Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Prevention Monthly Briefing

May 2021 | Issue #4
Prevention Monthly Briefing

Team/Person of the Month! Prevention Coalitions!

We congratulate and thank all the organizers of LA County’s National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week (NDAFW), observed during the last week in March!
NDAFW, is an annual, week-long, health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners—to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide. We especially thank Belinda Alvarado and Daniel Fong, organizers of RAM's NDAFW Ask the Experts Tik Tok videos

SAPC Issues, Training & Resources

COVID-19 & LA County Orange 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 red tier to the orange 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. In addition to schools, the orange tier allows restaurants, movie theatres, gyms and other businesses are permitted to operate with less restrictions. Last month, the Governor announced that the state is planning to phase out the Blueprint tier system and fully reopen by June 15th.

SAPC Prevention Contracts (APS, EPS, and CPS) extended to end of calendar year. At the last Quarterly Prevention Meeting, it was announced that due to the ongoing pandemic, current Prevention contracts would be extended until December 2021.

For a review of last Quarterly Prevention Meeting, March 25th, please see here:

ONDCP Releases Policy Priorities
Last month, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released The Biden-Harris Administration's Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One. Their priorities include expanding access to equitable care, enhancing harm reduction efforts, supporting prevention for youth substance use, expanding the addiction workforce, and increasing access to recovery support services. The statement specifically highlights the need for behavioral health parity, advancing racial equity, and supporting clinicians providing community-based services.

Prevention Training
May 18th 11 am -noon (pacific time) - Last Chance- The Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network is offering its second part of its interactive webinar, Applying Prevention Science to Practice. The purpose of the virtual learning lab is to expand on the information delivered in the presentation, "Applying Prevention Science to Practice: What Implementation Experts Need to Know About Program Fidelity". The virtual learning lab will provide an opportunity for conversation between prevention professionals, guided by facilitators, to provide a greater level of detail and understanding into the key concepts of the topics addressed. For more info:

The County Launches New Digital Initiative: Delete The Divide. Launched by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the purpose of this initiative is to empower youth and small businesses in underserved communities who are adversely impacted by the digital divide. The County has formed partnerships with public, private, academic, and community-based organizations to unify efforts in ensuring that disadvantaged communities have direct access, training, and support services in modern technologies. These partnerships will provide youth with a wide range of educational programs, technical certifications, job shadowing, mentoring, corporate tours, paid internships, academic scholarships, and pathways to well-paying careers. For more information about Delete The Divide and to view interactive maps of impacted communities, visit

SPA Coalition News (EPS)

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:

May 9-15
National Prevention Week in LA County- Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. Join the LA County Prevention network for a series of events to celebrate the 10th annual NPW. See

Monday, May 17, 2021: New Tax Return Filing Deadline
The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, and their Center for Financial Empowerment want to remind you and your clients of available tax credits this tax season. If you haven't filed yet, take advantage of the free tax preparation services available through their non-profit partners. Text "TAXCREDITSLA" to 211-211 for info on filing for free and claiming credits to get the most money back in your pocket!

Tuesday, May 24th, 4:30-5:30 pm: DMH Creative, Resiliency Expression in Art
The Department of Mental Health will be hosting their annual one-day interactive event, featuring artists, musical performances, and spoken work for all ages. This year's show will be shown on a virtual platform to help promote wellbeing and mental health. For more information, please see flyer or contact Daniel at
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