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Prevention & Early Intervention


The Alaska Community Foundation is seeking applications for the Teen Suicide Prevention Grant Program for projects that will directly enhance community based efforts to prevent teen suicide. Applications are accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit or equivalent organizations located in the state of Alaska. Deadline: February 15, 2015 by 9 p.m. For questions, please contact Program Officer Emily Bass at or call 907-274-6705.


The revamped Alaska CARELINE site has launched. . The site is packed with useful info and links to deeper resources. Click on the link and take a look!

The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training (RADACT) program is pleased to announce the 41st Annual School on Addictions and Behavioral Health: “Crime and Addiction: Seeking a Shared Solution.” to be held on May 4-6, 2015 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel to explore the connection between the Department of Corrections and the field of addictions and behavioral health.
Here is the link to the website for more information regarding the upcoming Annual School on Addictions.


Family Voice FASD Forum in Juneau, February 2-6, 2015. This forum invites Alaskans (18 years and older) who experience a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or family members of a person with an FASD, who may also have experience with Alaska’s behavioral health system (such as foster care, substance abuse and/or mental health treatment, residential psychiatric treatment, juvenile justice (DJJ), Office of Children’s Services (OCS), homeless services, etc.) – to offer their perspectives to legislators and other policy-makers on issues that affect them. Click HERE for application. Submission deadline is December 12th. If selected through our application process, travel, hotel, and food—paid for by funding from the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.


Prevention News

America’s Health Rankings 2014, United Health Foundation report.

Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, Mental Health America report.

Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence, November 2014 report.

State of Alaska Epidemiologic Profile on Substance Use, Abuse & Dependency: Consumption & Consequences

Update 2013. The Epidemiology Workgroup of the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant has just released the Update 2013 of their comprehensive review of substance use data for the State of Alaska.  To obtain a copy click here. 


Talk they hear you logoNew media campaign to help parents talk to younger children about the dangers of underage drinking. “Talk. They Hear You.” a new national public service announcement (PSA) campaign that empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking was recently launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  For copies of all the campaign materials go to:


""Alaska’s Strategies to Prevent Underage   Drinking is an update of the 2009 publication  on preventing underage drinking.  These  recommendations are an overview of what  existing literature describes as being effective.  The specific actions are items the committee believes are possible to implement in the next three years.  Increasing the use of these recommendations and specific actions will help to build a stronger foundation in the statewide effort to prevent underage drinking.

Upcoming Training & Conferences

32nd Annual Health Summit: “Healthy Alaskans:  Every Day, Every Community.”  January 27-29, 2015.  Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 25th National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA’s 1th Prevention Day.  February 2-5, 2015 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, outside of DC.  This year’s theme—Mission: Possible Agents of Change.  For more information go to

The Alaska Youth Policy Summit will be happening in Juneau, February 15-18, 2015. Please read below to learn about the summit. Click HERE for application.  The deadline for applying is Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5pm.

The Alaska Youth Policy Summit invites youth ages 18-24 years who live in Alaska and have had direct experience with Alaska’s social services system. The 2015 Alaska Youth Policy Summit happens Sunday-Wednesday, February 15-18 in Juneau. Scolarships include travel, hotel, and food paid for by a grant through the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Youth will be notified by December 20th and, if selected, will need to accept by December 31st.