2006 SPF Planning Guide
See the 2006 SPF Planning Guide designed to match CSAP's Strategic Prevention Framework Five Steps.
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TAKING CHARGE: Managing Community Alcohol and Drug Risk Environments
An exciting project to help cities reduce alcohol and drug problems through a self-directed planning manual backed by technical assistance from Prevention by Design and the Community Prevention Institute. Both the technical assistance and materials are free of charge.

Concepts and methods used in the Taking Charge manual are similar to those found in two CSAP-approved best practices listed in NREPP (National Registry of Effective Prevention Programs): CMCA (Communities Mobilizing Against Alcohol) and the RHRD (Reducing High Risk Drinking) projects.

The CMCA project (School of Public Health, University of Minnesota) uses specific documentation of AOD risk environments (e.g., documentation of sales to underaged purchasers at specific alcohol outlets) to mobilize community action to require mitigations of the problems by the owner/manager of the specific risk-environment (e.g., mobilizing parents to insist on better enforcement and retailer education). Taking Charge follows this approach by elaborating it into two complementary forms of action: An alcohol/drug policy working group (APWG) composed of public agencies (see p.25 of the Action Guide) focuses the city’s (or other jurisdiction’s) authority to act, and a community coalition composed of concerned organizations, groups, and individuals (also p. 25) focus the community’s will to act. These two forces combined create a powerful resource to activate the basic mitigation concepts in CMCA.

The RHRD (Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation) uses a combination of policy and environmental management methods to discourage high-risk drinking at the community level, including local regulation of retail availability, media advocacy, responsible beverage services training, increased enforcement and community o rganizing to advocate greater oversight and local control for community alcohol availability. These policies and methods are well represented in Taking Charge, including direct links to RHRD references and resources at the Prevention Research Center, source of the RHRD approach.

One of Taking Charge’s authors, Fried Wittman, Ph.D., M.Arch., did preliminary research and helped write the RHRD proposal while on staff at Prevention Research Center 1983-1988. Dr. Wittman also consulted briefly on the CMCA project in its early stages as an NIAAA “Community Trials” project in the early 1990s.

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