Underage Drinking Prevention

Vision – Mission

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Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition of Madison & Rankin Counties

Vision
The Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition’s vision is to see every youth in Madison and Rankin Counties alcohol-free.

Mission
The Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition’s mission is to create a clear community consensus that underage drinking is illegal, unhealthy and unacceptable.

Past
In 2008, DREAM, Inc. and the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence of Central Mississippi (NCADD), collaborated to form the Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition of Madison and Rankin Counties (MUDPC), and was competitively selected by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (BADA) to implement the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG).

Present
NCADD has continued MUDPC ‘s mission and vision alive without SPF-SIG funding by collaborating with the MS Tobacco Free Coalition of Madison, Yazoo and Holmes Counties and with the Partnership with a Healthy MS.  The two coalitions bring awareness about the devastating effects of alcohol and tobacco (gateway drugs) to community leaders, parents, school and other professionals who have the same common goal.

Goals
1. Prevent and/or reduce underage drinking consumption of alcohol and its related consequences
2. Reduce alcohol-related expulsions and suspensions
3. Reduce DUI arrests under 21
4. Reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes/deaths

MUDPC Committees
Publicity/Event Planning
This committee’s responsibilities will include assisting MUDPC in planning, organizing and executing special events such as Alcohol Awareness month, press conferences, legislative rallies and other events; help to “get the word out” about these events through their various networks and media contacts; and review MUDPC public relations materials such as brochures, Web site and other information to provide feedback on their effectiveness. This committee will also ensure that materials are culturally competent.

Public Policy/Enforcement
This committee is responsible for analyzing local ordinances related to alcohol use and making recommendations to MUDPC about necessary changes to these ordinances in order to more effectively achieve MUDPC goals or how to actively participate in the public policy dialogue. The committee will help organize advocacy efforts or efforts designed to make policy makers aware of laws that are not supportive of underage drinking prevention.
Sustainability

This committee is responsible for assisting MUDPC in efforts to sustain its programs.  The committee will work with the Evidence-based Practices/Program committee to ensure that positive program outcomes are sustained.

Evidence-based Practices/Programs
This committee is responsible for reviewing practices and programs to be implemented by MUDPC to determine their relevance for the target population and ensuring their cultural competence and feasibility. The committee will also assist MUDPC in addressing any implementation barriers, reviewing evaluation data, ensuring youth involvement in the coalition, and identifying other practices and programs that may need to be implemented

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Funding provided by: Mississippi Department of Mental Health Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services