Strategies for Change

For over 10 years, SATUCI and SATUCI Youth Partners have worked to significantly improve 30-day usage rates for tobacco, alcohol, binge drinking and marijuana. The good news is that we’ve made real progress toward those goals but want to keep working to reduce underage alcohol and drug use.

See what the alcohol and drug use trends have been for the past 10 years in Marshalltown.

Approaches to achieving community change:

  1. Information:
    • Provide community information on substance abuse issues and trends using the newspaper, radio, presentations, brochures and web-based communication.
    • Educate legislators on substance abuse issues.
  2. Enhancing Skills/Education
    • Provide training for agency professionals to increase their understanding of substance abuse issues in our community and increase their skills to effectively impact these concerns.
    • Support the Life Skills prevention program in grades 5-8 in the Marshalltown School District. This prevention program is designed to increase social emotional skills and awareness of substance issues.
    • Provide training for merchants on recognizing fake ID’s and the laws regarding selling to minors.
  3. Provide Support
  4. Enhance Access/Reduce Barriers
    • Support Access to Recovery-this federally funded program is designed to work with clients in treatment to remove barriers to recovery. Read more about Recovery Month
    • Advertise Marshalltown Police Tip Line for reporting alcohol/drug activity and raise awareness on how to make a report.
    • Information and services will be made available that are culturally appropriate and available in Spanish for our growing Latino/a population.
    • The coalition will continue to support training that increases the understanding of the diverse needs of our community.
  5. Change Consequences
    • Marshalltown Police Department (MPD) in conjunction with Youth Partners is conducting compliance checks in establishments selling alcohol to ensure that they are not selling to minors. Those selling to minors are being fined and establishments who refuse to sell receive a letter of accommodation from the Police Chief.
    • MPD has increased patrols on weekends and during local festivals to monitor underage parties and alcohol related violations.
    • MPD has increased bar checks to ensure that individuals under 21 years of age are not in these establishments.
    • Provide information in the community regarding policies, laws, and ordinances in our community regarding underage use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
    • Enforce the new Social Host Ordinance making the person hosting the party legally responsible.
  6. Change Physical Design
    • Raise awareness of signage that promotes alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in our community.
    • Increase signage that raises awareness of laws regarding underage use of tobacco and alcohol by working with local merchants.
    • Increase the number of “We ID” signs in local stores selling alcohol and tobacco.
  7. Modify/Change Policies
    • Coalition members worked with local officials to pass a Social Host Ordinance which makes the host of the party responsible for supplying alcohol to underage partiers. Members will continue to promote understanding of the ordinance and review its impact.
    • We will continue to monitor ways the coalition can impact use of alcohol by minors through ordinances and/or fines.
    • Support the implementation of policies regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs at youth sites in the community.
    • Support new policies by parents regarding the use of alcohol at home through the Parents Who Host campaign.
    • Support state legislation that limits the access to alcohol and other drugs including tobacco.
  8. Change Social Norms
    • Implement community information campaigns directed at changing students’ misperception about the number of youth who are using alcohol and other drugs as well as increase perception of risk. Read more about community initiatives.
    • Implement community information campaigns directed at helping parents understand the consequences of underage use of alcohol and what they can do to make a difference.