Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Prevention Monthly Briefing

April 2021 | Issue #3
Prevention Monthly Briefing
Team/Person of the Month! Prevention Coalitions!
Despite the challenges of this past year, LA County's Prevention network and its coalitions have persevered. Substance Abuse Coalitions continue to address the environmental impacts of substance use among youth. The non-Service Planning Areas (SPA) coalitions have maintained a broad network of stakeholders and community groups to advance the health of youth and their families with education and actions directed at reducing substance use access and availability issues. As we move forward into 2021, thank you to the Environmental Prevention Service and non-SPA Coalitions' leadership:

  • LA DAPA – Maurina Cintron & Sarah Blanch
  • RAM – Brenda Villanueva
  • Safe Med LA/CEAT – Barbara Roberts
  • Meth Prevention Committee – Tim Young & Rangell Oruga
Environmental Prevention Service agencies that served as facilitators of SPA Coalitions include the Tarzana Treatment Center; San Fernando Valley Partnership; Day One, Koreatown Youth and Comm. Center, Institute for Public Strategies, Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment, California Hispanic Commission and the Asian-American Drug Abuse Programs.

We thank you all for your leadership!
SAPC Issues, Training & Resources
LA County Red Tier Re-Openings:

As a result of LA County's decline in COVID-19 case rate and changes the state made to the Blueprint, LA County will be moved from the purple tier into the red tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Schools are now able to offer in-person learning for students in grades 7 through 12, with strict adherence to safety protocols. DPH is working with school administrators and benefitting from their wise counsel as they prepare for school re-openings. Like our network of Prevention Providers, teachers, students, and parents have found innovative ways to adapt to virtual learning and create a safe space to continue the vital education of our children and youth!

In addition to schools, restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and other businesses are permitted to operate with less restrictions. See link here.
SPA Coalition News (EPS)
Join one of the Eight Service Planning Area Coalitions in efforts to work collaboratively and impactfully to improve substance use risks and create healthier environments for youth, their families, and communities through the use of evidence-based strategies, such as convening town halls, social media campaigns, collection of unused/expired medications, deemed approved ordinance, and others. The SPA Coalitions are making strides every day to address the determinants of health that negatively impact substance use and abuse for LA County residents.
Agency News (CPS, APS)
Check out the latest news, prevention campaigns and events hosted by the LA County Prevention Provider network by visiting: and
Upcoming Events and Deadlines:
April 5-11, 2021
Public Health Week (National)
American Public Health Association (APHA)

April 1-30, 2021
Alcohol Awareness Month
Council on Substance Abuse – NCADD

May 9-15
National Prevention Week

Data Resources for NPW, AWM and PHW:
Drug Overdose Deaths in LAC During the Pandemic (March 2021)
Data Brief: Cost of Alcohol and Other Drug Use/Misuse in LAC (March 2019)

The Drug Enforcement Administration has announced the followed funding opportunities:
FY 2021 Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program ( Deadline: April 13, 2021 11:59 PM, JustGrants Deadline: April 27, 2021 11:59 PM) – *nonprofit organizations and tribal for-profit organizations are eligible to apply

OJJDP FY 2021 Mentoring for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction ( Deadline: March 30, 2021 11:59 PM, JustGrants Deadline: April 13, 2021 11:59 PM) – *nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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