In the Fall of 2011 the Georgia Strategic Prevention Systems (GASPS), through the office of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, selected the Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol (CPMA) to take part in the implementation of its Statewide Alcohol Initiative. CPMA has been asked to focus on specific geographical areas within Bartow and Polk Counties – with three goals as the focus of the initiative.
These goals include:
(1) Reducing the early onset of alcohol use among 9 to 20 year olds
(2) Reducing the access to alcohol and binge drinking among 9 to 20 year olds
(3) Reducing binge drinking among 18 to 25 year olds
The early onset of alcohol use among 9 to 20 year olds, 9 to 20 year olds having access to alcohol, and binge drinking among 18 to 25 year olds have all been identified as significant problems in Georgia. The goal of our team, along with other Georgia organizations working on this initiative, is to systematically implement a statewide multilevel strategy that assists (the targeted) communities in developing and implementing prevention programs and policies in anticipation of and in response to its citizens.
We are based in Cartersville, GA and serve both Bartow and Polk Counties.
The purpose of this blog is to provide timely, accurate, and necessary information for parents, youth, and those interested in the prevention of the misuse of alcohol. While much of the content of this blog may relate to the counties served through this initiative, all information shared will be of use to readers from a variety of communities.