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January 31, 2014


SAMHSA seeking host institutions for Town Hall Meetings  

The first 300 IHEs to register will be offered a $500 planning stipend from SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has announced its 2014 Town Hall Meetings initiative to help educate communities about underage drinking and engage them in its evidence-based prevention. SAMHSA is partnering with key constituency organizations, such as HACU, and existing statewide higher education coalitions to identify and engage Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) and campus/community coalitions as Town Hall Meeting (THM) hosts.

HACU-Member Institutions interested in participating should send an email with contact information (campus name; contact name/e-mail/phone/address). On the email, please indicate that your institution is a HACU member. SAMHSA will send invitations for online registration to institutions selected to be a 2014 THM hosting site. Please send email as follows:



Subject Line: HACU member institution for 2014 Town Hall meeting

These events should be held between March and June 2014. The first 300 IHEs to register will be offered a $500 planning stipend from SAMHSA. Registered events will appear in a searchable registry of national events. SAMHSA also is providing free online training and other information to support solution-focused events.

Town Hall Meetings can promote faculty and student involvement, campus support/policy/enforcement, community partnership, and compliance with biennial Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act review requirements. A number of IHEs (e.g., Drexel University; Southern Illinois University; University of California, Santa Barbara; Washington State University; and William Paterson University) participated in the 2012 round of SAMHSA-sponsored Town Hall Meetings.