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March 2023

Tool for Planning

nat_child_prevention.jpgApril is coming it brings the National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Just Launched! Take a look at how focus is moving from the challenge to the change this year on the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website. Check out new prevention resources in English and Spanish that will help you support families. Visit today and learn more about this year's theme: Doing Things Differently: Moving from the Challenge to the Change.

 Check out: Just Launched! Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month Website (

February 2023

Safety for Our Children

CAP_Month_Packet_2023_RED_Page_06.jpgDo you know if you are required to report suspected child abuse? Do you know the process? Do you know the policy of your employment? In preparing for the Child Abuse Prevention Month of April, learn the answers to the questions. Review the attached guide for DCFS reporting. be a child safety advocate.

Find out more information at:  D:/CAP%20Month%20Packet%202023_RED.pdf     

Plan for Our Children

child-3871837_1920.jpgChild Abuse Prevention Month is in April. In order to prepare and support the the millions of Americans who have participated in past events, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has available a tool kit for planning the month's events. Below is the introduction from the Illinois Director.
Dear Friends,
Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. 
Since that time, millions of Americans have participated in this vitally important public awareness campaign. 
Individuals, organizations, and communities across the country plant pinwheels, tie ribbons, organize trainings, 
host fundraisers, hold family events, fill social media, and support a multitude of other activities celebrating 
childhood and raising awareness that all children deserve to grow up in happy, healthy environments.
This year’s theme Building Together: Prevention in Partnership calls us to action to support each other and focus 
on the positive environment we all need to survive and thrive. 
We hope this resource packet is helpful and we encourage you to go to our website for additional information. 
Whether you use the tools in this packet in their entirety, in part, or simply for inspiration, we at Prevent Child 
Abuse Illinois are here to help. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
Denise McCaffrey, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois
Check out: CAP Month Packet 2023_RED.pdf

Black History Month

black-history-month-poster-design-template-.jpgFebruary marks Black History Month and was officially recognized in 1976 as part of the nation's bicentennial celebrations. The goal is to honor the contributions that African Americans have made and to recognize their sacrifices. Support your communities. Learn more about Black History Month and the events and activities to celebrate. 

To learn more visit: Black History Month: Why we celebrate it in February : NPR

February 2023


January 2023

COA Awareness Week


What the Trauma of COAs has Taught us about Resilience: How Caring Adults Can Help! Wednesday, February 15th at 1:30 pm ET

NACoA Co-Founder Patricia A. O’Gorman, PhD will describe the trauma experienced by children who live with the disease of addiction in their household, and what caring adults can do to help them heal by recognizing not only their pain but also what is ‘right’ with them, their resiliency. Register:


Are you a family leader with lived experience as a primary caregiver of a child, youth, or young adult with mental health or substance use need? Are you working in a role that fosters and supports family engagement in agency practice and policy decisions? Are you interested in connecting with other family leaders working in similar roles to expand and enhance your skills and knowledge? The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) offers a peer networking group to share experiences, innovative and effective practices, skills and knowledge, solution to barriers and challenges, and key information supporting your role as family leaders. The Family Exchange is Monthly Peer Networking Group for Family Leaders Who Foster and Support Family Engagement. The group is facilitated by experienced family leaders from the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) who foster peer connections; provide access to resources and technical assistance; and support participants to further family engagement within their agency, community, or state.

January Topic: Family Voice in the Ever-Changing Environment; Next Session: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at CT 2:00 – 3:30

Join the next session of our networking group for family leaders | January Topic: Family Voice (

January 2023

COA Awareness Week

10073084935682647879.jpgKids and teens can heal from the impact of parental addiction with proper support. It is critical to bring hope and healing to children now! For the information of how you can be a part of the February 12 – 18, 2023 COA (Child of Addiction) awareness week Check out: Support our children in safe and loving care.

January 2023

Prevention Day

spd_banner.jpgSAMHSA’s Prevention Day is happening Monday, January 30, 2023, in conjunction with CADCA National Leadership Forum. The event will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Whether you are a prevention practitioner, community leader, researcher, scientist, consumer, or an advocate, this interactive forum has something for everyone. Whether you are a prevention practitioner, community leader, researcher, scientist, consumer, or an advocate, this interactive forum has something for everyone.  

Here are five reasons you’ll definitely want to make the trip to attend SAMHSA’s Prevention Day!

  • Learn what’s new and innovative in substance misuse prevention and mental health with workshop tracks on youth-led prevention efforts; prevention across the lifespan; prevention efforts across the continuum of care; diversity, equity, and inclusion within prevention; prevention workforce; and prevention innovations.
  • Connect with your peers from across the country and feel the energy and camaraderie of being with like-minded professionals.
  • Get exclusive access to the Prevention Action Center, an interactive learning hub with exhibits and resources on the latest trends, activities, technology and games, as well as opportunities to meet SAMHSA representatives.
  • Hear it here first hand get the rundown on events and opportunities that are being planned for the remainder of the year, including 2023 National Prevention Week and a very special announcement!
  • Invest in your professional development and leave inspired.

