Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention, through the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors, applied for and received the Iowa Partnerships for Success grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The initial project period is from February 1, 2015 to September 29, 2015 with up to four additional years of funding available to reduce underage drinking and youth binge drinking with 12 to 20 year olds.
Utilizing the SPF process, Allamakee County will implement at least three environmental strategies and at least one individual strategy to address underage drinking.
The Partnerships for Success grant is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Center of Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
The strategies Allamakee County will utilize to reduce underage drinking and underage binge drinking are:
Compliance Checks of Alcohol Retailers
A compliance check is a tool to identify liquor license holders that sell alcohol to underage youth. Focusing compliance check efforts on establishments which may illegally sell or serve alcohol to underage youth, will virtually eliminate underage youth from drinking in bars and taverns.
Social Host/Recovery Cost Liability
Social Host ordinances give communities a tool for holding adults accountable for hosting underage drinking parties. When law enforcement officials arrive on the scene of an underage drinking party, it is often difficult to determine who provided the alcohol. Therefore, with a social host liability, the focus is on where the party took place, rather than who provided the alcohol. Allamakee County is looking to build on the state Social Host law, by implementing stricter fines and recovery costs for multiple law enforcement agencies having to respond to the party.
Responsible Beverage Service Training
Responsible Beverage Service Training (RBST) is an approach to reducing alcohol related problems associated with retail alcohol sales by educating merchants and their employees about strategies to avoid illegally selling alcohol to underage youth or intoxicated patrons.
Project Northland/PowerLines is a multilevel intervention involving students, peers, parents and the community in a program that delays the age at which adolescents begin drinking, reduces alcohol use among those already drinking, and limits the number of alcohol-related problems among young drinkers. ASAP will be implementing this program in the 8th grade classes in Allamakee County school districts.
IDPH Media Campaign
The Iowa Department of Public Health will again utilize the "What Do You Throw Away When You Drink" media campaign. In 2016 IDPH introduced a new format of the campaign, utilizing cans, however, the bottlecaps (used during SPF SIG) will still be used during IPFS.