It’s National Red Ribbon Week! October 23rd- 31st, 2017

From National Family Partnership:

National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was established as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention. Nancy Reagan was an Honorary Chair of NFP. Since its founding thirty years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy. Our mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.

NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Please visit Red Ribbon Campaign to learn more about how you can take the pledge for a drug free America!

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Leadership Training Part Two Registration is Still Available!

We are hosting a leadership training for parents and caregivers of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, substance use, or mental health challenges. The purpose of this training is to enable parents to become leading advocates for themselves and other families with lived experiences. Individuals who attend this training are ready to learn about the benefits of using their own strengths and talents to help empower other families; ready to establish a Family Support Network in their community; interested in one-on-one parent matches; seeking volunteer opportunities, and willing to participate in conferences, workshops, and meetings. We provide on-going training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to empower you as you develop advocacy skills and prepare to serve on local, state, and national committees.

Criteria for Attendance:

1. Be a parent or primary caregiver* of a child with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and/or a substance use disorder.
2. Be willing and ready to provide support to other families with lived experience.
3. Be willing to promote mental health and family-driven care support.

*Primary caregiver (biological, adoptive, or foster parent or grandparent or other individual providing primary care to the child).

Click here to register online or here to download the registration packet!

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Study highlights unmet treatment needs among adults with mental health and substance use disorders

From NIH:

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Despite current treatment guidelines, fewer than 10 percent of adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders receive treatment for both disorders, and more than 50 percent do not receive treatment for either disorder. The findings highlight a large gap between the prevalence of co-occurring disorders and treatment rates among U.S. adults and the need to identify effective approaches to increasing treatment for those with these conditions. An analysis of data from U.S. adults with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder indicates that only 9.1 percent of those adults received both types of care over the past year, and 52.5 percent received neither mental health care nor substance use treatment. 

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