Partnership to Prevent Risky Behavior
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:
- Parties in the Lee’s Summit area are leading to risky drinking among some 12-18 year olds in the Lee’s Summit CARES service area.
- Noncompliance with alcohol laws by Lee’s Summit alcohol retailers is leading to risky drinking among some 12-18 year olds in the
Lee’s Summit CARES service area.
- Some Lee’s Summit students are not bonding to school, which indicates that they are at risk for underage drinking and other
risky behaviors, such as binge drinking.
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.