SAMHSA News: Marijuana Oil Potency Raises Concerns for Youth

May 25, 2016

A quarterly roundup of articles from SAMHSA's continuously updated newsletter.

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Marijuana Oil Potency Raises Concerns for Youth

Marijuana oil is approximately four times more potent than smoked cannabis—a concern as youth perceptions of marijuana risk decrease.

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National Effort Addresses Early Psychosis

Changes in state Mental Health Block Grant funding result in targeted efforts to address early psychosis. Learn how these programs are providing support.

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New Regulations for E-Cigarettes

New U.S. Food and Drug Administration rule will regulate e-cigarettes and other smoking products as "tobacco products," prohibiting sales to anyone under the age of 18.

Registration Open: 2016 CDBG-DR Environmental Review Webinar - June 29, 2016 at 2 PM EDT

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Registration Open: 2016 CDBG-DR Environmental Review Webinar - June 29, 2016 at 2 PM EDT

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a series of webinars for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees that covers the basics of the program. New CDBG-DR grantees are strongly encouraged to attend these webinars and will be given priority, should the registrations exceed capacity.
The following topics will be covered in this series:
  • Overview of CDBG-DR
  • CDBG-DR Action Plans, Citizen Participation, and Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
  • CDBG-DR Program Planning, Administration and Activity Delivery
  • Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting System (DRGR)
  • Duplication of Benefits
  • Subrecipient Management
  • Environmental Review

Who Should Attend?

This webinar series is designed for new CDBG-DR and National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) grantee staff. This webinar series is a basic overview of the requirements and key topics listed above. As more space permits, partners such as subrecipients, developers, and more seasoned CDBG-DR staff may attend.
Please join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time to ensure that the GoToWebinar platform is downloaded and working properly.

Schedule of Webinar Deliveries

Registration is now open for the webinar delivery below.
Webinar Title Date Registration
2016 CDBG-DR: Environmental Review Webinar June 29, 2016
2:00 PM EDT
Register Now
For a full schedule of the webinars in the series, please visit the 2016 CDBG-DR Webinar Series page

Registering for the 2016 CDBG-DR Environmental Review Webinar

Access the registration page below and then select Register Now on the right side of the page.
If you have not yet registered for an HUD Exchange Learn account:
Create an Account on the HUD Exchange

  1. Go to the HUD Exchange (
  2. Click Login to My HUD Exchange.
  3. Click Create an Account.
  4. Fill out the form, and click the Create Account button.
    Your account has been created. You will receive a confirmation email
If you have already registered for an HUD Exchange Learn account:
  1. Enter your Username and Password; select Log in
  2. If prompted to fill out additional information, please do so, and select Update
  3. You will be brought directly to the course detail page in HUD Exchange Learn
  4. Select the checkbox next to the class name and location and then select Enroll in this Class
If you are unsure if you have an HUD Exchange Learn account:
  • Go to the HUD Exchange Login page, and enter your email address into the field: Forget Username or Password?
  • If a username for that email address already exists, you will receive an email with a temporary password that you can use to follow the steps above. If not, you’ll receive an error message.

Training Series Point of Contact

CDBG-DR Webinar Series Registrar |
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Training and Events.

Farewell Dr. Fischer

We are sad to announce that Dr. Pamela Fischer will be retiring from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the end of May. In addition to her many other responsibilities, Dr. Fischer has been the federal project officer for the SOAR Technical Assistance Center since 2011. Before entering federal service, Dr. Fischer worked as an epidemiologist and anthropologist at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the relationship between homelessness and mental health. Her publications on homelessness guided a generation of researchers, activists, and clinicians with her insights and observations.

Dr. Fischer has been a long-time supporter of SOAR and was instrumental in facilitating SOAR collaborations with USICH, SSA, Veterans Affairs, and SAMHSA's Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy. We'll greatly miss her leadership and expertise and wish her well in retirement.