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February 2023

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

MyWhyNDAFWcopy.jpegNational Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is an annual health observance, connects youth with resources about drugs, alcohol, and related health topics. Get ready for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week -- March 20-26, 2023. There are endless activities that teens, parents, caregivers, teachers and ROSC Councils can do to strengthen the community. Some without even leaving the house.

For a list of favorites, visit: Get Activity Ideas | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (

January 2023

Get to Know NACoA

nacoa2.jpgWhen caring adults are safe and available for children impacted by the disease of addiction, they bring them help, hope, and ultimately healing. COA Awareness Week breaks the silence that engulfs and traps kids and teens living with parental addiction and offers the chance for children at risk to become children of promise. Join us throughout this week to help make a difference that can last a lifetime.

Visit: COA Awareness Week - Nacoa

December 2022

988 Partner Toolkit

mental-health-g71813fdf9_1920.jpgNow is the time to prepare your staff and communities to have a better understanding of the purpose of the new 988 resource number. Have your staff and contacts visit the SAMHSA 988 Partner Toolkit. SAMHSA recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. It encourages use of the 988 Partner Toolkit communication outreach materials and building upon them within community coalitions to meet the needs of specific audiences.

Check out: 988 Partner Toolkit | SAMHSA

December 2022

Celebrating Families 

nacoa.jpgExplore the information of NACoA. They provide programs to address the chaos of our children who live with substance issues in their life. The Illinois Family Resource Center is offering interested community teams an opportunity to participate in the NACoA training for their Celebrating Families curriculum.

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November 2022

Supporting Family Caregivers

FinalCoverImage.jpgThe 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones.

The strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE  Family Caregiving  Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. It will be updated in response to public comments and will evolve with the caregiving landscape. Take a look and comment when appropriate.

You will find the document at: 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers | ACL Administration for Community Living.

November 2022

Building Resilience & Finding Hope

depressed_teen.jpgIf you work with a population with a risk for suicide, take a look at the following information. According to Hazelden, one of the leading causes of death in the US is suicide and a major concern for everyone in the mental health community. Whether you work with individual clients  or provide group therapy, Hazelden Publishing’s new Suicide workbook and DVD are designed to help those who have attempted suicide or experienced ideation.

The Suicide workbook and DVD focus on:

  • Understanding the science behind mental health disorders
  • Relating mental health to different areas of life
  • Identifying healthy coping strategies
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Learning grounding and mindfulness techniques
  • Discovering healthy habits to enhance well-being
  • Developing assertive communication skills
  • Planning for ongoing support

Take a look at the new material: Hazelden Store: Suicide Collection

October 2022

Take Care of Yourself 

308632370_622536626082078_780588360400232364_.jpgBurnout is a complex issue resulting from chronic workplace stress that involves exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers a new guide to prevent and reduce burnout among behavioral health workers. If you or someone you care about works in the field visit: Help keep our health care workers strong and healthy.

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September 2022

Family-Based Intervention Lowers Long-Term Suicide Risk in Youth

nih-nida-logo.pngThe National Institute of Mental Health shared findings of a study related to the suicide rate of adolescents and the impact of a family-based intervention called Family Check-Up. Over the last 20 years, suicide rates have increased in the U.S. by 24%, with the largest increases occurring in females ages 10-14 and African American children aged 5-11. These statistics highlight the critical need for better ways to understand and prevent suicide in youth and adolescents. In a recent study supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers examined the impact of a family-based intervention on suicide risk in youth and found risk-reduction benefits up to 10 years later.

Genetic, neurobiological, cognitive, and social factors contribute to the risk of self-injurious thoughts or behaviors. Research also suggests that family-level factors play an important role in the development of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors during adolescence. Evidence shows that interventions focused on improving family processes, such as improving conflict resolution and encouraging supportive parenting strategies, can reduce long-term suicide risk in youth—even if the intervention does not specifically target suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

To find out more about the study outcomes of the researchers, visit: NIMH » Family-Based Intervention Lowers Long-Term Suicide Risk in Youth (

September 2022

SAMHSA Addresses Burnout

system-927147_1280.jpgBurnout is a complex issue resulting from chronic workplace stress that encompasses exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers a new guide that highlights organization-level interventions to prevent and reduce burnout among behavioral health workers. Help keep our health care workers strong and healthy.

Publication ID: PEP22-06-02-005  Publication Date: September 2022  

Publication title: Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce through Organizational Strategies

September 2022

Staff Retention

wellness.pngYou don't have a recruitment and retention problem. You have a wellbeing problem. Please join our no-cost, IDHS-funded learning collaborative especially designed for managers. The focus is to lead your team in wellbeing. The goal is to improve recruitment and increase retention. The events are led by clinicians, experts, and leaders. This community will meet for five sessions in the fall of 2022.

To learn more, visit: 2022 Learning Collaborative Application - Enterprise Survey Software | QuestionPro Survey

August 2022


smoking-64925_1920.jpgAre you still wondering what the rules are related to cannabis use in Illinois? As you work in your organization and community these issues may arise. Be informed. Learn the facts related to responsible choices and information regarding cannabis use.

Visit: Let’s Talk Cannabis Illinois | What’s Legal and What’s Not (

July 2022

Parental Addiction: Healing Families Together

Webinar_ParentalAddiction-p2-400x300.pngParental addiction affects the well-being of young children—children you may encounter in your work. You have the opportunity to support children and families affected by addiction, in big and small ways. Join us for a series of webinars to gain resources and strategies you can use right away. Each webinar in this series will highlight a unique provider perspective and offer tactics to address their specific needs.

In the second webinar of this series, child and family therapist, Jerry Moe, describes the benefits of healing together as a family. He explores resources from the Parental Addiction topic page and offers ways a therapist (or any provider) could use them in their own work with children and families.

To register for this Webinar, you’ll need to create an account to watch this webinar.

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June 2022

ndafw_logo-registered.jpgScience-based information for teens and teen intermediaries about the developing brain, drugs, and addiction will be relocating from the NIDA for Teens website ( on June 30, 2022. Resources and information for parents, educators, and young people—including lesson plans, conversation starters, educational games and videos, and information and resources for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®—can now be found at

March 2022

HIV/AIDS Curriculum 

aids.jpgNational Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is observed annually on April 10. NYHAAD increases awareness, generates conversations, and spotlights the work being done to reduce HIV among young people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has established an evidence-based approach schools can implement to help prevent HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancy among adolescents. Schools provide students with the opportunity to learn the importance of behaviors and skills needed to engage in a healthy lifestyle now and into adulthood. As providers and community groups, you can support your schools in their curriculum delivery for heathy living. Learn more about CDC’s school-based approach to HIV and STD prevention at Read additional info briefs in the Adolescent Health: What Works in Schools series at