Check out the information at: Prevention Day | CADCA or Contact for Prevention Day questions: [Please enable javascript.]" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-extlink="">[Please enable javascript.]

December 2022

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November 2022

National Native American Heritage Month

native_hertitiage.pngNovember is federally recognized as National Native American Heritage Month (NNAHM). During this month, American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are honored and celebrated for their rich and varied cultures, traditions, history, and societal contributions. NNAHM gives us an opportunity to become more educated about Native Americans, increase our knowledge of unique challenges faced by this population, and better understand how historical trauma—such as colonization and genocide—has impacted Native peoples. Visit the SAMHSA website to learn more about ways to learn, support and celebrate this heritage held by many of our country’s communities.

Visit: Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month | SAMHSA.

November 2022

Plan Ahead

ndafw.jpgThe National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have officially opened registration for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) 2023. For this year's observance, NIDA has a fresh, new logo! NDAFW is an annual, week-long health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. If you’re ready to join event planners from across the country in participating in NDAFW 2023, register today and begin planning for March 20‒26, 2023!

Register Your NDAFW Event | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (


November 2022

Upcoming Webinar 


November 2022

Annual Illinois Conference on Problem Gambling:

gambling.jpgPlease join Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (ICPG) for the 12th Annual Illinois Conference on Problem Gambling! A variety of topics from the rise in internet gambling to programs and services offered will be presented at this year’s conference. You don’t won’t want to miss this!

WHEN: November 10th, 2022 11:00am-4:15pm

CST Registration is free.

CEs available through IAODAPCA.

Sign-up now by visiting Illinois Conference on Problem Gambling!

October 2022

Here Come the Holidays: WhaHome_for_the_Holidays-IFRC_Nov_14_2022.jpgt Do You Do?

What are your holiday memories? How does your family celebrate? Join the Illinois Family Resource Center (IFRC) as we enter the winter holiday season and explore the variety of traditions and associated rituals that have special meaning for our families and communities. These events, no matter how small, identify how we link and bond as a “family.” However, the plans often include the use of alcoholic beverages and/or other drugs and for many, this is not a healthy or meaningful time. This is especially true as many families and communities have experienced an increase in substance use disorder and violence over the last year. Nancy J. Phillips, coordinator of IFRC, invites you to join her in revisiting the value of tradition and explore ways to build healthy memories all year long for your family and community. CEU’S available.


October 2022

Learn how to protect our communities and support our children. Attend the Drug Endangered Child webinar and help your community and families. This collaborative approach helps build an alliance of communities using the evidence based programming for protecting our children whose environment if stressful and often dangerous. Be the light for these young people. 


October 2022

Youth Substance Use Prevention Month

football-match-gaafaa8ded_1920.jpgIn October, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is observing Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. Studies show that the earlier in life a young person starts using alcohol or other drugs, the greater their lifetime risk is for misuse or addiction. In 2021, more than 100,000 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose.

According to SAMHSA’s 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • 2 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 drank alcohol in the past month,
  • 8 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 used illicit drugs in the past year.

For prevention to be effective, we need to focus on what works. A Guide to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (PDF) offers five steps and two guiding principles to put comprehensive solutions in place. For example, prevention works best when it:

  • Addresses risk factors and protective factors.
  • Operates at the individual, relationship, community, and society levels.
  • Addresses social determinants of health.
  • Is tailored to the unique needs of individuals and communities.
  • Is culturally competent.

For every dollar we spend today on effective school-based prevention programs, we save $18 in the future by avoiding potential medical costs and boosting productivity on the job. Prevention programs also make young people less likely to one day have children who use substances, highlighting the far-reaching value these efforts have across generations.

August 2022

Recovery Month

recmo-banner.pngSeptember is Recovery Month. Help us celebrate! The Recovery Month observance serves as a reminder that when we empower communities and families, we are engaging in healing that extends beyond the individual. “Recovery is for Everyone” means we are proud of our diversity, and we are committed to sharing our personal accomplishments and struggles, reaching across barriers to support one another, and actively dismantling systems that harm our recovery neighbors. The Recovery Month observance and theme, “Recovery is for Everyone” works to inspire people across the country to transform the “I” into “we” and build bridges between families, communities, and groups. We celebrate our diversity and seek to develop deeper understanding, caring, and connection that nurtures recovery.

Learn how to participate by visiting: 2022_Recovery-Month-toolkit.pdf

August 2022

041621_NCMW_Email_Banner.pngJoin Relias and the National Council for an intermediate-level webinar, Saving Our Children: Current Considerations for Preventing Suicide in Children and Adolescents on September 6 at 2 p.m. ET. as we discuss what cultural and COVID-19-related considerations need to be made to provide the best care for children and adolescents.

