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Programs to Prevent Substance use, Enrich Lives, and 

Transform Communities

Hope’s Hands Programs

Hope’s Hands - Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition in Owenton, Kentucky has programs to help individuals adopt healthy coping mechanisms that will prevent substance use.


Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition

The Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition provides a monthly setting where sector members gather to collaborate and create policies, procedures, and initiatives for addressing youth substance use and abuse in Owen County.

Owen County Youth Services Center

Our mission is to enhance students' abilities to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote early learning and successful transition into school, academic achievement and well-being, and graduation and transition into adult life. Our offices are located in Maurice Bowling Middle School and Owen County High School. We serve students in grades 5-12 and their families. 

Power Pack Program

The Power Pack Program is a weekly, take-home food program for children in Owen County Schools. Our mission is to meet the needs of children by providing them with nutritious and easy to prepare food to take home on the weekends and school vacations when other resources are 

not available.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a program that ​mails out free books for children each month, from birth up until they are 5 years old. These are high-quality books that are chosen by experts in the education field and are based on the child's age.

This program's mission is to foster a love of learning in children, making the experience fun and meaningful. Since its conception in 1995, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has grown to be available in over 1,600 local communities and sends free books to over 1 million children.


Time Commitment

  • Monthly Coalition meetings (1-2 hours per meeting)
  • Task Force meetings (periodically)
  • Attend in-state and out-of-state training and workshops (periodically and as able).

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to improving the lives of youth in Owen County
  • Knowledge of Owen County and its people
  • Enthusiasm
  • Resourcefulness

Serving as a member of the Coalition will provide you with the opportunities to:

  • Have fun and be part of a group making long-term positive impacts in the community.
  • Broaden your knowledge and skills to promote healthy behaviors through in-state and out-of-state training and workshops.
  • Work with other community members who are also passionate about the health and safety of young people.

Sector Roles

Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition is comprised of 12 different community sectors. Each sector brings an unique perspective and  approach to preventing substance use.  The diverse members are responsible for carrying out the goals and objectives as designated by the coalition, developing and implementing task force projects, and providing  the necessary support to carry out the work of the coalition and its task forces. 

How the Coalition Benefits the 12 Sectors It Is Comprised Of

Youth and Young Adults

  • Make a positive impact in the community while building a resume for future employment or further education
  • Gain experience building relationships and working with other members and organizations in the community


  • Gain new perspectives and ideas
  • Access parenting resources
  • Increase awareness of substance use trends among youth

Business Community 

  • Equip employers with additional tools to provide a healthy and safe environment for customers and employees
  • Network with others
  • Access prevention education and resources proven to reduce tardiness and absenteeism among employees


  • Gain insights on what is important to community members
  • Stay informed on local events, prevention efforts, and outcomes
  • Communicate prevention messages to the community

Faith Community 

  • Increase awareness of substance abuse issues faced by our community
  • Equip leaders with additional tools to help address substance use with youth and families
  • Access data and local resources to better serve our community

State and Local Government

  • Network to share information and maximize efficient use of resources
  • Locate funding for prevention projects
  • Promote the health, safety, and well-being of community members


  • Access funding, training, and technical assistance for evidence-based prevention curriculum proven to improve academic performance and attendance
  • Apply community-level data on substance use trends to strengthen school policies and procedures
  • Network with others who serve youth to share information and maximize efficient use of resources

Youth-Serving Organizations

  • Inform others of your programs and services
  • Network to share information and resources
  • Receive resources, technical assistance, and training for evidence-based prevention programming
  • Increase awareness of substance use trends among youth

Law Enforcement, Justice, and Corrections

  • Network to share information on community resources, and work to maximize efficient use of resources
  • Increase awareness of substance use trends
  • Be informed on best practices for prevention

Civic and Volunteer Groups

  • Collaborate with individuals who provide other perspectives and ideas
  • Network to share information and make a difference in our communities
  • Gain an understanding of youth culture and substance use trends


  • Promote health in the community through knowledge and application of outcome-based prevention models
  • Gain additional tools to identify and address substance abuse in your practice
  • Stay informed on community prevention efforts
  • Follow a public health model to make change to environmental change to the community

Other People and Organizations

  • Access data for grant writing and reporting purposes
  • Network with others to share information and maximize efficient use of resources
  • Advocate for those you serve and empower them to make healthy choices

Volunteer Opportunities for Sector Members 

Meeting the Needs Ministry

Goal: To help those in need of food, clothing, and other spiritual needs.

