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BACCHUS Network becomes part of NASPA

NASPA, a student affairs administrators association, announced that the BACCHUS Network would dissolve and transfer their programs to NASPA.  For over 30 years, the BACCHUS Network supported student leaders on campuses across the nation, helping them conduct peer education and safety programs on alcohol and other health topics.  Some may recall their earlier manifestation: The BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network.  

BACCHUS released a statement stating, "Bringing BACCHUS under the NASPA umbrella will expand our combined offerings in the health and safety area, while also strengthening both BACCHUS’ core focus on peer education and NASPA’s opportunities for undergraduate students.” 

NASPA expects that its resources and membership will expand the opportunities for BACCHUS programs.

Two Conferences in California

There are two college-centered AOD conferences in California this coming year to put on your calendar: The NASPA AOD and Violence Prevention Conference, January 16-18 in San Diego; and California Higher Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference, April 3-4 at CSU Channel Islands.  Both offer opportunities to learn from others about what’s new in AOD prevention. More information on these two conferences will be relayed through The Network as it becomes available. Hope to see you there.

Marijuana Ballot Initiative

Most reports on marijuana-legalization efforts in California have stated that a ballot initiative is in the works for the 2016 election.  In fact, some of the most noted activists have said that California is not ready to pass legalization in 2014. However, it appears that there is a rift between some of the groups, with one organization, Americans for Policy Reform, attempting to have a ballot initiative qualified for the 2014 election. 

Read more: Marijuana Ballot Initiative 

New Online Resource for Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have partnered to create the National Center on Safe and Supporting Learning Environments (NCSSLE).  The NCSSLE has just launched a website that has a higher education focus.  Go there to find materials to help you plan campus alcohol, drug and violence prevention strategies.

TIPS Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Southern California

This just in from our Network member CSU Northridge:

California State University Northridge will host a TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) train-the-trainer workshop (TIPS Commercial) July 29 & 30, 2013.

From the TIPS website:

“TIPS® (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental "people skills" of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol. TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies.”

TIPS for the University meets SAMHSA Requirements for Model Program

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a project of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has determined that TIPS for the University meets the NREPP requirements. TIPS for the University was screened following the guidelines described in SAMHSA's June 30, 2009, Federal Register Notice.

For more information on the TIPS workshop, registration, and costs please visit

For information on the California State University Northridge venue, please call Marianne Link at (818) 677-3690.