2019 Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit

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2019 Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit

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Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC)

2019 Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit

Developing a youth-centered, cross-sector community of practice to promote health and prevent/reduce youth substance misuse

On June 4, 2019, Children’s Optimal Health joined Cardea, the DSHS Office of Women’s Health, and Lifeworks in hosting the YSAPC Youth Substance Use Prevention Summit. The event was facilitated in conjunction with the HHSC Office of Women’s Health opioid prevention grant. With the coming of a school year in which schools will be implementing changes in response to legislation targeting issues of mental health and school safety, this summit was well timed to provide support to those engaged in this process. The summit was attended by 82 people from multiple counties and school districts in Central Texas, including a wide array of professionals from school, clinical, and community-based settings.

Keynote speaker Jessica Cance PhD, MPH:

  • Trends in adolescent and young adult substance use, including but not limited to opioids
  • Risk and protective factors for substance misuse
  • Evidence-based strategies to prevent substance misuse and associated consequences
  • Public health approach to substance misuse and addiction

Youth panel:

  • Youth-friendly practices
  • Motivations for adolescents to get and stay engaged with program services/organizations.



Policy panel:

  • Local efforts and resources to prevent and treat substance misuse
  • Local and state policies and practices impacting prevention and youth access to treatment.

School panel:

  • The importance of having student data in order to build capacity across sectors to prevent and respond to student mental/behavioral health need, including substance use.
  • Understanding student substance use and related mental health/behavioral health challenges
  • School-based efforts and practices to prevent substance misuse and better address student needs across multiple school districts
  • Click here to see the full presentation.















Motivational interviewing session:

  • Identified strategies for initiating conversations to connect and engage more effectively
  • Applied motivational interviewing techniques
  • Strategies to actively and empathetically engage with clients around opioid and substance misuse

Change in practices:

Participants indicated that they are considering changes to their practice as a result of their increased understanding of the following:

  • Ways to improve access
  • Referral practices and collaboration with other agencies; engaging more partners
  • How to look for risk factors /screening
  • Use of non-stigmatizing language
  • Use of local data (e.g. to better understand service gaps)
  • School policy changes
  • Youth friendly practices; have more of a youth focus; being more available for youth
  • Be more empathetic and less biased; use positive approaches
  • Educate/communicate with parents/staffBI’s/resources to educate professionals
  • Understanding of the local behavioral health authority (LBHA)
  • Re-evaluation of evaluative measures
  • Use of CRAFFT
  • Use of MI in screening
  • Increase the use of OARS