Community Partners Against Substance Abuse Coalition (CPASA)
Who We Are
Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) is a community organization with over 140 active members from all areas of the Bureau county and Putnam county community. It is our mission to reduce substance abuse among youth in Bureau and Putnam counties, and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. CPASA's overall vision is to work together to help our youth stay healthy, safe, and substance free.
What started in September 2007 as a small group meeting to study and discuss data regarding substance use in Bureau and Putnam counties has now expanded into one of the largest substance abuse coalitions in the nation. CPASA has received the Drug Free Communities Grant since 2009, which has allowed the coalition to do so much in and for the community. In efforts to accomplish our overall vision, CPASA has created a youth group called "BP Power" which exists to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse led by anti-substance abuse teen advocates and leaders in partnership with CPASA for fellow teens in the Bureau county and Putnam county community.
CPASA has been very active within the community promoting numerous projects and programs in efforts to decrease the risk of substance abuse, especially among our youth. For more information, please visit www.cpasa.org.
The dedication and passion of each member of CPASA ensures that this coalition will be active for quite some time. CPASA has representatives from a wide cross-section of the Bureau and Putnam County communities including:
- Law Enforcement
- ocal Business Community
- Youth Service Organizations
- Faith Organizations
- Fraternal Organizations
- Civic and Volunteer Groups
- Health Care Professionals
- State/Governmental Agencies
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Agencies
Beverage Alcohol Sellers & Servers Education & Training (BASSET)
CPASA offers Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Educational Training for local businesses that sell or serve alcohol. BASSET emphasizes responsible alcohol service. Every establishment that sells or serves alcohol in Bureau County, must ensure that employees are properly trained by June 2017 and every establishment that sells or serves alcohol in Bureau County must ensure that employees are properly trained by July 2018.
The goals and objectives of the B.A.S.S.E.T. Program are:
- Train and educate sellers and servers to engage in responsible alcohol service
- Spot sings of intoxication and utilize various intervention techniques
- Prevent DUIs and alcohol-related fatalities
- Stop underage sales and underage drinking
- Create safer communities and establishments where alcohol is served
- Educate owners, managers and staff on dram shop insurance, state laws, and local ordinances regarding alcohol sales and service.
Topics covered in B.A.S.S.E.T. Training
- How alcohol affects the body
- Blood alcohol concentration or BAC
- Prevention and intervention techniques
- Information about Illinois state laws and statues pertaining to alcohol service
- Proper techniques in checking ID's
- Dram Shop law and liability
Participants will receive 4 hours of instruction required for certification through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Certificates will be issued upon completion of the course. The fee to participate in this class is $25.00. The class will be given by certified B.A.S.S.E.T. instructors, which can be provided at your worksite upon request. This training can also help to reduce an establishments' liquor liability insurance.
P2D2 Prescription Pill & Drug Disposal Program
The purpose of P2D2 is to bring awareness to and educate the public about the harm done to the environment due to current prescription and nonprescription drug disposal practices. The Prescription Drug Disposal Program allows our community to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription and nonprescription medications. Please visit www.cpasa.org for disposal site locations.
Illinois Youth Survey
CPASA is an advocate for local school participation in this survey. The Illinois Youth Survey helps track risky behaviors in youth grades 6-12. The results of the survey are tremendously valuable in determining the best ways to decrease youth substance abuse in our community.
Hidden in Plain Sight
Would you be able to recognize the signs of substance abuse or depression in your child's room?
CPASA's Hidden in Plain Sight program gives adults a great insight on what warning signs they should be looking for in their child's bedroom. The program begins by having the adult (21+) participants walk through CPASA's teenage bedroom. As the participants walk through, they are told to look for what they think could be signs of substance abuse or depression. Some of the objects placed throughout room are quite obvious, while others are in fact "hidden plain sight."
Following the initial walkthrough, the participants will then experience a discussion and presentation given by the Police Chief of Princeton. This will allow participants to gain full inight on the current drug trends in our community.
Once the presentation and discussion has ended, the participants will walk through CPASA's teenage bedroom one last time. However, information cards will be placed on all of the hidden in plain sight items throughout the bedroom. These cards explain what the item is and what they are generally used for.
Many past participants have been quite shocked to realize how many items they overlooked in the initial walkthrough when they were, in fact, in plain sight.
With new drug trends constantly entering our communities, it is important to educate ourselves on these issues in order to ensure the safety and future of our children.
Upcoming CPASA Meetings and Events
CPASA meets the third Tuesday of every month at 9:30am at the Bureau County Health Department Conference Room. If you are interested in CPASA and would like to help make a difference, please contact us!