Our coalition is actively working on 26 strategies aimed at reducing the incident of underage drinking, cannabis, tobacco and other drug use among local youth. Through county and federal funding – and a group of dedicated volunteers – we implement community initiatives following an environmental prevention strategy.
RAISING THE BAR
The Raising the Bar campaign aims to elevate kids’ experience in youth-oriented programs by changing the social norms around the consumption of alcohol and other substances. Parents, program directors, and community members work together to promote healthy choices and keep youth events substance-free.
Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act which went into effect in January 2018, gives each individual jurisdiction control over the types of cannabis activity they allow in their community. The coalition works to educate policymakers and the community on the public health impacts that can result from commercialized cannabis.
In response to the vaping epidemic among youth, the Marin County Board of Supervisors passed a flavored tobacco and vaping products ban in November 2018. The coalition works closely with Smoke-Free Marin and Marin Health and Human Services to spread awareness to other communities in support of similar bans. As a result of the efforts of our Youth Advisory Council and other volunteers – Corte Madera, San Anselmo, Larkspur and San Rafael all passed flavor bans without exemptions in 2019.
Parent Education and Support
Every year MHY Partnerships joins the Marin County Office of Education in distributing nearly 3,000 Community of Concern booklets to incoming freshman parents throughout the county.
Coalition staff and members participate in ongoing training opportunities to increase coalition capacity. Coalition staff completed the CADCA National Coalition Academy training in 2018 and they complete cultural sensitivity training annually. Staff and several coalition members also completed Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training in April 2019.