Welcome to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) E-Newsletter Update. In this issue:
- Deputy Director Michael Botticelli participates in Drug-Free Communities roundtable and LGBT youth outreach in New York
- The White House honors "Champions of Change" who help children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers
- Director Kerlikowske Testifies Before Congress on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
- "Above the Influence" youth campaign launches video challenge
- JAMA comments on White House's new drug control policy
Resources and information available from ONDCP partners:
- CMS hosts second round of Health Care Innovation Awards
- SAMHSA calls for nominations to its Service to Science Initiative
- Save the date: Preventing Underage Drinking Series
- Deadline for "Pass It Forward" video challenge extended to June 21
For more information on efforts to reduce substance abuse and its consequences, visit the ONDCP website.
Deputy Director Participates in Drug-Free Communities and LGBT Youth Outreach
On June 5, Deputy Director Michael Botticelli joined a community roundtable led by the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) coalition in Wyandanch, Long Island. Community business, government, law enforcement, education, and faith leaders came together to discuss innovative youth employment programs over the summer.
Also that day, Deputy Director Botticelli visited the Hetrick-Martin Institute in Manhattan to learn about their outreach to the LGBT youth community in the region, including substance abuse screening and treatment services. He joined a spirited roundtable discussion with students of the Institute's Harvey Milk High School, who shared their views on substance use, drug policy, peer influences, and issues specific to LGBT young people.
Learn more about Hetrick-Martin here.
White House Honors 'Champions of Change'
On June 12, the White House honored twelve Champions of Change who help children of incarcerated parents and their caregivers every day. The work of these Champions complements the efforts of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, an interagency group that seeks to reduce barriers to jobs, housing, and education, with an emphasis on the needs of veterans and women who reenter society after involvement with the criminal justice system. The Council's work includes:
- Training and collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections;
- Employment and legal aid grants from the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice;
- A focus on veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) new pilot, Veterans Reentry Search Service; and
- Employment and support services for justice-involved women.
Click here to learn more about the Reentry Council.
Learn more about the Champions of Change event and the toolkit released by Sesame Street for caregivers of children who experience the incarceration of a loved one here.
Director Kerlikowske Testifies Before Congress on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
On June 14, ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health, of the U.S. House of Representatives at a hearing entitled, "Examining the Federal Government's Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis." At the hearing, the Director discussed progress made under the Administration's prescription drug abuse prevention plan to ensure a coordinated response by Federal, state, local, and tribal partners to reduce diversion and abuse of prescription drugs while also ensuring legitimate access. Colleagues from the Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also discussed their efforts to address this epidemic.
View the hearing and Director Kerlikowske's testimony here.
'Above the Influence' Launches National Video Challenge
ONDCP's "Above the Influence" (ATI) youth campaign has launched a national challenge that calls on teens to share their ideas for the next ATI commercial. The "Made by Me" challenge allows teens to submit 60-second video entries that capture their commercial ideas. Teens maysubmit entries through July 10, 2013 to the challenge Facebook page. Video submissions will be posted for all teens across the country to vote on their favorite commercial idea. The winning commercial will be produced and will premiere on National "Above the Influence" Day, October 17, 2013.
For more information, check out the "Made by Me" webpage.
JAMA Discusses White House's New Drug Control Policy
On June 5, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published Addiction: White House Seeks 'Third Way,' Policy Emphasizes Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, an article that examines the Obama Administration's new "third way" drug control policy. The policy takes an evidence-based approach to address substance use disorders. It outlines early preventive efforts, places an emphasis on recovery, and bolsters efforts to reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders. "Third way" reflects a change in U.S. policy from old approaches that emphasized incarceration for many drug-related crimes to new efforts that focus on treatment and recovery.
From Our Partners
CMS Hosts Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two Webinar
On June 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center held the Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two webinar for potential applicants interested in proposing innovative service and delivery payment models. The webinar focused on reducing Medicare, Medicaid, and/or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) costs in out-patient or post-acute settings, and improving care for populations with special needs. The series follows CMS' announcement of a $1 billion initiative to test new payment and service delivery models that will provide better care and lower costs to enrollees. These awards promote the goals of the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, recognizing substance abuse as a major public health concern.
Application Due Date: August 15, 2013
For more information: Visit the Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two webpage
SAMHSA Calls for Nominations to Service to Science Initiative
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces a Call for Nominations to its Service to Science Initiative. Service to Science is a national initiative dedicated to enhancing the evaluation capacity of innovative programs and practices that aim to prevent substance abuse and related mental and behavioral health problems or the underlying factors associated with increased risk. Implemented by SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, Service to Science assists local program developers, implementers, and evaluators in applying more rigorous evaluation methodologies to their work. The initiative supports state prevention efforts by increasing the number of local programs that meet evidence-based standards.
To participate in Service to Science, programs must be nominated by their Single State Agency (SSA) or National Prevention Network (NPN) representative and must focus on substance abuse prevention.
SAVE THE DATE: Preventing Underage Drinking Series
The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking will continue its webinar series on June 26 to provide an overview of recent findings on underage and binge drinking. Hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a panel of national experts will examine state alcohol policies, regulations, and new Community Prevention Services Task Force recommendations for addressing the issue of excess alcohol use. Experts will present case studies and outline the role of public health in prevention in order to develop strategies and implement best-practices.
Event Title: The Role of Public Health in Preventing Underage Drinking and Excessive Drinking by Adults
Date: June 26, 2013
Time: 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
Watch the webcast broadcast on April 17thhere.
Deadline for the 'Pass It Forward' Video Challenge Extended
Launched by the National Council on Patient Information and Education and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the "Pass It Forward" video challenge invites young people ages 18 to 25 to create a two-minute online video that uses social media to creatively promote the use of available prevention and recovery resources. The videos should respond to the question:
- What creative strategies can help ensure that these tools land in, and are used by, college campuses (including healthcare professional students) and communities across the country?
The deadline for video submission has been extended to June 21, 2013. Winning entries will be announced in July.
To learn how to get involved, click here.
For more information, please visit the ONDCP website and sign up for additional opportunities.
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