One Maine One Portland
"Fostering nurturing and healthy relationships, environments, and programs that encourage positive youth development & enable all young people in Greater Portland to live substance free." 
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David Walsh Presentations Sponsored by Portland's Real Life. Real Talk.

Parent Night
"No. Why Kids - of All Ages - Need to Hear It, and How Parents Can Say It"

When: Tuesday, February 12
7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Deering High School Cafeteria
370 Stevens Avenue in Portland


Professional Training
"Advanced Brain Training - Why Do They Act That Way? A Deeper Look Into the Teenage Brain"

When: Wednesday, February 13
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Where: The Family Center at Youth Alternatives
50 Lydia Lane, South Portland
Cost: $125

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Register by calling 1.800.488.9638 or by emailing

Brought to you by the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England & the Portland
Real Life. Real Talk. Coalition

David Walsh, Ph.D. has emerged as one of the world's leadingClick Here for David Walsh's Bio authorities on parenting and the impact of media on children's health and development. He spent 10 years teaching and coaching high school students before joining Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis to develop and direct innovative counseling programs for youth and families...
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Gearing up for
Alcohol Awareness Month:
April 2008

The Portland Region substance abuse prevention partnership between OMOP & 21 Reasons is working to bring our community together to celebrate National Alcohol Awareness Month this April.  The 21 Reasons Community Norms Action Team has been meeting to discuss potential events. Ideas include the use of Community Television to run PSAs and to tape and rebroadcast either a call in show with panelists or the upcoming Town Hall meeting-or both! Town Hall meetings are scheduled to take place in communities across the country during the first week in April, and Portland is no exception.  Look for notices of this important kick-off event to help raise awareness of National Alcohol Awareness Month. Stay tuned, there are a lot of plans in the works!

If you would like more information about this group and/or how to get involved with 2008 Alcohol Awareness Month activities, contact Jo
Morrissey at 773-7737 or email Jo at

Mainely Parents Presents:
"Navigating the Teen Years"
*A Free Online Parenting Course*

*Adolescent Development*
Information on brain/body development

What type of parent are you?*
Identifying different parenting styles

*Teen Behavior*
What is normal & how can you deal with it

*Parenting Skills*
Basic strategies to help you parent.

*Adolescent Wellbeing*
Mental and physical health of teens

*Teens and Sex*
How to talk to your kids

*Teens, Drugs and Alcohol*
Prevention strategies you can use

*Dealing with Change*
How to help with divorce, death, moving

At the end of the course parents will receive a certificate of completion.
In addition to the materials covered in the course, parents will have access to an experienced trained parenting specialist and be able to interact with other parents of teens.

To register for the Mainely Parents' FREE online Parenting Course call: 1-800-249 5506
or go to
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City of Portland's Substance Abuse Prevention Website Update
Our City of Portland "Substance Abuse Prevention" Website link is fully functioning with much help from the Public Health Division's Special Events Coordinator, Scott Caparelli.  With Scott's help, we have been able to archive all of our past e-newsletters as well as a Power Point presentation link, Overdose Prevention materials and our Fall 2007 Parent  Resource Brochure.  We are very happy to have our "own" webpage and we hope you can utilize it as a resource for substance abuse prevention in Portland! 
Check it out at:
Look for the special section of our website coming in April in celebration of
National Alcohol Awareness Month.

From the Juvenile Policy Institute - The Dangers of Detention: The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in Detention and Other Secure Facilities
"Despite the lowest youth crime rates in 20 years, hundreds of thousands of young people are locked away every year in the nation's 591 secure detention centers. Detention centers are intended to temporarily house youth who pose a high risk of re-offending before their trial, or who are deemed likely to not appear for their trial. But the nation's use of detention is steadily rising, and facilities are packed with young people who do not meet those high-risk criteria-about 70 percent are detained for nonviolent offenses..." 

OMOP Community Calendar

If there is a community event listing from our Greater Portland partners, you will find it here.
Click on the icon to check it out!

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How to Become Involved

The OMOP Steering Committee meets regularly; if you are interested in attending a meeting or finding out about more opportunities for community involvement, please contact Ronni Katz, City of Portland Public Health Division's Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator at 756-8116 or
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A "Fabulous" Connection
Jasmine Savio, LCSW from Long Creek/DHHS, invited Nancy and I to present alcohol and drug prevention information to girls at LCYDC in December.  Four girls attended and they were extremely insightful, ready to talk, take a quiz and learn about the myths and facts of drug and alcohol use and addiction.  We were scheduled to present for one hour but because we were all learning so much from each other, we completely lost track of time and were there for over 90 minutes! We are thrilled that Jasmine has invited Nancy and I to come on a monthly basis to hold the educational groups for the girls (who are being held for court) at LCYDC.

Following our group at LCYDC, Jasmine invited me to be a part of the group called For A Better System (FABS).  FABS is a group of concerned individuals who work in some capacity with girls in the juvenile justice system; representatives are from Sweetser, Maine Department of Corrections, DHHS, Cumberland County District Attorney's Office and Cumberland County Juvenile Corrections Officers.

FABS meets regularly to discuss the unique challenges that girls face in the juvenile justice system and works toward building community and family support systems for girls to thrive in.  The hope of the group is to keep girls out of detention altogether and work to support them once they come out of it.  The information and stories that are shared by girls in the system have motivated those working with these girls to make sure that they, and those around them, are always working for a better system.
Check Out These Links!
The "Helping America's Youth"
Community Guide
Click Here for the Helping America's Youth (HAY) Website

The Century Council's "Girl Talk: Choices & Consequences of Underage Drinking"
Click Here for the Girls & Drinking Brochure

"Models for Change: System Reform in Juvenile Justice"
Click Here for the Models for Change Website

"Girls Study Group: Understanding & Responding to Girls' Delinquency"
Click Here for the Girl's Study WebsiteClick Here for the Girl's Study Website

"The Coalition for Juvenile Justice: Building Safe Communities
One Child at a Time"
Click Here for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Website

Parents Helping Parents (Oklahoma): "Caring parents offering hope through resources, education, and shared experience."

Click Here for the Oklahoma Coalition: Parents Helping Parents

2008 SAMHSA Report on
Cough Syrup Abuse

New Study Reveals More Than 3Click Here for SAMHSA's Website MillionAdolescents and Young Adults Have Used Non-Prescription Cough and Cold Medicines to Get High at Least Once in Their Lifetimes 

Click Here for the Full SAMHSA Report

News About Rx Drug Abuse from
"Think about your home. What prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs do you have? Where are they kept?
Would you know if some were missing? The good news is that you can take steps immediately to limit access to
these drugs and help keep your teen drug-free."
Click Here for 5 Tips Parents Can Use to Prevent Rx Drug Abuse

"While illicit drug use by teens is declining, now there's a threat from the family medicine cabinet: The abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. But parents and caregivers can help to stop this dangerous trend."
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OMOP Partners
Click Here for the PROP Website
Click Here for the Public Health Division's Website
Click Here for the Healthy Portland Website 
Click Here for the Portland Housing Authority's Website
Click Here for the 21 Reasons Website 
Click Here for the Maine SDFSCA Website
Click Here for the Mainely Parents Website 
Click Here for OSA's Website
Click Here for the Portland Schools Website
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