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Mark your calendar to attend the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s 17th Annual Prevention Day!  

This exciting one-day event will convene on Monday, February 1, in conjunction with Forum. 

Providing an opportunity for communication and networking between prevention practitioners, community leaders, researchers and consumers in the behavioral health field, Prevention Day will feature SAMHSA’s leadership to inform on SAMHSA’s prevention priorities for the coming year. Other dynamic speakers will be featured to discuss evidence-based preventive interventions and findings from the latest developments in the areas of substance use and misuse prevention, treatment, recovery and mental illness. 

SAMHSA’s 2021 Prevention Day Agenda
Monday, February 1, 2021

9:45-9:55 am

Introduction of SAMHSA’s Prevention Day and Welcome

10-11 am  

Breakout Sessions - PART I

1. The Opioid Epidemic: Signs of Progress and the Way Forward

Presentation will underscore important indications of progress as suggested by NSDUH 2019 and SPARS metrics, such as significant improvement in rates of prescription pain reliever misuse for all age groups, while considering next steps to address the opioid epidemic, such as the 4.6% increase in opioid-related fatalities during 2019 and ongoing opioid-related challenges.

2. Changing Alcohol Landscape

Alcohol control systems, alcohol policy, alcohol beverage regulation; NIAAA Alcohol Policy Information System; State Performance and Best Practices, Report to Congress on the Prevention of Underage Drinking; What should communities be aware of re: changing alcohol regulations and its impact on prevention strategies and messaging?  

3. Methamphetamines Use Among Adults 26 or Older: Implications for Prevention

A significant increase has been reported in methamphetamines use in adults 26+ in Alaska, Hawaii, west/mid-west. The presentation addresses current trends in use and what they mean for current and future prevention efforts. 

4. Nexus of Substance Use and Suicide Prevention

NSDUH 2019 update; State and local perspectives; and launch of the new 988 national suicide number. 

5. New Mandatory Drug Testing Guidelines

Update will be provided on the status of mandatory guidelines regarding federal workplace drug testing using hair.   

6. Substance Use and Mental Health Among Elderly: Challenges and Opportunities for Prevention

The talk will reflect on drug use and misuse among elderly (e.g., misuse of benzodiazepines after hip surgeries) and feature SAMHSA’s programs supporting organizations that serve older adults and work on educating health care providers and communities on dangers of drug misuse in elderly. 

7. Culture as a Risk and a Protective Factor

The presentation will focus on preventing and coping with trauma, health promotion and multicultural training. 

11-11:15 am  Break
11:15 am-12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions - Part II

1. Storytelling with Data: Make National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Work for You

About NSDUH, what it is, how data are collected, how to access data, and how regions and states can use access and use NSDUH data to better understand and respond to substance use and abuse in their communities.  

2. Smoking as a Risk Factor for COVID-19 in Youth and Young Adults: Implications for Prevention Messaging

SAMHSA awarded a five-year grant to the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at UCSF to establish the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco- Free Recovery. An update will be provided, followed by a discussion about a recent article by Gaiha, Cheng, and Halpern-Felsher (2020) in the Journal of Adolescent Health which showed COVID-19 to be associated with youth use of e-cigarettes only and dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. The presentation looks at these updates and findings and draws implications for youth smoking prevention messaging.  

3. Polysubstance Use: Trends and Implications for Prevention 

The presentation reflects on findings from the 2019 NSDUH Report regarding alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamines use as relates to use of other substances and discusses implications and opportunities for current and future prevention work (e.g., merging public health around substance addiction in isolated, frontier communities).

4. Supporting Community Resiliency in an Environment of Separation and Uncertainty: Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) in a Pandemic

The priorities are to continue providing TTA through virtual applications that do not endanger communities and TTA providers. This session looks at what centers can do for communities they serve in general and how TTAC and Native Connections staff specifically worked with grantees to identify best ways to continue providing services tailored to end users’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network

Updates on what PTTC provided in 2020 and intro to new activities.  

6. COVID-19 and Prevention: Lessons Learned and Pandemic-Related Adaptations  / Sustainability of Prevention Efforts Moving Forward

Presentation could explore various pandemic-related challenges, while considering lessons learned/innovations from the field regarding successful strategies to navigate substance prevention amid the COVID-19 landscape. Briefly touch on innovations developed during COVID-19 that might be relevant and a good fit for the post-COVID community-level substance use and abuse prevention efforts. The talk will ask: What should remain?    

12:15-1 pm  Break
1-2:15 pm 

Mid-Day Plenary

2:15-2:30 pm  Break

2:30-3:30 pm  

Breakout Sessions - Part III

1. The State of Prevention in the U.S.

General overview of 2019 NSDUH results and implications for prevention, and what we know about prevention across the U.S. from the SPARS metrics, grants to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdoes-Related Deaths (PDO), and Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) grant program

2. Changing Marijuana Regulations: Implications for Community-level Prevention Strategies and Messaging.  

Presentation will summarize the current legislative landscape, highlight the latest marijuana use metrics from the 2019 NSDUH, including significantly increased use spanning adolescents and adults, and underscore what we know about concerning health impact of cannabis use. Additionally, prevention-related community work, successes, and lessons learned will be shared.

