Teens in a row


Project Fresh Light is committed to providing our visitors with a variety of resources applicable for working with adolescents and their families. Here you will find links to Project Fresh Light Updates, a Discussion Board, a Drug Glossary, newly enacted WI Laws, a listing of links to agencies and services related to adolescent addiction, substance abuse and treatment, and more.

Treatment Provider Directory (350kb pdf): This Directory represents the first comprehensive compilation of HFS 75-certified adolescent substance abuse treatment facilities in Wisconsin. It is intended to be a resource for behavioral health professionals, consumers, and policy makers. If you would like to receive a copy of the treatment directory by mail, send your request to Mary Unmuth at unmutmj@dhfs.state.wi.us

Links: If you are looking for information regarding adolescent addiction, substance abuse and treatment, you might find these links relevant and useful. This Link section will be evolving over time as we are open to suggestions regarding links that might be appropriate for this page.

Discussion Board: Subscribe to our Discussion Board and join in on discussions with other professionals and colleagues around the state to explore adolescent substance abuse questions and concerns, best practices, assessment and screening tools, effective methods of engaging families in adolescent treatment and much more.

Project Fresh Light Updates: Contains useful articles and information regarding the Project and the activities it's doing around the state with parents and families, counties and state organizations, treatment providers, and many more players in the Project Fresh Light partnership.

Funding opportunities: This page provides links to funding opportunities and current grants gathered by the Project Fresh Light community. If you have a grant or funding opportunity that you’d like to share on this web page, please e-mail Mary at unmutmj@dhfs.state.wi.us.

Glossary of drugs: The United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a quick and ready reference for professionals and the public. At SAMHSA's website you will find a wealth of resources including valuable information regarding addiction, prevention, treatment, underage drinking, mental health and much more to answer a variety of drug-related questions. Visit: http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/drugs.cfm

Boys-at-Risk Summit Booklet: Young men today face many risk factors, one of which is substance abuse. During the Boys-at-Risk Summit on June 12 in Madison WI, a panel of four young men told their struggles of substance abuse and their ongoing recovery. If you did not have the chance to attend the Summit and listen to their stories, we want to give you the opportunity to read these and other stories in a truly marvelous booklet entitled, "From Boys and Men: Voices of Struggles, Addiction and Recovery." There are many untold stories of boys struggling to find their way in the world. This booklet will begin to open the doors to this important new narrative and, hopefully, inspire other young men to contribute their voices to it. Download the booklet.

Wisconsin Law Changes: As a courtesy to our Project Fresh Light visitors, we are including a Wisconsin Laws page which will have information regarding the latest changes in Wisconsin Laws. This page will be updated on a continual basis.

Kennedy-Domenici Mental Health Parity
BillMENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL WINS COMMITTEE APPROVAL: A Senate committee has voted to require equal treatment for mental and physical health conditions covered by health insurance plans. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the bill 18-3. The measure (S 558) has been through several incarnations in previous congresses, but never landed on the president's desk. The bill, sponsored by New Mexico Republican Pete V. Domenici, would require insurers that offer mental health coverage as part of health insurance packages to make that coverage eq ual to the coverage in the plans for physical illnesses. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees would be exempt from the law, which the committee estimated would affect about 113 million people. An exemption in the bill allows insurers to opt out if they find their costs rising significantly. "We're not taking uniform standards and doing it around the country. We couldn't get that through," said Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the committee chairman. About 30 states have mental health parity laws. The Senate bill would not pre-empt those that have more comprehensive legislation on the books. Here is a link to the press release: http://help.senate.gov/Maj_press/2007_02_12_b.pdf

The Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN)
is an evidence-based assessment used with both adolescents and adults and in outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, methadone, short-term residential, long-term residential, therapeutic community, and correctional programs. It originated in 1993 as a collaboration between clinicians, researchers, and policymakers from over a dozen behavioral healthcare agencies to create a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment tool. It is a progressive and integrated series of measures and computer applications designed to support a number of treatment practices. The GAIN has eight core sections: Background; Substance Use; Physical Health; Risk Behaviors and Disease Prevention; Mental and Emotional Health; Environment and Living Situation; Legal; and, Vocational. GAIN materials are available in hard copy and electronic forms. (See https://www.chestnut.org/LI/gain for more information.)
Check out our map of GAIN certified treatment providers in Wisconsin.

The Problem Oriented Screening Instruments for Teenagers (POSIT) was designed to identify potential problem areas that require further in-depth assessment. It was also designed to identify problems and potential treatment or service needs in 10 areas, including substance abuse, mental and physical health, and social relations. Related is the POSIT follow-up questionnaire that was derived from items on POSIT to screen for potential change in 7 out of the 10 problem areas represented on POSIT. Check out our map of POSIT certified counties in Wisconsin.

The fiscal mapping resource document was developed by cross-departmental State staff to depict current fiscal resources. It is the first document that compiles all of the funding sources that can be available in Wisconsin to support adolescents. Download the mapping resource as a pdf document. (111k file. Legal size)

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We…meet regularly to help each other stay clean. ... We are not interested in what or how much you used ...but only in what you want to do about your problem and how we can help. http://www.na.org

SAMHSA News: What’s an effective way to raise awareness about SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline? As it turns out, it’s MySpace.com, one of the most popular online networking sites in the Nation. SAMHSA is using the site to spread the word about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. A free, 24-hour resource for anyone who needs help, the Lifeline connects callers to more than 120 crisis centers across the country. Learn more at:

SAMHSA Resource: Fotonovela for Spanish-Speaking Act Now Clients
This Spanish-language publication (PHD1133) uses photographs with captions (a fotonovela format) to help the reader recognize the dangers people face when they hve a substance use disorder and the devastating consequences that can result at personal, family, and community levels.

Order your free copy today:
Go to: www.ncadi.samhsa.gov
Click on "Quick Find & Order" (left-hand side of page)
Then go to "Inventory Number or Title" & type in information & press "Search"
Then "Add to Cart"

Other publications relating to Treatment, Clinicians, Fotonovelas, Substance Abuse, etc., can also be ordered through the same web site.