As I was reviewing this past month and thinking about coalition work in Idaho, an old Sunday school song kept running through my mind. Its words go something like this: “I may not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” While we envision a future for Idaho free of youth substance abuse, it’s also important to celebrate our past and current successes.
The mission of CCI is to support community coalitions’ efforts to prevent substance abuse in Idaho. Working collaboratively, CCI targeted marijuana use and prescription drug abuse throughout Idaho specifically these past three years with the support of the Idaho Office of Drug Policy SPF SIG Grant.
This effort was successfully evidenced by regularly scheduled meetings held by phone or in-person. General membership meetings took place quarterly while executive board meetings occurred monthly over the life of the current SPF SIG grant. CCI developed partnerships within all seven regions of the state with a total of 25 plus organizations and community coalitions.
CCI’s mission of support to Idaho community coalitions and organizations was addressed through the provision of workshops and conferences for members, scholarships for travel to workshops and conferences, as well as providing resources, frequent (monthly) updates, and dissemination of legislative information important to the membership. From June 2015 to June 2018, efforts for the legalization of marijuana and marijuana products in Idaho were unsuccessful, in part by collaboration between ODP, CCI and community partners through providing targeted education to legislators.
Data from Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2015 and 2017 for Idaho (CDC 2016/2018) indicate the percentage of youth who currently use marijuana dropped from 17% to 16.2% and the percentage of youth who took Rx drug without a prescription dropped from 16.8% to 13.9%.
Data from Idaho Healthy Youth Survey 2017 (Idaho Office of Drug Policy) based on youth in grades 8, 10, and 12 show that students who used marijuana one or more times ever dropped from 29.7% to 22.6%.
Reviewing the local conditions for marijuana and RX perception of harm, ease of access and the debate on legalization, these local conditions have been addressed through the strategic action plans of CCI and prevention advocates from across the state who meet together to share ideas, seek education, create friendships, and share best practices.
Efforts are enhanced through conferences, social media, and ODP programs including “Be the Parent”. Partnerships with local law enforcement, Beverage Control, Escape the Vape, iDFY, and others increases the dissemination of information and collaboration.
Social media, telephone conferences and legislative updates keep the coalitions and partners involved and active in between face-to-face meetings where new ideas are generated and hands-on education is provided.
CCI has a record of success. YOU are CCI. Your collaboration, input, funding and support have made a difference in the state of Idaho. While we may not know what the future holds, we know we have impacted it in a positive way. Thank you for all that you do.
-Debi Dockins, CCI Executive Director
Pictured right to left: Rose Cheff, Kavi Branham, Lisa Davis, Tammy Rubino, Erika McCall, Sylvia Ryan, Penny Jones, Debi Dockins
A Message from CCI's Incoming EB Chair, Rose Cheff
Every time I open up a newspaper or read news online I am reading statistics about addiction. The statistics are terrifying. Headlines like, "One in five Americans know someone who has been addicted to opioids." Out of Denver regarding the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, "Five years later, we remain an embarrassing cautionary tale. The disappointing statistics range from increased drug use in K-12 schools, area homelessness topping the most growth in the country, and fatal drug-related automobile accidents skyrocketing in number."
We are working in scary times, making it ever more imperative as prevention coalitions to maintain our focus and sustainability while worrying about future funding. We are Idahoans, though, and when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Together we can continue to make a difference in our great state.
That is why now more than ever we need strong, committed and community-oriented drug prevention coalitions in our state. The Community Coalitions of Idaho is an awesome organization that has enjoyed superb leadership since its inception. Without CCI, many of us starting out in prevention work would have been lost. CCI helps all of us work together and support each other during good times and bad. Like my predecessors, I am committed to supporting CCI and its goal to support community coalitions' efforts to Prevent Substance Abuse in Idaho.
-Rose Cheff, CCI Executive Board Chair, and Coalition Director of Custer County Coalition
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It was an idea that one person shared with another person. And then another. And back in 2009 when these people came together, CCI was created. A group of prevention visionaries saw the need to have a statewide collaboration of like-minded individuals who wanted to keep Idaho kids safe. Their idea was to bring large and small, urban and rural communities together to share ideas, bolster strengths, share information and create resources with a common goal of supporting healthy communities. They created a model that partnered with local, state and national organizations to address issues in Idaho with a united voice.
CCI is a champion for coalitions in Idaho. Creating connections, providing education, and supporting the work of like-minded organizations, CCI has helped develop a state level framework for community coalitions and increased stakeholder involvement of prevention coalitions.
Why did those people come together ten years ago to create CCI? To keep our kids and our communities safe and free from alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. To grow healthy communities. To grow healthy kids. To grow healthy families.
Our data says that what we are doing as coalitions and through state-wide efforts is having an impact. Kids are aware. They are smart and they are listening. Our job is to continue to find ways to support them, educate them, and help create healthy lifestyles for all Idahoans.