Hours of Operation: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Volunteers are needed to help pack bags for the backpack program, pass out commodities once a month, and to help anyone who comes in with a need during open hours. Volunteers of all ages are welcome; however, it may require physical activity.

If you are interested in volunteering with Meeting the Needs, please contact Becky Gibson at 502-484-4018.

Owen County Senior Citizen Center

Goal: Thrives to keep senior citizens active.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Volunteers are needed to help with housekeeping, landscaping, and keeping the senior citizens company by engaging them in conversations or games such as bingo. At the senior citizen center, there are lots of laughs, food, and fellowship. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Owen County Senior Citizen Center, please contact Stacey Long at 502-484-3139 or

Genesis Healthcare (Owenton Manor)

Mission: To improve the lives we touch through the delivery of high-quality healthcare and everyday compassion.

Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Volunteers are welcome to visit with residents, read to the residents, and assist with games or other activities. Many residents do not have family in the area and having a visitor always brightens their day and makes them feel loved. Volunteers are recommended to be at least 14 years of age and some activities may be physical.

If you are interested in volunteering at Genesis Healthcare, please contact Teresa Perry or Rachele Kramer at 502-484-5721.

Owen County Public Library

Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM and Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Volunteers can be middle-school aged students or adults. Volunteers are needed to help set up or work the different programs the Library hosts.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Owen County Public Library, please contact Jennifer Chancery at 502-484-3450 or

Owen County Fair Board

Goal: To offer activities, events, and the county fair for the community.

Hours of Operation: As scheduled

Volunteers are needed to help clean the fairgrounds and the park the week before the fair. Volunteers may also help set up for the fair or work concessions the week of the fair. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Owen County Fair Board, please contact them by calling 502-484-5598.

Coalition Initiatives

Dinner Table Project

The Dinner Table Project was created by Four Rivers Behavioral Health Regional Prevention Center in 2015 with the basic idea that families that eat together, have better relationships. If children have better relationships with their parents and siblings, they are less likely to try drugs and alcohol. Then we found out that the children of families that share meals together also have better academic performance, higher self-esteem, a greater sense of resilience, lower risk of teen pregnancy, lower risk of depression, lower rates of obesity, and a lower likelihood of developing an eating disorder! We also wanted to incorporate the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets that young people need to succeed. Through the years, The Dinner Table Project has changed but the core has stayed the same. We encourage families to eat together at least once a week with no electronics!


NorthKey Community Care prints copies of the monthly newsletter and the newsletters are dispersed at Rebel Marketplace food pantries, and community wide food distributions.

Time Frame: Newsletter are sent out monthly all year long 

How you can be involved: Volunteer at the food distributions and pantries to hand out the newsletters, share the newsletters on your social media accounts, think of other places to distribute to the community, implement the project in your own home 

General Prevention Education and Training

The Coalition provides general and specific prevention education to community members at community events, school functions, and through email and social media. The Coalition also sends out opportunities to attend training to educate Coalition and community members how to be most effective in making sustainable change.

Time Frame: Education is provided daily and as requested. Trainings are provided as needed and as available. 

How you can be involved: Volunteer to disperse information, take information to your own work place to distribute, distribute through email and social media to friends and coworkers

Red Ribbon Week

Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign™.


Time Frame: Red Ribbon Week is October 23rd-31st annually

How you can be involved: Communities Can...

