May 11, 2015
ISSUE 5-10

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 The geography of heavy drinking, mapped

Wisconsin once again ranks number one in heavy drinking, but as this story from the Washington Post points out, the overwhelming majority of heavy and binge drinkers aren't alcoholics and don't have a drinking problem. In fact, only about 10 percent of either group meet that criteria, according to the CDC.

Free app helps parents learn about the drugs most commonly abused by teens 

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids recently released a complete Drug Guide for Parents, now available as a mobile app for Android phones and iPhones. Parents can now access vital information on drugs most commonly abused by teens right from their smartphones, including photos, slang terms and short- and long-term effects. More information can be found online.

Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker announces launch of Fostering Futures website

Fostering Futures, a statewide collaborative aimed at building healthy lives and brighter futures through trauma-informed care, has recognized May 2015 as National Foster Care month by launching a new website.


"Fostering Futures is a key player in building healthier Wisconsin communities," First Lady Tonette Walker said. "Trauma-informed care can help reduce or reverse the impact of adverse childhood experiences, while guiding people down the path toward healing and recovery."

Underage drinking estimates for Wisconsin released

The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center has released updated underage drinking state-by-state estimates. The Wisconsin estimate can be found here. Because this assessment is limited to underage alcohol use, the numbers are very different from the report released by Health First Wisconsin  that address the cost of all excessive and inappropriate alcohol use, regardless of age.

New "Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator" website

SAMHSA has come out with a new Behavior Health Treatment Center Locator websiteTo use this tool, search your zip code and see what resources are shown.

FoodShare fact sheet 

Check out this fact sheet recently published by the Department of Health Services regarding the FoodShare work requirements that became effective April 1, 2015.

As a reminder, certain adults between the ages of 18 through 49 with no minor children living in their home may only receive up to three months of FoodShare benefits in a 36-month (3-year) period, unless they meet a work requirement or meet an exemption. After receiving three months of benefits, members will be ineligible for any additional months of FoodShare benefits until they meet one of these exemptionsThis applies to new applicants and current members at the time of renewal.

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In This Issue
The geography of heavy drinking, mapped
Free app helps parents learn about the drugs most commonly abused by teens
Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker announces launch of Fostering Futures website
Underage drinking estimates for Wisconsin released
New "Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator" website
FoodShare fact sheet
Event Announcements


May 21, 11-1pm

Milwaukee, WI

The Wisconsin Center District presents the Inaugural STOP Awards Show. More information available online.



June 3-5

Milwaukee, WI

More information and registration available online.



July 26-31

Madison, WI

The Wisconsin YLF is a leadership training and career awareness program for high school students with disabilities. The registration deadline is TODAY, May 11. More information available online.



August 15

Milwaukee, WI

More information available online.

Job Opportunities


Safe & Sound is hiring for two community organizer positions: one for youth and one general. More information online.

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