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Best Starts for Kids is Hosting Community Conversations

Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities. They will be hosting a series of community conversations in regions of King County to provide updates on BSK, including information on upcoming RFPs. 
BSK staff will also be on hand at the county’s Community Service Areas Town Hall Meetings (April - June) to meet you and answer any questions you have about their program.

So look for them in your community! Or better yet, invite them to come visit you. If you would like a member of the Best Starts for Kids’ Team and/or a BSK Ambassador to present at your organization’s monthly meeting, please contact Kerry Wade ( or call 206-263-8653.

Check out their current road show calendar and Best Starts for Kids blog for more immediate updates.  

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Training Opportunities from King County Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program

Youth Engagement
Friday, May 12th, 2017, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Description: Youth motivational speaker Scott Backovich will lead a fun, action packed, skill building training to teach adults how to engage, captivate, and inspire youth into taking positive action in their own lives and in their local communities. Lunch is provided! We have space for up to 100 attendees, so please distribute this opportunity widely.
  • Registration: by May 5.
  • Location: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle

Navigating Marijuana Data In A World Of Alternative Facts
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Description: Through interactive sessions, you will learn how to find, analyze and use data. This training will help you plan and evaluate programs and develop competitive grant applications. Lunch is provided!
  • Registration: by June 7.
  • Location: Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island

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The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington

PSCBW is pleased to provide this Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (WA-SAPST) based upon a national curriculum developed by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and further developed by the PSCBW through a contract with the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (DBHR).

The main focus of the WA-SAPST is to train the participants in implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) within Washington State. The WA-SAPST also meets the training requirements for Community Prevention Wellness Initiative (CPWI) communities.

Date: May 2-5, 2017 in Yakima, WA

To Participate In This Training:
(1) Prerequisite Online Course: Interested individuals must successfully complete a 4-hour on-line basic prevention training (see below) then forward the certificate of completion via email to, and

(2) Register and Attend the In-Person Training: The PSCBW will provide notification whether space is still available to attend the in-person training and, if so, will provide information about how to register via the online registration system, Eventbrite ( The registration fee is $25.00 payable by credit/debit card. Other forms of payment by special arrangement.
You are strongly urged to complete the on-line basic prevention training course ASAP since space is limited in this training.
For more details, please see the PSCBW website at and flyer.

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National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Teen birth rates have declined dramatically over the past two plus decades and are at historic lows. In recognition of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) in May, please reflect on the progress the nation has made and the challenges that remain.

  • Since peaking in 1991, the U.S. teen birth rate has declined 64% and rates are down in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups.
  • Since the inception of the OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program in 2010, teen birth rates have declined 35%.
  • Despite historic progress, significant disparities remain. Teen birth rates are almost twice as high among Hispanic and non-Hispanic black teens as among non-Hispanic white teens. Teen birth rates remain about one-third higher in rural areas than in urban areas. Rates remain disproportionately high among vulnerable youth, including youth living in out-of-home care, LGBTQ youth, and parenting teens.

Learn more about National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

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Upcoming Trainings and Events:

"Ethics in Prevention: A Decision-making Process for Human Services Professionals"
Date: April 24, 2017
Olympia, WA
More information

Focus on the Future - Together
Date: April 24-27, 2017
Olympia, WA
More information

11th Annual Provider Conference
Date: May 4-5, 2017
Lynnwood, WA
More information

Saying It Out Loud Conference
Date: May 22, 2017
Tacoma, WA
More information

30th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders
Date: May 31 - June 2, 2017
Bellevue, WA
More information

More Trainings and Events:
ADAI Calendar of training events in Seattle and Washington

Job Opportunities: See ADAI Employment.

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Also of Interest:

Congressman to be Named Head of Office of National Drug Control Policy (Partnership News Service).

The Relationship between Substance Use and Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents (Medical News Bulletin).

Young Adults Struggle with Barriers to Addiction Treatment Access (Addiction Now).



      April 18, 2017

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