Letter From the Director

I want to start by acknowledging the incredible dedication and hard work of prevention professionals across Michigan. As we reflect on the past fiscal year and embrace the new one, it’s a mix of exhaustion and pride that fills my heart. I’ve witnessed the formation, growth, and flourishing of coalitions, attended valuable trainings, and provided crucial technical assistance. New partners, programs, and activities have sprung to life. Many individuals have successfully passed the IC&RC prevention specialist exam, earning their well-deserved certifications as Certified Prevention Specialists or Certified Prevention Consultants. We’re no strangers to the challenges; we know change takes time, and at times, the mountains we confront can seem insurmountable. Yet, what truly stands out is the resilience of prevention professionals. When doors slam shut, we find another way in, demonstrating exceptional flexibility, adaptability, and creativity. You are the unsung heroes of our communities.

October marks Substance Misuse Prevention Month, a collective effort that unites communities across Michigan and the nation to raise awareness and take action against substance misuse. This month, we focus on various strategies, from increasing awareness about our work to fostering networking opportunities, honing our skills through professional development, celebrating even the smallest victories, and knowing when to seek support. In this newsletter, you’ll delve into the Parenting Awareness Michigan (PAM) annual conference in Gaylord and its goals for the upcoming year, discover valuable resources to support your role as a prevention professional, stay updated on the latest developments at both the State and National levels, and explore emerging bills related to prevention that have surfaced in recent months. Together, we continue our journey to build healthier and safer communities.

Warmly, Louise Montag

Over the past year, PAM hosted its 30th Annual PAM Hybrid Conference, created and implemented a feedback survey to the network, formed three different subcommittees within the steering committee to focus on priority areas, updated its mission statement and guiding principles, hosted a 2-part series webinar, requested the proclamation of Parenting Awareness Month in March, began forming a five year strategic plan, introduced the Spotlights section of the monthly newsletter to highlight the great work organizations are doing throughout Michigan, and began planning the 31st Annual Conference. PAM also hosted the October edition of Prevention Navigators Podcast, highlighting the great work done over the last year. Click here to listen to the episode.


Join us for the 31st Annual PAM Conference! The conference will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 2023, at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan. This year’s conference brings together professionals and parents interested in issues facing today’s parents and families. Some topics include the involvement of parents in our prevention strategies, helping teens discover their self-worth, parenting in the digital age, and advocacy training and skills. To view a complete list of the workshops offered, follow this link.


To learn more about Parenting Awareness Michigan or to join the network, check out the PAM page or email PAM Coordinator Sara Kirkpatrick at sarak@preventionnetwork.org.

Meet Prevention Network’s newest staff member, Angel Lucia.

From Angel: “I graduated from Spring Arbor University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Psychology. Since graduating, I’ve found my vocational passion in providing administrative support. I value strengthening my community by leading with empathy and kindness. I hope to use my data analysis and organizational skills as the Communications Specialist/Administrative Assistant when supporting the programs at Prevention Network. I love to crochet, read, and spend time with my husband and two dogs in my free time.”

To contact Angel, email angell@preventionnetwork.org or call 517-393-6890.

To learn more about the rest of our team, check out our team page here.

This section highlights upcoming events such as webinars, conferences, and workshops, providing you with valuable opportunities to engage with experts, learn new strategies, and network with peers, ultimately fostering collaboration and advancing knowledge in the prevention field. Check out events coming up in the next 3 months below:

See the full calendar of events here.

  • MCRUD General Meeting – October 17th, 2023 – Join Michigan Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking general membership quarterly meeting to share updates from across the state about factors impacting our shared efforts to prevent underage alcohol use.
  • (PAM) CASH Conference – October 23rd-25th, 2023 –  The CASH Conference aims to address the evolving needs of child and adolescent health professionals by offering emergent and engaging content from leading subject matter experts. Participants will gain practical and innovative strategies for the development and implementation of effective programs, policies, and practices to improve the health, well-being, and resiliency of young people. Register here!
  • MSU Reimagining Recovery: A Community Systems Approach to Addressing Substance Abuse – October 26th 2:00 – 3:15 pm. – Join MSU to discuss medication for Opioid Use Disorder in recovery, what we know about recovery, the alternatives to criminalizing and punitive approaches, and the recommendations and strategies for reimagining recovery and eliminating stigma. Register here today!
  • F.F.U.N (Fourth Friday Unwind & Networking) Coalition Support Group – October 27th, 2023 — Open to anyone who is part of or interested in becoming part of a community-based coalition addressing substance misuse prevention.


