Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program
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Covering Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific,
Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties
Prevention in Action!
March Edition
Youth Speak Up on Prevention Policy Day 2017
On February 20, 2017, teens from across the state met in Olympia to advocate for prevention. In the photo above, Rebecca Wall, a 7th grader from Tumwater Middle School, is speaking with Representative Richard DeBolt about Senate Bill 5284 (addressing the oversight and regulation of marijuana) and House Bill 1054 (raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21).
Save the Date!
Marijuana Prevention Summit
In partnership with ESD-113, CHOICE would like to request your presence at a Marijuana Prevention Summit on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Highlights include:
Stay tuned for time and location coming soon! Contact Matthew Shellhart at with questions.
Focus on the Future Together
For the past seven years the Drug Action Team has helped TOGETHER! plan the Substance Abuse: A Community Response Conference held at Great Wolf Lodge. This year the conference has a new name, Focus on the Future Together. The conference will be held at Hotel RL in Olympia, WA April 24-27, 2017. Early bird registration ends March 31, so register today to take advantage of the discounted rate. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend sessions on many different topics, including:
  • Community resilience
  • Advocacy strategies
  • Issues around opioids, tobacco, and marijuana in the community
  • Therapeutic justice
  • Homelessness and community service models
Register for Focus on the Future Together
ESDs host Healthy Youth Survey Workshops
Learn about survey results and learn how to access, use, and interpret the data from the 2016 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey. A workshop will be held in each of the 9 different Educational Service Districts. 
Register for a HYS Workshop
2017 Regional Partner Meetings
Here is the full schedule of 2017 monthly meetings for the CPAA Region YMPEP program. Please note that the April meeting has been moved to Tuesday, April 18, and will be held at Sherrif's Office Training Room at 345 W Main St., Chehalis.

Most meetings will be teleconferences, with the following access codes: Dial In: (712) 770-4010; Access Code: 130242

Tuesday 4/18/17 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm – In-person meeting in Lewis County
Monday 5/15/17 – 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Thursday 6/15/17 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm – In person meeting TBD
Monday 7/17/17 – 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Tuesday 8/15/17 – 11:00am – 12:010pm 
Friday 9/15/17 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm – In person meeting TBD
Monday 10/16/17 – 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Wednesday 11/15/17 – 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Friday 12/15/17 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm – In person meeting TBD
Printable 2017 YMPEP Meeting Schedule
Carpe Diem!
Matthew Shellhart
Program Manager
360-539-7576 ext. 107

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Regional Partners Meeting

Tuesday, April 18
2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Sherrif's Office, Chehalis

Strengthening Families Thurston County
April 13–May 25
ESD 113, Tumwater

Focus on the Future Together
April 24–27
Hotel RL, Olympia

Previous Meeting Summaries

State Updates
Annual Toxic Trend Reports
The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) released their Annual Toxic Trend Reports for E-cigarette, Cannabis, and Opioid exposures in 2016. Please follow this link to read the complete 2016 Toxic Trend Reports for: E-Cigarettes, Cannabis, and Opioids.
CHOICE works to improve community health in Central Western Washington through the collective planning and action of health care leaders. CHOICE is the backbone organization for the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance.
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