At Sheridan City Hall last night, about 30 people came to hear a presentation on how prevention efforts have been taking place in the past few years around the state of Wyoming regarding underage drinking. Mike Vercauteren is the Service Director for the Wyoming Prevention Technical Assistance Consortium. He explains the purpose of the gathering.
The presenters used Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant information in their talk. The new Strategic Prevention Framework presents a step-by-step process that empowers communities to identify and implement the most effective prevention efforts for their specific needs. It also includes feedback to ensure accountability and effectiveness of the program effort.
Some of the steps communities around the state have taken toward preventing underage drinking: Goshen County's fair board designated specific areas where drinking of alcohol is allowed; Evanston unanimously approved an ordinance to remove alcohol sales through drive-up windows; Lander no longer allows dispensing of alcohol on parade floats during their 4th of July parade; a Fremont County judge requires beverage server training for a business that failed a compliance check; and in Carbon County, judges will require mandatory beverage server training for bartenders fined for serving alcohol to minors. These are just a few of many changes all 23 counties are making on an ongoing basis to implement effective results.
Thursday night's event was hosted by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention of Sheridan County, known as ASAP. While the meeting focused on efforts around the state, on Tuesday, March 23rd, another Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention will focus solely on Sheridan County. That will be held in the C-Tel Presentation Hall beginning at 6 pm, and concerned parents, businesspeople and other community members are invited to attend. We will have details about it in the coming days.