Saving Our Children: Current Considerations for Preventing Suicide in Children and Adolescents

Description: In 2020, suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between 10 and 14 years old, and the third leading cause of death for individuals 15-24 years old (CDC, 2020). Rates of suicide among children and adolescents continue to increase, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues, making it essential for behavioral health clinicians and other professionals working with this population to stay abreast of information and resources related to suicide among young people.

After providing a foundation for the problem, this webinar will discuss what cultural and COVID considerations need to be made in order to provide the best care for children and adolescents; explore the role of parents, guardians, and other caregivers in suicide prevention, and talk through next steps and tools to effectively screen for suicide in this population.

This is an intermediate-level webinar and as such we will not be discussing basic information in the prevention and intervention of suicide (general risk factors, assessment, etc.).

Learning Objectives:
• Describe the problem of suicidality in children and adolescents, including who is at highest risk
• Identify cultural and COVID considerations when working with suicidal children and adolescents
• Discuss the role of caregivers in suicide prevention
• Understand common suicide screening options available

Time: Sep 6, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

July 2022

988-photography-4.pngRemember the 988-dialing code. On July 16, 2022, the U.S. will transition to using the 988-dialing code. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline. The 988-dialing code is a first step toward transforming crisis care in our country. It ensures no matter where your clients live, they can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help. Know the resources for your community to enhance the services offered. Access to help and support is especially important all hours of the day.   

To learn more visit: 988 Partner Toolkit | SAMHSA.


June 2022

Time to Plan National Recovery Month 2022

recmo-banner.pngNational Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

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May 2022

fentanyl.jpgMay 10, 2022 is a day for raising public awareness about the growing fentanyl public health crisis. People are dying at alarming rates due to illegally made fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid. Get the facts and share them widely. 


March 2022


March 2022


ndafw-logo.jpgPlease join NIDA for the 2022 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) observance, to be held March 21-27, 2022. For NDAFW 2022, shine a light on the unique stories of individuals and efforts in communities to prevent drug use and promote mental health. This year, NIDA is excited to offer event planners resources and activities that promote conversations around drugs and alcohol, skill-building, and expressing personal motivations for adopting healthy behaviors for the mind and body.

Visit Get Activity Ideas | NIDA for Teens ( to get involved.

March 2022

Gambling Awareness Month

NPGAM_logo_V_CMYK_arrow1.jpgMarch is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). It is a grassroots campaign designed to help raise awareness for the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. Nationwide groups across America hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor trainings, host health screening days, run social media campaigns and many other activities to increase public awareness. The 2022 PGAM theme is “Awareness + Action.” To learn more visit March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month - National Council on Problem GamblingNational Council on Problem Gambling (

February 2022

Celebrating Families 

0to3supplement.jpgThe Illinois Family Resource Center is seeking 2 – 4 teams to participate in a pilot event for a Celebrating Families training to be held virtually in May 2022. Celebrating Families!™ is a successful, evidence-based 16 week curriculum that addresses the needs of children and parents in families that have serious problems with substance use disorder. The curriculum engages every member of the family, ages zero through adult, to foster the development of health and substance-free individuals.

 Celebrating Families!™ is based on recent research about brain chemistry, including skills, education, risk and resiliency factors, and asset development. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of community service and individual spirituality. Celebrating Families!™:

The training will be conducted by the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA). There is no fee for attending and the curriculum will be provided. Teams should consist of 5 persons that can share the facilitation roles depending on the need for delivery. This is an opportunity for providers, human service workers, faith members, ROSC groups and other interested community members to team together to provide an evidence-based, impactful and FUN program to support families on a recovery journey. The training consists of self-study preparation and 15 hours of virtual training. The training will be split on five days in May 2022 and participants must attend to be certified in the curriculum.

CEU’s applied for. For more information contact:

Nancy Phillips, M.S.Ed. – PSY, CAADC, CFPP: [Please enable javascript.]217-649-8812 (cell)

February 2022 

Finding Your Protective Factors

 Sponsored by Illinois Family Resource Center and East Central Protective ROSC

The world in which we are living has changed over the last couple of years. As our families and communities move through our current changing environment, a “new normal” has been created. It appears that these changes in our lifestyle and our ability to return to our past environment is having an impact on substance use and mental health issues in our communities. Join us to explore the risk and protective factor research and share strategies to move family and community issues toward resiliency, thus building stronger communities with a commitment to healthy recovery environments.

To learn more, join Nancy J. Phillips, M.S.–PSY, CAADC, CFPP, coordinator of the Illinois Family Resource Center (IFRC) for an hour of exploring the issues related to family and substance use disorders and learn more about what the IFRC has to offer. Phillips has been active in the substance use disorder field for over thirty-five years working in both prevention and treatment services and was honored as Professional of the Year in 2018 by the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. During her years in the SUD field, she has developed and trained human service providers throughout the United States.

Approved 1-hour CEU Illinois Certification Board, Inc. LPC/LCPC CEU hour has been applied for. While you are welcome to attend both training events, CEUs will only be awarded for attending one event.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Feb 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register contact Nancy Phillips at: [Please enable javascript.].