1.Contact your elected officials about issuing a proclamation declaring Red Ribbon Week in your community.

2.Invite elected and government officials to participate in Red Ribbon Week activities.
3.Display a basket of red ribbons in the reception area of your organization for visitors to take, along with copies of the Red Ribbon Week fact card.
4.Display red ribbons on the interior and exterior surfaces of your organization’s building.
5.Sponsor a special drug abuse prevention seminar for the community. Invite a speaker who is an expert on drug prevention and invite the community to attend.
6.Submit a public service announcement about Red Ribbon Week activities to your local radio station.
7.Sponsor an in-service educational program for your employees and community leaders.
8.Organize a drug prevention awareness fair. Invite local nonprofit organizations to participate by staffing exhibit booths, disseminating educational materials, offering free health screenings, and much more.
9.Set up and staff an exhibit table at a local hospital, doctor’s office, community center, or shopping center to promote Red Ribbon Week and to distribute drug prevention information and materials.
10.Post fact sheets and Red Ribbon Week event notices and other materials on community webpages, and on bulletin boards in libraries, hospitals, local churches, synagogues, gymnasiums, grocery stores, parks and recreation departments, health clinics, universities, and other public places. 

Schools Can ...

1.Wear red ribbons and distribute them to your friends, family, volunteers, staff, and employees.

2.Sponsor a Red Ribbon Week activity (e.g., fun run; bike-a-thon; bookmark, poster, or essay contest; classroom door decorating contest).

3.Incorporate drug prevention facts and tips in your school-wide announcements and websites throughout Red Ribbon Week. Create a bulletin board display about Red Ribbon Week and post it in a high traffic area of your school.

4.Have a Red Ribbon Rally with performances by local talent or school groups.

5.Have a school assembly (everyone can wear red) and invite a law enforcement officer to speak about the dangers of drug abuse.

6.Do a drug prevention and refusal skills presentation for your classmates.

7.Promote Red Ribbon Week at your school's sporting events by handing out red ribbons, providing information about Red Ribbon Week, and having parents and students take a drug-free pledge.

8.Sponsor an in-service training on drug prevention education for school administrators, teachers, counselors, nurses, and other staff.

9.Start a Red Ribbon Week Club that meets regularly to promote drug prevention throughout the year.

10.Sponsor a health fair and invite health and safety workers from the community to provide educational materials to students and parents.

In the Workplace ...

1.Have employees wear red

2.Display red ribbon posters

3.Support local school Red Ribbon activities

4.Display a basket of Red Ribbons in your reception area for visitors

5.Post fact sheets and Red Ribbon Week event notices throughout your building/office

Within Faith Communities ...

1.Organize activities for youth groups

2.Get involved with youth organizations, i.e., scouts, 4H

3.Pass out anti-drug use literature at services

4.Include information about non-drug use in sermons

5.Include anti-drug use information in bulletins

National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week (NPW) is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day.

NPW culminates in May recognizing the important work that has been done in communities throughout the year to inspire action and prevent substance use and mental disorders. 

Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.


Time Frame: In the month of May, annually

How you can be involved: Raise awareness of substance use and mental health issues, implement prevention strategies, and showcase effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs; Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.

Anonymous Tipline

The Coalition supports the usage of the anonymous tip line where community members can report underage drinking and drug activity. The tip line is managed by the city hall.

Tip line #: 502-514-7082

Time Frame: Ongoing 

How you can be involved: Anonymously report suspected drug activity, share the tip line with friends and family, share the tip line information on your social media 

Not in My House Campaign

Beginning in 2020, the Alcohol Task Force of the Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition kicked off the Not in My House Campaign to help change perceptions and assumptions related to underage alcohol use. The Not in My House Campaign originated in North Dakota, and is currently implemented in Campbell, Grant, Pendleton, and Kenton counties by our partners in prevention.