CCI continues to evolve, seek new ideas and funding, and work alongside all of you who work tirelessly in your communities. Please welcome these new leaders for 2018-2019:
CCI Chair: Rose Cheff, Region 7, Custer County Coalition, Challis CCI Vice Chair: Lisa Davis, Region 2, Latah County Youth Advocacy Council, Moscow CCI Secretary: Sylvia Ryan, Region 3, Youth Advocacy Council, McCall CCI Treasurer: Tammy Rubino, Region 1, Coeur D’ Alene Region 1 Representative: Erika McCall, 7B Drug Free, Sandpoint Region 2 Representative: Susan Broncheau, Kamiah Region 3 Representative: Penny Jones, Penny's Prevention Services, Owyhee County Region 4 Representative:Kendall Nagy, Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition, Meridian Region 7 Representative: Sharon Infanger, Salmon Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Advocacy Chair:Darin Burrell, Fremont County Resource and Coalition Efforts (RACE), Fremont County Immediate Past Chair: Kavi Branham, Madison County Community Coalition, Rexburg
These individuals have offered to do even more as they continue working hard in their communities and helping move CCI into the future.
2018 North West Alcohol Conference
What: "At the Northwest Alcohol (& Substance Abuse) Conference, many type of individuals come together to collaborate, learn, network, and share ideas on drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Attendees include: police officers, juvenile probation officers, educators, government leaders, prevention specialists, coalition leaders, and many others. The Northwest Alcohol Conference considers itself one-of- a-kind, with the focus on collaboration rather than one type of audience."
SAMSHA is providing a free self-paced Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention Course.
A reminder from IODP: "This is one of two required courses for the Provisional Prevention Specialist credential (PPS). Beginning July 1, 2018 at least one staff member in each new agency or organization receiving grant funding from ODP that is delivering direct services or coalition activities will need to hold the PPS credential. New grantees will have 120 days after receiving a NOA of Substance Abuse Block Grant funds from ODP to complete this course, however it is not clear when the next free offering may be scheduled."
*Click the button below to register before June 8th.
This issue of The Marijuana Report addresses various trending topics surrounding marijuana including; Marijuana industry and babies, deaths from synthetic cannabinoid oil, and much more.Take a look by following the link below!
CADCA's 17th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute will be held July 15-19, 2018, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Join over 2,000 community-based substance abuse prevention leaders at a five-day training event, focused on "Partnering for Prevention" and packed with innovative and engaging courses. Early Bird saves you $100 if you sign up before the June 11th deadline!
DEA Educational Foundation Youth Outreach Program
"Youth Can Fly!"
"The DEA Educational Foundation will be working with Verde® Technologies, Inc., the makers of the patented Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, in their youth outreach program, “DEA: Youth Can Fly!” Verde Technologies has agreed to sponsor five schools for the youth outreach program which brings together DEA personnel and students in a unique mentorship opportunity that allows discussion about the dangers of drug abuse and the importance of education. DEA mentors accompany the students on a day long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning experience at the Lone Star Flight Museum," Deterra website said.
Check out Washington State's new youth marijuana campaign! The '"You Can" campaign proceeds the "Listen 2 Your Selfie" campaign.
"The You Can campaign is brought to you by the Marijuana Prevention and Education Program within the Division of Prevention and Community Health at the Washington State Department of Health. The funding for this campaign comes directly from marijuana revenues as laid out in state Initiative 502 (I-502), now known as RCW 69.50.540."
ALERT: Naloxone Recall—Two Lots From Hospira Recalled Due to Particulate Matter
"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging Naloxone carriers to check their product against a national recall list. The maker of the drug, Hospira, has issued a voluntary recall of the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone due to the presence of loose particulate matter in the syringe plunger. Please inform the healthcare professionals in your network immediately. The FDA includes information on the specific product lot numbers affected by this recall," SAMHSA said.
All of the following are Idaho specific foundations who have listed substance abuse prevention or a related subject as their fields of interest. If you are interested in any of the following foundations, email email@example.com
Idaho Community Foundation
Online application form required
Board meeting date(s): Feb., May, Aug., and Nov
Deadline(s):Jan. 15 for northern region, Apr. 1 for eastern region, and July 1 for southwestern region
Final notification: May for northern region; Aug. for eastern region; Nov. for southwestern region
Just a reminder, CCI is participating in the Fred Meyer community rewards program again this year. Fred Meyer Rewards is a program that encourages giving donations for nonprofit organizations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer's Rewards Card. This year all you have to do is link your rewards card to CCI, it’s that easy!
For those who have a Fred Meyer Rewards card and link to CCI we greatly appreciate your support in our efforts across the state.
CCI is participating in AmazonSmile, this is an easy way for you to show your support of our organization. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
The CCI "News Watch" is where you can get updated, current and trending news in prevention and substance abuse in Idaho and nationwide. The news watch will also be available on the website and updated regularly!
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