3. Prevention in Adults: Trends in Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders 

The talk will touch on the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in adults and possible strategies/approaches to prevention and promotion of adequate treatment. 

4. Preparing for Post-COVID Prevention: Looking at Post-Disaster Substance Use and Mental Health Trends

Lessons learned from Katrina, 9/11, and other disasters, that can help inform how we prepare for post-pandemic recovery. 

5. Addressing Mental and Substance Use Disorders During COVID-19: SAMHSA Crisis Response

How SAMHSA’s Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC), which helps states, territories, tribes, and local providers plan for and respond to behavioral health needs after a disaster, stepped up to provide time-sensitive resources during COVID-19. (SAMHSA supports several hotlines to help individuals and families in times of crisis and to provide guidance on preparedness before a crisis strikes. This presentation will feature Disaster Distress Helpline (provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural and human-caused disasters), National Helpline (also known as Treatment Referral Routing Service) and Veterans Crisis Line.

6. Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx): Lessons Learned from SPF-Rx Evaluation 

Lessons learned from SPF-Rx grantee implementation efforts. Discussion of possible applications to current community-based prevention programming.

3:30-3:45 pm  Break

3:45-4:45 pm

4:15-4:30 pm: Break

Breakout Sessions - Part IV

1. Best Practices in Community-Level Prevention Impact Reporting

The presentation discusses SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and the role of data quality and impact reporting in community-level prevention programming success. 

2. Transitioning to Tobacco 21: Lessons Learned from Early Adopter States

About and lessons learned from the Synar Program.

3. Current Trends in Substance Use During Pregnancy

Presentation will address trends in substance-exposed pregnancies (e.g., alcohol, marijuana, etc.), fetal and childhood impact of in utero maternal drug use, and findings in this area published in NSDUH 2019 report. 

4. Use of Technology in Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Novel applications of technology and mobile health used to address prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.

5. Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center (EBPRC): Introduction to New Resources

Talk will highlight new resources added to the EBPRC in 2020, such as the school-based resources, vaping guide, etc. 

6. Rural Opioid Technical Assistance (ROTA): Introduction to New SAMHSA Resources  

ROTA grantees facilitate the identification of model programs, develop and update materials related to the prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD), and ensure that high-quality training is provided. The presenter will highlight new resources recently developed/in-development by several ROTA state grantees.  

4:45-5 pm Closing Remarks



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Presentations for CADCA’s Leadership Forum Week

1. POWER SESSION: SAMHSA Leadership Roundtable

Combatting the opioid crisis (or substance misuse more generally) through expansion of prevention, treatment and recovery support services; genetic predictors for people in recovery and the critical role of prevention across the lifespan; and improving data collection, analysis, dissemination and program and policy evaluation.

2. Federally Coordinated Approach to Underage Drinking Prevention: Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act)

NSDUH and SAMHSA program update; NIAAA research update; and CDC research/program update.

3. Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services: Opportunities for National and Regional Collaborations

This session will focus on adult prevention through effective broad-based youth prevention strategies.

4. Prevention Strategies Following Marijuana Legalization

Discussion about what states that have legalized marijuana are finding effective in combating marijuana usage, especially in youth.

5. Addressing Substance Use in Military Families  

To include a look at both adults and military youth.

6. Prevention in the Context of Co-Occurrence of Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

NSDUH 2019 report indicates that co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders are common in adults 18-49 years old. The presentation identifies challenges in serving individuals with multiple disorders and highlights promising prevention community strategies/practices aimed at responding to co-occurring disorders.

7. Telehealth and Telemedicine: Challenges and Opportunities for Prevention in Times of Limited Direct Access to Substance Use and Mental Health Assistance

Access alone does not ensure usability.

8. Resources in the Area of Underage Drinking (UAD)

8.1.“Talk. They Hear You.”: National Media Campaign

This session will showcase new resources for use by communities (e.g., PSAs, print resources), highlight local implementation in various settings, and address how to reach parents in challenging times. 

8.2.“Communities Talk” Initiative: 2021 Rollout of Town Hall Meetings to Preventing Underage Drinking

In early 2021, CSAP will launch the eighth round of Communities Talk events. The initiative educates communities about underage and high-risk drinking and mobilizes them to take evidence-based actions at the local, state, and national levels. Since 2006, more than 11,000 SAMHSA-supported meetings have been conducted every two years by communities nationwide. In 2021, Communities Talk events will remain nimble to changing circumstances, with most of our events being held virtually. Additional community priorities, such as opioids and marijuana, might be addressed as well at these events.