We will be sharing social media and news messaging with the primary goal of reducing youth social access to alcohol by raising awareness about social host liability and related misperceptions surrounding underage drinking. The best way to approach the issues of underage drinking is for citizens to work in a coordinated effort with their local community leaders, youth, law enforcement, and governmental agencies to change the environment that contributes to the problem.

People’s behavior is shaped by their environment, so if we are to change behavior, we are able to change the environment.

Time Frame: Campaign will begin in March and run until the end of August to provide consistent information during Prom Season and Summer. Both are times when youth are more likely to engage in risky activities.

How you can be involved: Volunteer at the food distributions and pantries to hand out education, follow the Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition Facebook page and share #notinmyhouse information on your own social media accounts, help sticker milk at community distributions and local stores, make sure your local alcohol retailer is checking ids, lock up your alcohol and do not provide it to youth or those under the age of 21, talk with your own family about alcohol and the consequences of it, educate yourself on social host ordinances speak with your local police department, council members, and community members about the importance of a social host ordinance. 

(Coalition has provided Social Host information at community wide food distribution to over 400 people. If you would like more information please email me at or Information can be found at 

Sticker Shock Campaign

A Sticker Shock Campaign is a project where the community, youth and alcohol retailers all work together to combat minors getting access to alcohol. With these sectors partnering, they create a message, which is then printed onto stickers and placed on products in stores. 

Because Owen County is a moist county and does not have many alcohol retailers selling package liquor we have developed creative ways to share the message to not serve alcohol to minors, including but not limited to placing stickers on milk to remind parents that youth often have the easiest access to alcohol in their own home.


Time Frame: The Sticker Shock Campaign will begin in March and run until the end of August to coincide with the #notinmyhouse campaign. 

How you can be involved: Volunteer to sticker alcohol and milk, follow the Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition Facebook page and share #notinmyhouse and sticker shock information on your own social media accounts, lock up your alcohol and do not provide it to youth or those under the age of 21, talk with your own family about alcohol and the consequences of it, educate yourself on social host ordinances speak with your local police department, council members, and community members about the importance of a social host ordinance.  

Implementing a Social Host Ordinance

The alcohol task force of the Coalition is working to pass a social host ordinance in Owen County. Social Host Ordinances hold adults (social hosts) responsible for underage drinking events on property they own, lease or otherwise control. More Information can be found at

Time Frame: Implementing a social host ordinance is an ongoing process 

How you can be involved: Advocate for a social host ordinance, lock up your alcohol and do not provide it to youth or to those under the age of 21, talk with your own family about alcohol and the consequences of it, educate yourself on social host ordinances speak with your local police department, council members, and community members about the importance of a social host ordinance. 

Tobacco Free Owen County

The Coalition encourages all Owen County business to be tobacco free indoors. The Tobacco Task Force of the Coalition in partnership with Three Rivers District Health Department has collected information on business policies of tobacco usage indoors and will continue to gauge community opinion of a smoke free indoor ordinance of businesses.

Time Frame: It is projected that Owen County will be tobacco free indoors by 2022

How you can be involved: Advocate for state smoke free policy in Owen County among public places by getting signed petitions, changing policies within local businesses and restaurants, and getting systems in place, participate in trainings to reduce tobacco use, educate yourself on why we should go smoke free *


National Drug Take Back Day

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - a record amount of prescription drugs. 

Time Frame: National Drug Take Back Days are held annually in April and in October 

How you can be involved: Take your unused prescription drugs to city hall to be properly disposed of. Participate in the national drug take back days and share Take Back Day information on your social media 

Medication Lock Box Distribution 

NorthKey Community Care purchased lock boxes for our Coalition to distribute. With youth being at home more there is a greater need to keep prescription medications locked up and out of the wrong hands. 

Lock boxes were distributed at the Rebel Marketplace food pantry and approx. 60 were given away on August 11, 2020. It was shared on Social Media that we would deliver lock boxes to the Owen County Community. 

Time Frame: Lock Boxes will be distributed as requested while supplies last. 

