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ATOD Conference Days Away

Amazingly, the 2015 ATOD Educational Conference in Monterey starts this Thursday (April 16th).  The schedule has been posted and it looks packed with almost 30 breakout sessions, and a very interesting Keynote by Jessica Pettitt. With so many offerings, starting to plan your conference program should probably start now.  I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Yes California is Next

For those who may still doubt that California will be a ballot-initiative battleground for the marijuana legalization effort in 2016, I give you this graphic posted by activists:

Campus prevention professionals would be wise to avoid the hype and hoopla of the upcoming political drama.  We'll still need to assure our students see us as trusted sources of information no matter the outcome: review the harms to student success, and be ready help students minimize the risk of those harms. Campus policies will likely not change regardless of the outcome, unless the Federal legal environment changes.

California ATOD Educational Conference Starts

Today is the day!  Looking forward to an amazing conference here in Camarillo.  It looks like the conference will set records for attendance and the number of programs offered. Keep an eye on the Network CA twitter feed @stcnetworkca for updates.  Highlights of the conference will be posted at and on twitter at

CSU sponsored Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drug Educational Conference Call For Proposals

The California Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drug Education Conference, sponsored by the CSU, has announced their call for program proposals.  The conference will be held on the CSU Channel Islands campus, April 3rd and 4th. The theme is Forecasting the Future: Intervention Today, Prevention Tomorrow, and conference planners hope to elicit exciting proposals that will help attendees bring back useful programs that meet student needs and support current system-wide efforts. The deadline for proposal submissions is February 14th.

Last year's conference saw a record number of program submission entries; all indications are that this year may surpass that record.  So, submissions should be carefully crafted, fully developed, and have supporting evidence and justification for inclusion within the program. For more information, see the conference website.


SAMHSA Town Halls are Coming in 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be conducting more Town Hall meetings on underage drinking in 2014. These meetings are held throughout the country, bringing local, community-based organizations together to educate and empower communities to support underage drinking prevention initiatives.  Town hall meetings are open to the public, and any nonprofit can use their materials.  Further, SAMHSA is looking for organizations to serve as hosts.  Check out their webpage to see if that’s something your campus can do.