/February 2009, Volume 17, Number 1 

Photo of CSAP Director Frances M. Harding addressing the crowd at the opening session of SAMHSA’s Community Prevention Day

Community Prevention Day

Powering up Partnerships for Healthy Communities

More than 1,000 people listened as Frances M. Harding, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), gave the keynote address at the Agency’s 5th Annual Community Prevention Day, sponsored by CSAP.

“Powering Up Partnerships for Healthy Communities,” was this year’s theme for Community Prevention Day.

The all-day event on February 9 at the National Harbor in Maryland, was held in conjunction with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 19th Annual National Leadership Forum.

Community Prevention Day included messages from SAMHSA’s Dr. Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., Acting Administrator; Dr. H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT); and A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Director of the Center for Mental Health Services.

This annual gathering provides a venue for participants to receive training and technical assistance specific to substance abuse prevention, as well as to network with other grantees and partners. Participants were invited to sign up for a variety of workshops to develop strategic organizational skills.

Breakout sessions led by CSAP and CADCA included the following:

  • Substance Abuse Among College Students: Current Research, Strategies and Collaborations
  • Building Resiliency with Media Literacy—Empowering Youth to More Critically Assess Substance Abuse Media Messages in Their Environment
  • Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF): Population Level Change
  • Effective Web Strategies to Reach Youth and Communities
  • Environmental Strategies: Policy and Systems Change
  • Addressing Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native Populations
  • Conducting an Analysis of Contribution: How to Demonstrate Your Contribution to Outcomes
  • Cutting-Edge Coalition Leadership
  • Small Changes Can Yield Big Results: Applying Evidence-Based Kernels for Big Community Change

In attendance at Community Prevention Day were CSAP grantees, National Prevention Partners, the National Prevention Network, CSAP’s Prevention Fellows, and the CSAP National Advisory Council.

For more information on Community Prevention Day and CADCA’s Leadership Forum, visit the event’s Web site.




  New Tools for the Field  
Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Drug-Free Workplaces: Cost-Effective Help

Fourteen new informational briefs can help employers address substance use problems.

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Helping People with Mental Illness Live in the Community

Build and strengthen an Assertive Community Treatment team using a new toolkit.

TIP 48: Managing Depressive Symptoms

Managing Depressive Symptoms

Depressive symptoms can interfere with your clients’ recovery and ability to participate in treatment.


  Special Populations  
Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Older Adults & Substance Abuse

Think drug abuse is just a problem among adolescents and college kids? Many adults age 50 and older report substance abuse.


  Suicide Prevention  
Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance Abuse & Suicide: Connection Explored

Substance abuse is a major risk factor for suicide. Experts weigh in on how to address the problem.

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

Lifeline Partners with YouTube

What do you do if you think someone on YouTube may be at risk for suicide?

Dr. Phil Promotes Lifeline on YouTube

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline took center stage when it was promoted as a resource on “Dr. Phil.”


  Recovery  
2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

2009’s Recovery Month Web Site Launched

Recovery Month celebrates its 20th year in September!


  Trends and Data  
Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth & Substance Abuse: 5-Year Changes

Youth show declines in cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use from 2002 to 2007.

Marijuana & Adolescents

Marijuana & Adolescents

There’s a connection between use of marijuana by young people and their perceptions of how risky that use may be.

Serious Psychological Distress

Serious Psychological Distress

In 2007, 24.3 million adults age 18 or older experienced past-year serious psychological distress.


  Also In This Issue  
Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Web 2.0 & Homelessness Resource Center

Tune in to the new monthly Webcast series and share your opinions about things you read.

Introducing Our Print Redesign

Introducing Our Print Redesign

SAMHSA News in print has a whole new look! Find out what we changed and why.



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