How you can be involved: Think of new ways for boxes to be distributed, volunteer to deliver boxes to families who ask for one, share fb post on your own social media accounts, educate others as to why it is important to lock up medications * 

Tobacco Retail Underage Sales (TRUST) Compliance Check

The Tobacco Retail Underage Sales (TRUST) Compliance Check Program is designed to promote the community norm of not selling tobacco to minors. By using rapid and public rewards and recognition for clerks and retailers/outlets that do not sell tobacco to minors, the TRUST Compliance Check Program aims to reduce illegal sales of tobacco, perceived access to tobacco, and tobacco use prevalence rates.

At the core of the program is the use of investigative aides, teams of youth who, with parental permission and under the supervision of a law enforcement officer, enter stores and try to buy tobacco products. They provide immediate recognition and rewards, such as gift certificates, to clerks who do the "right thing" and give reminders to those who do not.

The program works to reinforce and recreate positive behaviors as a means of reducing negative behaviors, such as illegal tobacco sales to minors, or youth tobacco use. Tobacco retailers who do not sell tobacco products to underage youth are publicly congratulated through newspaper articles or web sites to promote the positive norm.

State Compliance Check results can be found at this website. * 

Time Frame: Compliance Checks will be conducted between March and June annually 

How you can be involved: Donate rewards to complying tobacco retailers, volunteer to write a recognition article for the local News Herald, encourage tobacco retailers to always card, participate in the compliance check process. 

SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)

In partnership with Northern Kentucky University, Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition, NorthKey, Triad and Owen County Health Department, the Owen County School District is participating in an opportunity to address Substance Use Disorder by providing SBIRT. 

SBIRT is screening for substance abuse, brief intervention and referral to treatment (depending on the severity of the substance abuse). The CRAFFT, which is a six-question survey, is the screener used in SBIRT. The CRAFFT was developed by Harvard University and first used by primary care physicians and Boston Children’s Hospital. 

To date, the CRAFFT has been given to over 30,000 adolescents. The purpose of SBIRT is to decrease substance abuse and provide resources to help adolescents reduce the use of drugs and/or alcohol. No information from the SBIRT will be placed in your child’s education file and only trained personnel will have access to the results. SBIRT will be to high school students. 

The CRAFFT will only be given once each school year and any student can refuse to participate. Only students who have guardian permission will be allowed to participate in SBIRT. Passive consent (opt out) will be used. 

Annual Training Opportunities

Kentucky Prevention Network

Mission-The Kentucky Prevention Network (KPN) promotes substance use/misuse prevention, collaboration, training, education, advocacy and networking.

Goals-1. To support and advocate for effective alcohol, tobacco and other substance use/misuse prevention strategies, resources and programs. 2.To promote collaboration among prevention professionals, volunteers, community members and others in the interest of healthy lifestyles.3. To enhance the image of prevention as a viable strategy to reduce substance use/misuse.4. To advocate for upstream prevention practices and evident informed strategies throughout Kentucky.

Time Frame: Conference is held in September annually

How you can be involved: Request to attend on behalf of the Coalition. Coalition representatives will be chosen by executive board. 

National Prevention Network 

The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.


Time Frame: Conference is held in August annually 

How you can be involved: Request to attend on behalf of the Coalition. Coalition representatives will be chosen by executive board. 

CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, about 5 kilometers from the nation’s capital, is the leading U.S. substance abuse prevention organization, representing over 5,000 community-based coalitions across the United States and in 22 countries who work to create safe, healthy, and drug-free communities. CADCA assists communities by providing the support they need to become stronger, more effective and better able to sustain population-level reductions in substance abuse rates and related problems.

CADCA recognizes that drug use and abuse is a multi-dimensional public health challenge that demands comprehensive, coordinated solutions. CADCA’s approach engages parents, youth, educators, law enforcement and justice officials, civic leaders, workplaces, the faith community, health professionals, and other key sectors to leverage resources and coordinate strategies that impact the entire community. 

