February 2018 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday, February  8, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Westerly High School
Room TBD

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• Upcoming/recent events
• DFC grant
     - New timeline
     - Needs assessment
• Update to WTC

4. Media Specialist Update

5. Old Business


• Material from Shannon Spurlock from January training
• Skills matrix for Task Force members
• Report - reaching inactive members

6. New Business

• Report from Governance Working Group
• Report from Opioid Overdose Working Group
• Report from Media Working Group

7. Adjournment

January 2018 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday, January  11, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Town Manager’s Conference Room
Westerly Town Hall (2nd Floor)

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• Upcoming/recent events
• DFC grant
     - New timeline
     - Needs assessment
• Update to WTC

4. Media Specialist Update
 

5. Old Business

• Skills matrix for Task Force members
• Report - reaching inactive members

6. New Business

• Report from Governance Working Group
• Report from Opioid Overdose Working Group
• Report from Media Working Group

7. Adjournment

December 2017 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Town Manager’s Conference Room
Westerly Town Hall (2nd Floor)

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• Opportunity to test Westerly waste water
• Upcoming events
• DFC grant
     - New timeline
     - Needs assessment
• Update to WTC

4. Old Business

• Skills matrix for Task Force members
• Report - reaching inactive members

5. New Business

• Report from Governance Working Group
• Report from Opioid Overdose Working Group
• Report from Media Working Group
• Shannon Spurlock from RIRPC to provide training (tentative date scheduled)

6. Adjournment

November 2017 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Town Manager’s Conference Room
Westerly Town Hall (2nd Floor)

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• Needs Assessment
• Membership Status
     - Removal of inactive members
     - Members-in-waiting
     - Prospective Youth Member
     - Growing non-membership to accomplish our goals
• Upcoming Events

4. Old Business

• Opioid forum schedule
• Skills matrix for Task Force members
• Creating subcommittees and working groups
     - Opioid working group
     - Media working group
     - Governance committee

5. New Business

• Meeting housekeeping

6. Adjournment

October 2017 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Town Manager’s Conference Room
Westerly Town Hall (2nd Floor)

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• UB Grant

4. Old Business

5. New Business

• Bylaw Amendments
• Upcoming Community Events

6. Adjournment

September 2017 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Town Manager’s Conference Room
Westerly Town Hall (2nd Floor)

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• RISS
• Regional Focus Groups
• First Aid kits for Westerly sports teams

4. Old Business

• Opioid forum schedule

5. New Business

• Trainings by JSI
• Current and upcoming events
• Membership

6. Adjournment

South County Coalition Survey

The Rhode Island Substance Abuse Prevention Act provides for funding to study and address Substance Abuse Prevention throughout the state. The manner in which this funding is distributed has changed of late, from a community-by-community basis to a more regional approach.

As a part of this process, the South County Coalition (of which we are a part) is conducting a needs assessment to determine the priorities of the region (see link below).

Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey (it’s easy) and, by all means, spread this survey widely through Westerly. This is our opportunity to ensure that the Westerly voice is heard and that the needs of THIS community are taken into account for future spending.

We’ll be continuing to pester you with this request intermittently until this survey closes. We can't overstate the importance of having Westerly's voice at the table at this stage in the process. We’ve lost the ability to localize program dollars. As such, it behooves us to do what we can to support (and thereby benefit from) the regional initiative.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCX6J6C

Thank you!

 

August 2017 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Town Manager’s Conference Room
Westerly Town Hall (2nd Floor)

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• Update on mini-grant application
• Training with JSI
• Upcoming meetings with school administration
• Progress with RISS

4. Old Business

• Opioid forum topics/schedule

5. New Business

• Need for policy/procedure adoption/clarification
• Skills matrix for task force members
• Current and upcoming events

6. Adjournment

A Word From Our Committee Chair

A good friend lost a son to suicide the evening of Wednesday, August 2nd, another victim of the remorseless societal scourge that is substance abuse.

As I cast aimlessly about, trying to cope with the ghastliness and devastation of it all, I happened across this rather haunting version of a cherished anthem of the misspent portion of a reckless youth that I was fortunate enough to survive.

Seeking solace in the familiar tune, I soon realized that I'd never given much thought to the lyrics. Especially this one:

"...got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night. The first one's named 'Sweet Ann Marie' and she's my heart's delight. The second one is prison baby, the sheriff's on my trail, and if he catches up with me I'll spend my life in jail."

Contemplate the essence of addiction, for what that's worth, and behold the seeming metaphor...

May 2017 Agenda

MEETING NOTICE

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Thursday May 11, 2017 - 4:30PM
Town Manager’s Conference Room
Westerly Town Hall (2nd Floor)

AGENDA

1. Call to order

2. Review of Minutes

3. Coordinator's Update

• Update on mini-grant activities

4. Old Business

• Update on Health Fair/Duck Race

5. New Business

• Introduction of Mike Toole
• Finalize plans for SAPTF retreat

6. Special Guest

• Kathy Sullivan of the Community Prevention Mgr at RI Student Assistance Services to talk about next steps for RISAPA

6. Adjournment