ADAI eNews
April 6, 2017    

April is Alcohol Awareness Month 

Join NAADAC & NCADD in their efforts to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery during the month of April. Take this opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

Thursday, April 6, 2017, is National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD). This outreach, education, and screening initiative raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connects individuals who are at risk with treatment options.

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Implementation Guide to Aid in Successful Transition from Criminal Justice Settings

Transition planning can improve health and safety outcomes for individuals with behavioral health conditions who are leaving jails and prisons and moving back into the community. Research has shown that the overrepresentation of people with mental and substance use disorders in jails and prisons consistently produces poor outcomes for both the affected people and for correctional agencies. To help community leaders improve these outcomes, SAMHSA has released a new publication, Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide.

This guide provides 10 guidelines for behavioral health, justice, and community leaders. The guidelines provide action steps agencies can take to work across systems to design and implement evidence-based programming to promote recovery and help ensure successful reentry from jails and prisons. These guidelines are adaptable to a wide variety of communities and justice systems. The guide details successful examples of community programs.

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Also of Interest

Podcast: UW Addiction Expert Says Safe-Consumption Sites Can Ease King County Heroin Crisis (Seattle Times).

Heroin Epidemic Expands Its Grip on America (MedLine Plus).

Trump, Christie Pledge to Combat Nation’s Opioid Addiction (Washington Post).

Fentanyl Presents Law Enforcement with Complex Challenges (Partnership News Service).

Christie Appointed to Lead White House Commission to Combat Drug Addiction (Partnership News Service).


Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. 

Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue.

To end domestic violence and sexual assault, we all need to be part of the solution. Educating yourself and others, helping a friend who is being abused, speaking up about abuse, and acting as an engaged bystander are all examples of things we can do to help.

Talking about these issues openly will help end the shame and stigma that domestic violence and sexual assault survivors are burdened with. The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
  • 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.

Looking for the citations for these stats? Click here.

Additional Domestic Violence Resources:

College & High School Resources

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Trainings, Events & Webinars

Children's Justice Conference
Date: April 11-12, 2017
Bellevue, WA
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Focus on the Future - Together
Date: April 24-27, 2017
Olympia, WA
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11th Annual Provider Conference
Date: May 4-5, 2017
Lynnwood, WA
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More Trainings and Events:
ADAI Calendar of training events in Seattle and Washingto

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