CADCA’s primary activities involve public policy advocacy, training events and conferences, youth leadership programs, technical assistance and the development of print and electronic resources in key languages.


  • CADCA’s National Leadership Forum- CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers.
    • Time Frame: Conference is held in February annually at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center.
    • How you can be involved: Request to attend on behalf of the Coalition. Coalition representatives will be chosen by executive board. 
  • CADCA’s Mid-Year Training- Held for four days each summer, the Mid-Year Training Institute offers in-depth, interactive training sessions geared specifically for community coalition leaders and staff. The Mid-Year also includes two levels of training for the National Youth Leadership Initiative activities (Key Essentials and Advanced).
    • Time Frame: Conference is held in July annually at rotating Gaylord Hotel and Convention Centers 
    • How you can be involved: Request to attend on behalf of the Coalition. Coalition representatives will be chosen by executive board. 

Sports Coaches’ Training

In April a survey was sent to current Owen County Middle and High School Sports Coaches to gauge their opinion of alcohol use among athletes and to identify whether they have had training in their role as a coach to encourage prevention. The data from the survey was shared with the Coalition at the May Zoom Meeting, May 19, 2020.

The survey identified that the majority have not received formal educational training on how to address alcohol and substance use among their athletes or how their role can influence prevention.

The Coordinator reached out to PreventionFirst in Cincinnati for them to develop a training for Coaches to watch via Zoom. Training will be scheduled in September 2020. Coordinator has reached out to both athletic directors and principals about bringing the training to the coaches. 

A coaches’ play book for talking to athletes about drug will be given to them as well. 

Time Frame: A Virtual Training will be held in September 2020 and then offered annually in September in the following years. 

How you can be involved: Encourage coaches to watch the training and talk with them about the importance of their role as a coach and how they are to be a role model, invite coaches to be a part of the Coalition 

Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (STAR)

Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (STAR) is a responsible beverage server training course developed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control.

• STAR is Kentucky specific regarding alcohol laws

• STAR is accepted statewide

• The course is $40 per person

• Certification is valid for three years

• Class is three hours

• Online Classes are available in Spanish

• Duplicate STAR Certificates are available for a $25 fee.


• Educating licensees regarding valid and fake identifications

• Reducing illegal alcohol sales to minors

• Reducing sales to persons who are already intoxicated

• Promoting responsible consumption

• Providing information to sellers and servers to protect themselves from third-party liability lawsuits

• Educating licensees and servers about Kentucky liquor laws

The Coalition pays for local alcohol retailer servers to stay up to date on Responsible Beverage Server Training developed by the Alcohol Beverage Control. The Coalition will pay for up to 6 employees per establishment to be trained per year. * 

Time Frame: The Coalition reaches out to local alcohol retailers to see if all alcohol serving employees are currently up to date on STAR training. Contacts are made in March and September. 

How you can be involved: Encourage local alcohol establishments to stay up to date on STAR training, if you work for an alcohol serving establishment make sure you have been trained.

TRUST (Tobacco Retailer Underage Sales Training)

The Substance Abuse Prevention Program of the Division of Behavioral Health, along with its partners, the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program of the Department for Public Health and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, have developed a Tobacco Retailer Education Program called Tobacco Retailer Underage Sales Training (TRUST).

Unlike other tobacco retailer training programs, TRUST is offered free of charge in both online and face-to-face training formats. TRUST includes information specific to Kentucky, as well as the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) federal tobacco laws. 

According to FDA guidance documents, having store employees trained through a program such as TRUST that follows FDA training guidelines could reduce fines to store owners if they were found in violation of federal tobacco laws. * 

Time Frame: The Coalition reaches out to local alcohol retailers to see if all tobacco serving employees are currently up to date on TRUST training. Contacts are made in March and September. 

How you can be involved: Advocate for all Owen County tobacco retailers’ employees to be trained, Volunteer to call tobacco retailers to see if all tobacco serving employees are trained and if not connect them with the resources to be trained.

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