Partnership to Prevent Risky Behavior

Our Mission:

To prevent underage drinking in Lee’s Summit by creating awareness, educating parents and youth, encouraging enforcement of current laws and creation of new policies where needed.

In 2004 Lee's Summit CARES formed the Partnership to Prevent Risky Behavior coalition as a result of the opportunity to participate in the Community Trials Initiative (CTI) grant. Representation on the coalition is from many sectors of the community; law enforcement, education, faith, parents, youth, business, PTA, local government and health care.

The CTI Grant funded enforcement initiatives such as Compliance Checks and Party Patrols. It also funded Alcohol Retailer Training and a community awareness campaign Those Who Host Lose the Most.

Lee's Summit CARES was fortunate to be awarded the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) immediately after the CTI grant ended in September 2006. The intent of SPF SIG is to reduce risky drinking (binge and underage) in the age group twelve to twenty-five. As a result of an extensive needs assessment performed at the beginning of this grant the coalition chose the following intervening variables as priorities:

In 2009, Lee's Summit CARES received the Drug Free Community (DFC) Grant. This was a five year grant up for a competitive renewal in 2014. The DFC funding has allowed Lee's Summit CARES to focus on alcohol, prescription drugs and marijuana use by minors. Some of the funding is used by the Lee's Summit Police Department for the enforcement of compliance checks and party patrols. Additional funds are used for awareness, education and marketing. Members of the committee are individuals who are concerned about the dangers of youth substance in our community. Currently the Coalition is focused on educating the community regarding the repercussions of legalizing medicinal marijuana.

If you are interested in joining, please call Monica Meeks at 816-347-3202.