Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Take It Back....Again!

Thanks to the Platte County Sheriff's Department, we will have the Annual Take It Back day on April 28th!  This is the day you have the opportunity to SAFELY get rid of old or unused prescriptions.  Just bring them to Pamida and they will dispose of them in a safe way.  By doing this, we will keep narcotics out of our ground water and away from those NOT prescribed to take them.

The Sheriff's Department has also purchased a  container that will allow the collection of prescription drugs past the 28th.

Talk to your local pharmacist for more information!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sandy Ranschack has been awarded a $2500 grant award from PAMIDA!  Great job!  This money is allocated to her programs in Chugwater, Glendo and Guernsey.  Thanks also to Candy Wright for writing the grant for her.  

A Big Thank You to the Pamida Foundation !

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Facebook Provides First-of-a-Kind Service To Help Prevent Suicides

SAMHSA and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are collaborating with Facebook to help those in crisis.
In partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the Nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an email from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.

SAMHSA News Release

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Distracted Driving Measure Shows Alcohol Is Still The Bigger Threat

The safety threat posed by drivers who text and talk (eat, read, groom...) behind the wheel generates a lot of heat, but drinking and driving remains the bigger problem, according to the latest highway fatality statistics from the U.S. government.

Distracted driving accounted for about nine percent of all highway fatalities in the U.S. in 2010, while 31% of deaths were linked to alcohol, according to a new measure of distracted driving deaths released as part of a U.S. Transportation Department reported this month. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811552.pdf

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ode to Site Supervisors

my days as a site coordinator have been the most defining and empowering.
I dare say that this experience,
as a site coordinator,
prepared me for the biggest challenges of not only my career…
but my life.
So, I have written this ode,
in honor of the site coordinator...
The one who is a part time employee with a full time attitude.
The one who has survived the bullets of lock downs
and who also rose to the occasion
to help supervise 1400 students
in the midst of a teacher walk out.
The one who has had to call 911 because of broken bones...and at the same time worried that the family didn't have insurance.
The site coordinator who realized they are,
in essence,
the bridge between
the school and
When they heard a father say
"I got the message from the school but if i left work,
I wouldn't get paid and
my family won't eat... tu sabes?"
The one who spent a sleepless night in the emergency room because of one their students laid in one of those rooms.The one who a can name every kid in their program....Along with their nickname.The one who made the call to child protective services…and even with promise of "confidentiality"....everyone knew it was you…even the parent.But you still don't regret making the call,because you took a stand for those that couldn't.
To the one who has heard of their former student being shotor killed in a car accident.The one who also tears up when they hear one of their students just graduated.To the one who heard their former student,who didn't have papers,didn't have a dad,and didn't do timestill joined the marines to serve "his" countryand was shipped to Iraq.
To the one who made magic happen with 200 students, $20 bucks, and a 99cent store.The one who gave their last $10 bucks to a studentso they could go on that field trip.
The one who has survived countless site visits... and yet still has to justify the work they do.
The one that has brought in thousands of dollars if not millions because of the program they run.Only to become the scape-goat of disconnected administrators.
The site coordinator who knows the utter excitement of finding "that staff member" who has "it"and the shot to the gutwhen you had to fire,let go,reassign, orwhatever term you want to useto let a staff member know they lost their "juice".
To the site coordinator who has dealt with the stress
of trying to accomplishin 3 hourswhat othershave trouble in 8.The site coordinator who has mopped floors, cleaned bathroomsand was still yelled at for moving a chair in a classroom.
To the one who initially was notfrom of the communitybut in timeearned the trust and respectand became part of that community.
To the site coordinator who has failed.but failed forwardand had humility and courageto stand up...and triumph.
The one who goes by that saying of Admiral Grace HopperIf it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
To the site coordinator who created a 3rd place... not really home, not really school...but really like home and really like school.
To the site coordinator who has seen their front line staff be transformed.To the site coordinators,who in realityare the backbone ofany programany organizationand of this movement.
To youI say…Thank you.

For breakfast I had a cup of coffee, spinach, scrambled eggs and some veggie bacon strips.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

High School youth and Meth

Released Yesterday! Courtesy of WYPTAC

The Meth Project Meth Use and Attitude Survey (which took place between March 21-May 31) reflects the interviews of 1,226 junior and senior high students from Wyoming high schools; the students ages 12-17 were chosen randomly. This survey strongly suggests that 62% of teenagers see “great risk” in trying the drug just once or twice – an increase of 9% from a similar benchmark survey taken in the spring of 2008.

Some of the highlights:
-       23% (1 in 4) of teens reported that meth is easy to acquire.
-       11% reported having been offered meth.
-       81% (more than ¾) reported that trying meth once or twice could turn them into someone they don’t want to be.  [This reflects a 13-point increase from the 2008 survey.]
-       81% also reported feeling that trying meth could lead to addiction. [A 12-point increase from 2008.]
-       63% reported having advised friends not to use meth.
-       85% reported strongly disapproving of using meth once or twice.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kathy Cordell is coming to Wheatland, Oct. 5th, to train in Motivational Interviewing!

·When? One 8 hour training will be offered free of charge. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to participants.
}  October 5, 2011 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

·Where? Wheatland, Wyoming
o    Peak Wellness Center
Conference Room
1954 W.  Mariposa Pkwy
Wheatland, WY  82201

·What is Motivational Interviewing (MI)? MI is a client-centered, guiding approach that is used with clients/patients/students to elicit behavior change by helping them to explore and resolve their ambivalence and motivation to change. MI is the main strategy used for the SBIRT program which is now being implemented across Wyoming. SBIRT is an acronym for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.

·Who should attend (target audience)? Motivational Interviewing Training is extremely helpful for any individual who ‘counsels’, coaches, or motivates people toward positive lifestyle change.  Trainings are intended for anyone coming in contact with clients/patients who may have issues with substance use.  This includes RN’s, LPN’s, CNA’s, FNP’s, PA’s, physicians, health educators, wellness specialists, behavioral health specialists, social workers, pastoral staff, high school and college counselors, prevention specialists or any other community members who may be involved in helping people effect positive lifestyle change, especially around substance use.

·Who is the provider for Contact Hours and CEUs? Participants can earn 8 contact hours provided by the Wyoming Department of Health, MHSASD. Contact hours are available to all attendees. Participants may also earn 0.8 CEUs which are provided by the Wyoming Hospital Association. CEUs are available for medical professionals but are not approved for mental health professionals.

Trainer, Kathy Cordell, is a passionate communicator with a mission to help others see the abundant possibilities in life. Her writing has been published extensively, including Today’s Christian Woman, Marriage Partnerships, and the U.S. Government’s website Women’s Health.  

Purpose and Objectives of Training

The purpose of the full-day, 8 hour MI/SBIRT training is to acqaint medical personnel with the use of motivational interviewing skills and introduce the use of the ASSIST screening tool. 

Training Objectives for the participant include:
  •   Demonstrate an understanding of behavior change science
  •   Have an understanding of the use of motivational strategies
  •   Demonstrate basic motiavational inteviewing skills
  •   Identify your own strengths and learning needs
  •   Assess client’s readiness for change
  •   Have a working knowledge of SBIRT Wyoming and the use of the ASSIST tool              
This training are supported and paid for by the Wyoming Department of health at no cost to medical personnel or the institution.

Register Today By Contacting:
Krista West
Platte County Prevention Council
(307) 331-3042