Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spring Meeting Notes 2009

Keren Lewis talked about the 5th Annual PTSA Parent Forum: Should We Drink With Our Kids?. You can view this presentation on-line if you CLICK HERE. Melinda Pankratz spoke about the surveys having positive feedback and how effective this forum was.

Stephanie Willis, CHCCS, commended the presenters and organizers for all of the Parent Forums. Her office has received good feedback and calls for information. Two different Task Forces have been merged and new plans are in the works for more parent education programs. The NC ABC Board and Safe and Drug Free Schools continue to fund the alcohol awareness campaigns. Changes are expected because they are not getting through to every student. She feels that the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is being taken more seriously by the students. Plans are to increase the "Social Norming" efforts. Jackie Reid, the Student Assistance Counselor has been working with parents that are challanged with kids that are using. Student Resource Officers and representatives from both police departments have been meeting to keep consistency in the laws and rules shared between the schools. Policies may soon differ due to cuts in government funds, which could mean having to use outsourced programs for affected teens. One campus has seen an increase in violations which will require more surveillance. Pill usage is becoming a bigger problem. Dale spoke about launching a campaign to influence parents to lock up not only alcohol, but their drugs as well. Robin mentioned the "Operation: Medicine Cabinet". Stephanie continued about how laws need to be changed to curb the over perscribing of medications by doctors. The awareness efforts may have to be focusing more on the Middle Schools. Pam Diggs was mentioned for her involvement in the Tobacco Reality Unfiltered.

Colleen Hughes, Center for Prevention Resources spoke about the Unlimited Success program. She is currently working in prevention, stated that 20% of adolescents have tried prescription drugs and that overdoses are the second leading cause of teen deaths.

Billie J. Guthrie, Community Backyard talked about Reclaimimg Futures which is a six step model for changing the way we look at the juvenile justice system, getting teens to treatment and dealing with law violations. She also reviewed the many things the Community Backyard is involved in.

Chapel Hill Police Lt. Pat Burns reported that the Alcohol Response Team had attended a forum in Nashville that was very beneficial to all those that attended. The response team, which began in February 2009, consists of many officers from both Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police Departments who are trained and identified to be part of this task force. They patrol parties, verify bar compliances and while monitoring over-servicing, check keg control, issue violations and revisit recurring situations. They can form teams of officers on quick notice and have been very efficient. Dale interjected and commended Pat, the officers involved and the ALE. She would like to get the UNC Campus Police involved.

Dean Blackburn, Assistant Dean of Students, Community Relations also thanked the officers and other resources. He talked about the student interventions being motivators for the recidivism rates increasing. He also spoke about how Carpe Diem has positive feedback from students and is causing decreases in alcohol use. Matt Sullivan has been helpful in explaining law requirements. Surveys from the students involved reflect that 94% have decreasing alcohol use. Jenny Levering, Assistant Dean of Students, Fraternity & Sorority Life also commended the CHPD. She stated that the students have been responsive to their efforts. They have been focusing on better controls during campus celebration times (NCAA Championship, Halloween, etc.) by lessening open party activity.

Some of the other officiers spoke for Matt Sullivan about the trends in pill usage increasing and the simplicity of obtaining pharmicuticals through the internet. Also, that alcohol larceny is on the rise. Moreover, the calls that are answered for loud music and parties usually turn out to be a mix of colledge and high school students.

Joseph M. Buckner, Chief District Court Judge, Orange County spoke about his 35 years in Chapel Hill and the surrounding communities. He is familiar with the bad outcomes and that the majority of violations result in deferred prosecution. He put in a plug for the upcoming 4th Annual Unity Day at the Hargraves Center on June 29th. He spoke about the plans Gov. Perdue has to reduce funding for drug court. He spoke about North Orange County having a high truancy rate and mentioned that parents are being sited for not getting their kids to school. He feels that multiple programs helping at multiple levels is "all good" and eventually will help make a difference.

Bill from CHHS spoke about the schools budget issues affecting the Student Assistance Programs and distribution of parent information. July 3rd is the next chance to lobby the school board. There was mention of the e-mail that Steve Scgoggs sent to parents about usage and activity on campus.

A representative from the OJJDP came to get interest in the upcoming 11th Annual UDETC Leadership Conference. Please visit for more information.

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