Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Prevention Monthly Briefing

September 2021 | Issue #8
Prevention Monthly Briefing

Team/Person of the Month!

September is National Recovery Month! This national, annual observance is celebrated in various ways by youth and adults in recovery. For nearly 50 years, recovering individuals, alumni and/or family members in treatment programs throughout Southern California have competed in the Al-Impics. Through competitive games, track & field events, prevention activities and a variety of social and recreational activities, the Al-Impics promotes overall health and wellness. The recovering persons experience success and camaraderie that enable them to face various social, psychological, and physical challenges. This year, Los Angeles Al-impics virtual event will take place on Friday, September 17, 2021. The theme for 2021 Los Angeles Al-Impics is "Erase the Stigma, Embrace the Change".

LA County SAPC Prevention Network: The LAC Prevention Network continue its excellent summer programming, and observes National Recovery Month by hosting Drive-In movie events during the month of September. For an upcoming schedule of these events, please regularly check:

SAPC Issues/Actions

COVID-19 Update:During last month, COVID-19 transmission in LA County remained at the “high” level, and DPH reported cases at an average rate of about 3,400 cases a day for most of August. To date, nearly 8 million people have been tested for COVID-19 and had test results reported in LA County. As schools and institutes of higher education return to session and their routine testing programs come back online, DPH expects to see hundreds of thousands of more test results each week and correspondingly, an increase in cases. Public Health continues to offer vaccinations with same-day, on-site registration at County-run vaccination sites. Please visit for more information.

LA County Schools Return & Student & Parent Ambassador Program
LAC Dept. of Public Health continues to work with schools to support parents and families in ensuring a safe return to school for students and school employees. To aid these efforts, students and parents are encouraged to join Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by becoming ambassadors. The DPH’s TK-12 Ambassador Programs educate and empower students and parents as essential partners in each school’s prevention efforts. For more information, click on the corresponding link.

Visit the Newly Redesigned SAPC Prevention Page!
The SAPC Prevention webpage has been updated in order to be more user-friendly, with more organized and updated information to improve the visitor experience. Please visit:

Resources for Youth: LA RISE Youth Academy is offering paid programming for youth (ages 18-24) experiencing issues with housing. Services include high school and college access, 300 hours of paid work, and supportive services. Eligibility include LA City residency, at risk of becoming homeless, unemployed/underemployed, and legal right to work. For more information, contact Daniel Dominguez at or (323)897-0769.

Last Chance: CADCA Prevention Training: CADCA’s four -day boot camp training is a condensed version of its National Coalition Academy, covering:
  • The public health model and prevention science
  • Coalition work
  • CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Community Change
  • All elements of the Strategic Prevention Framework
Questions? Email Sean Moore:
1-800-54-CADCA ext. 268
Day 1 & 2: September 8 and 9, 2021 10am-5pm EDT
Day 3 & 4: September 22 and 23, 2021 10am-5pm EDT
Register at

Northeast & Caribbean PTTC Training:
Untapped Potential: Addressing Polysubstance Use in Our Communities-9/13
Latino Culture and Communication, More than Just Translation-9/27
Webinar: Monday, September 13, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (EST)-
Peer-sharing call: Monday, September 20, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST) -9/20
Monday, September 27th, 2021 10:00AM - 12:00PM (ET)

Alcohol And Other Drugs News Headlines:

U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra swore Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon as Assistance Secretary of Mental Health and Substance Use and Administrator of SAMHSA.

Drug overdose deaths in 2020 hit highest number ever recorded, CDC data shows

SPA Coalition News (EPS)

Agency News (CPS, APS)

Upcoming Events and Deadlines:

September 23rd. 1:30 - 3:30 pm. - Microsoft Teams, Quarterly Prevention Provider Meeting, Agenda topics include Prescription and Illicit Drugs. Special guests include Mark Karandang of the DEA’s OD Mapping Project and others. Click here to join the meeting

September - National Recovery Month - A national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery. For ideas and promotional materials, see: National Recovery Month
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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