As federal and state funding levels permit, the Vermont Department of Health plans to continue supporting prevention of underage drinking through grants to community organizations and schools. In addition, support of policies and enforcement practices that limit access to alcohol for underage Vermonters (e.g., minimum legal drinking age of 21, zero tolerance law for drivers under the age of 21, the Vermont Department of Liquor Control compliance check program, etc.).
As a follow-up to the SPF-SIG mentioned above, the Partnerships for Success II initiative is under way. It also targets underage drinking and underage binge drinking. Evaluation results for this grant will not be available until at least 2016, but by directly supporting evidenced-based programs, practices, and policies, the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs at the Vermont Department of Health expects to further reduce rates of both underage drinking and underage binge drinking.
Ongoing programs and grants include:
- Community Grants
- Partnerships for Success II Grants
- School-Based Substance Abuse Services
- ParentUp campaign