The Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol program (CMCA) is designed to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors (persons under 21 years of age). This program addresses the strategic goal of reducing the impact of incarceration on the community by providing substance abuse interventions to targeted populations through crime reduction techniques.
The targets for the CMCA program include
- Minors within Somerset County who attempt to purchase alcohol,
- Merchants within Somerset County who sell alcohol,
- Specific communities within Somerset County that have been identified as areas of suspected underage drinking during parties and other social gatherings.
The CMCA program serves as an intervention for those minors engaging in underage drinking through, compliance checks, party patrols, shoulder tap operations and checkpoints conducted by MSP and MNRP. The CMCA program gives support to merchants who sell alcohol by providing updated drivers licenses and identification guides.
Since it’s inception, the CMCA program has been achieving its intented goals by:effectively:
- ·Increasing the number of alcohol sales compliance checks completed annually.
- ·Decreasing the number of alcohol related citations to youth annually.
- ·Increasing the number of alcohol selling merchants who are in compliance with regulations for alcohol sales.
- ·Increasing the percent of alcohol selling merchants who receiving education packets and/or ID booklets regarding underage drinking laws
The program is directed by a CMCA Coordinator who recruits community members to serve on the Somerset County CMCA Task Force. CMCA Taskforce members determine what factors contribute to the availability of alcohol to minors in Somerset County and enact strategies.