  • 31st Annual PAM Conference — November 3rd, 2023 — The annual PAM Conference brings together professionals and volunteers who work with parents and families to learn about issues facing today’s parents, caregivers, and families. Register here today!
  • Prevention Training Services: Supervision of Prevention Professionals Conference 2023 — November 8th-10th, 2023 — Register for the virtual conference to understand the many ways to ensure the delivery of high-quality interventions, positive work environments, and to develop staff professional and administrative skills!
  • National Overdose Prevention Leadership Summit — November 16th-18th, 2023 — Register here to discuss topics about the growing threat of fentanyl and xylazine, integrating health equity, using data to act effectively, adopting innovation within and across systems learning from youth and people with lived experience, and developing person-centered approaches!
  • T.F.U.N (Third Friday Unwind & Networking) Coalition Support Group – November 17th, 2023 — Open to anyone who is part of or interested in becoming part of a community-based coalition addressing substance misuse prevention.
  • Thanksgiving – November 23rd-24th, 2023 – Prevention Network observes this holiday and the day before.
  • PFS Coalition Support & Networking – November 28th-29th, 2023 –  Quarterly opportunity for anyone working with coalitions on substance misuse prevention in Michigan to gather and share.
  • MIHEN Meeting – December 14th, 2023 – These quarterly meetings allow for those of us working in prevention in higher education to come together and discuss how we can work as one to prevent substance misuse on our campuses.
  • Office Closure – December 15th, 2023 – The office will be closed for all staff training.
  • F.F.U.N (Fourth Friday Unwind & Networking) Coalition Support Group – December 22nd, 2023 — Open to anyone who is part of or interested in becoming part of a community-based coalition addressing substance misuse prevention.
  • Office Closure – December 24th, 2023 -January 1st, 2024 – The office will be closed for Prevention Network’s Winter Break.

If you haven’t already check out the following featured resources! To see a list of all new resources added to the resource library, see this link.

The Introduction to Prevention Core Competencies for Prevention Professionals was designed to introduce practitioners to the essential competencies, knowledge, and skill to work in substance use and misuse prevention. It is based on the Prevention Core Competencies published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The course provides a foundation for service delivery based on prevention science and the use of evidence-based practices. It strengthens the understanding of effective planning and implementation approaches and encourages the pursuit of more specialized training and professional development.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the key elements of prevention planning and evaluation.
  2. Understand the core prevention professional knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  3. Acknowledge the importance of research-based theories and processes that help explain and build effective prevention interventions.
  4. Describe how evidence-based (EB) prevention strategies can be delivered across settings including the family, school, media, community, or workplace.

Click here to learn more about these resources.

Click here to search for other prevention skills resources for new professionals. 


In honor of Youth Substance Use Prevention Month and Substance Misuse Prevention Month, Prevention Network, in partnership with Wayne State University, provides an inclusive guide for developing Youth Coalitions in the state of Michigan. From self-determination theory, we know that involving youth in coalition activities creates ownership, which can lead to sustainability in prevention practices.


By empowering youth, coalitions can create an environment where youth are eager to have a voice and become change-makers in their communities. Evaluating evidence-based practices and prevention programming for success to inform guidelines for all coalitions to follow will benefit the prevention field in developing consistency amongst prevention programming. Developing a comprehensive guide for all coalitions to utilize best practice efforts may aid coalitions as they strengthen their services.


Click here to learn more about this resource guide.

Click here to search for other prevention skills resources for new professionals. 

The Prevention Network newsletter delivers timely and comprehensive state and national updates, covering the latest news, research findings, and best practices in the prevention field, ensuring you stay well-informed and equipped to address emerging challenges and opportunities in your prevention efforts. Check out some national and state updates below:

From SAMHSA: Domestic Violence Awareness Month: SAMHSA’s Commitment to Raising Awareness and Hope for Survivors

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is joining our federal partner agencies in raising awareness of domestic violence (also known as intimate partner violence) throughout our nation. We are committed to addressing domestic violence prevention, treatment and recovery for survivors. This year, we are joining the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Violence Prevention and Services (OFVPS) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline in promoting the hashtag #1Thing, which encourages everyone to do just one thing to raise awareness about domestic violence. That one thing could be sharing awareness messages on social media, bringing training about domestic violence into our workplaces, or reaching out to a friend or family member who may be experiencing violence and abuse.


To read the full article, click here.


From SAMHSA: “Talk. They Hear You.” 

This year, “Talk. They Hear You.”® celebrates its 10th anniversary. SAMHSA’s national prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers, educators, and community members get informed, be prepared, and take action to prevent underage drinking and other substance use. The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and other substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address these issues with their children early and often.


