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Salt Lake City Mayor’s Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Vision Statement

The Salt Lake City Mayor's Coalition is a proactive force promoting healthy life choices - creating a community free from the harm caused by alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs, is to reduce substance use and abuse among youth and adults.

Through the collaboration of our diverse membership, we advocate for evidence based practices and guide the development of policy and legislation, thereby creating a community where effective education, prevention, treatment, recovery and justice are provided without stigma.

Coalition History

The Mayor’s Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Policy Task Force was formed in April 2002 as a collaborative effort between Mayor Ross C. Anderson and concerned Salt Lake City citizens. The Task Force was charged with the mission of recommending appropriate city-level drug policy and programs with proven effectiveness to decrease death, disease, crime, and suffering and promote fiscal responsibility with taxpayer dollars.

The Task Force was made up of prevention and treatment professionals, health care professionals, city, county and state employees, religious leaders, criminal justice professionals, and community advocates. It was agreed that a comprehensive and coordinated strategy was needed to address the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on individuals, families, and communities. The Task Force presented their “Recommendations to the Mayor” in May of 2003.

Also in 2003, one of the Task Force members, Dr. Karol Kumpfer co-authored a proposal for a federal Drug-Free Communities grant. The City was listed as the fiduciary agent and a five-year grant was awarded. At that point, the Task Force began its transition into a community based Coalition. While some of the original Task Force members resigned from the group upon completion of their task, many chose to remain and continue on with the newly formed Coalition. In addition, new members continue to join us in our ongoing efforts.

The Coalition is working to reduce substance use and abuse among youth and adults, identify and advocate for best practices, strengthen community collaboration, communicate awareness of substance abuse problems and costs in our community, promote and deliver effective prevention strategies, and evaluate outcomes to support expansion and replication of effective programs.

List of Committees

1. Executive Committee – composed of the Advisory Council Chair, Vice Chair (chair elect), Past Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Chairs of the Standing Committees, and the Mayor's Chief of Staff (or designee).

2. Membership Committee – appointed by the Executive Committee and consist of not more than 5 Advisory Council members.

3. Nominating Committee - selected by the Chair and consist of at least three but not more than 5 Advisory Council members, one of whom shall be from the Membership Committee.

4. Development Committee – The duties of the Development Committee are to ensure the sustainability of the Coalition.

5. Marketing/Public Awareness Committee – The duties of the Marketing/Public Awareness Committee are to advertise Coalition activities and initiatives.

6. Community Initiatives - The duties of the Community Initiatives Committee are to coordinate and implement all Coalition initiatives in the community.

7. Inter-Faith – The duties of the Inter-Faith Committee are to develop and provide trainings/seminars for area clergy and send them pertinent information.

8. Strategic Planning – The duties of the Strategic Planning Committee are to prepare the grant reapplication, do short and long term planning for Coalition initiatives.

9. Alcohol Policy Review - The duties of the Alcohol Policy Review Committee are to review current city and state alcohol policies and make recommendations for healthy living.

*Note: All committees except the Nominating Committee are Standing Committees.