Click here to learn more about this and other resources that promote Substance Misuse Prevention Month. 

From MDHHS: Improving MI Practices SUD Training Request Survey 

Your feedback is requested in regard to the development of Improving MI Practices trainings. Please take a moment to complete the survey below. Your feedback is important as planning occurs to expand the number of trainings and training topics available on the Improving MI Practices website. If there are training topics not already listed in the survey, please list these in the “Comments and Feedback” box at the end of the survey.


The survey will close on October 31, 2023 at 5:00pm. Complete the survey here: SUD Training Request Survey (office.com)


Michigan Monthly Overdose Update August 2023

This report overviews recent substance use and overdose trends and patterns in Michigan and is created by the Michigan Overdose Data to Action (MODA) program. Emergency department (ED), emergency medical services (EMS), substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and rapid toxicology data are included. See “Data Notes” page for more detail. Click here to view the report.


For resources like this and other articles from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, click here.


The following are legislative updates that have occurred at the federal and state level related to substance use:

  • MI HB 4561 Liquor: other; electronic rebate coupons provided directly to a retail customer; clarify conditions. Amends sec. 609h of 1998 PA 58 (MCL 436.1609h). — Last action: Oct 10, 2023, Senate: REFERRED TO COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
  • MI HB 5087 Liquor: licenses; certain veteran-based community organizations; provide for on-premises liquor license and eliminate local population restrictions. Amends 1998 PA 58 (MCL 436.1101 – 436.2303) by adding sec. 516. — Last action: Oct 05, 2023, House: bill electronically reproduced 10/05/2023
  • MI SB 546 Liquor: licenses; license to sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises of a certain conference centers; modify. Amends sec. 513 of 1998 PA 58 (MCL 426.1513). — Last action: Oct 03, 2023, Senate: REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON REGULATORY AFFAIRS
  • HB 4865 Liquor: retail sales; restrictions on licensees owning and operating a motor fuel pump; modify. Amends sec. 541 of 1998 PA 58 (MCL 436.1541). Last Action: House • Jun 29, 2023: bill electronically reproduced 06/29/2023
  • (Federal) HR 3721 – To amend title 18, United States Code, and title 39, United States Code, to provide the United States Postal Service the authority to mail alcoholic beverages, and for other purposes
  • MI HB 5063 Education: other; students to be treated with marihuana-infused products and CBD products during school; allow. Amends 1976 PA 451 (MCL 380.1 – 380.1852) by adding sec. 1182. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5064’23 — Last action: Oct 03, 2023, House: bill electronically reproduced 10/03/2023
  • (Federal) US HR 5323 To amend title 23, United States Code, to establish a national requirement against the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. — Last action: Sep 01, 2023, House: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • (Federal) HR610 was introduced on January 27th to reschedule marijuana as a schedule III drug (currently a Schedule I drug). 
  • MI HB 4322 Marihuana: other; individuals who are 19 years of age or older; allow to be employed by or volunteer for marihuana establishments. Amends title & secs. 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 & 11 of 2018 IL 1 (MCL 333.27953 et seq.). — Last action: Jun 21, 2023, House: placed on third reading
  • MI HB 4430 Marihuana: other; safety information provided to consumers; modify. Amends secs. 3 & 8 of 2018 IL 1 (MCL 333.27953 & 333.27958). — Last action: Apr 20, 2023, House: bill electronically reproduced 04/20/2023
  • SB 134 and 135 – Courts: drug court; specialty court authorization to issue a restricted license requiring an ignition interlock device; modify. Amends secs.; Vehicles: registration; issuance of a restricted license requiring the installation of ignition interlock device and specialty court admission; modify. Amends secs. Introduced on March 2, 2023
  • MI HB 4442 Criminal procedure: sentencing guidelines; crime of operating while intoxicated and causing property damage; provide penalties. Amends sec. 12f, ch. XVII of 1927 PA 175 (MCL 777.12f). TIE BAR WITH: HB 4443’23 — Last action: Apr 20, 2023, House: bill electronically reproduced 04/20/2023
  • HB 4913 Crimes: controlled substances; sale, distribution, or possession of xylazine; prohibit. Amends

Thank you for reviewing Prevention Network’s newsletter! If you have any feedback regarding this newsletter or ideas for our next newsletter, please email us at admin@preventionnetwork.org. Lastly, a special thanks to Prevention Network’s Board of Trustees for supporting our mission, vision, and goals.