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Underage Drinking

Prevention Services

Schaumburg, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, and
Elk Grove Village

The Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (also known as STOP-ACT) initiative is to reduce the alcohol use rate and contributing factors for 8th-12th graders by targeting parents and adults, supporting the enforcement of local Social Host Ordinances, advocating for school participation in the Illinois Youth Survey, and more.

The STOP- ACT initiative serves the villages of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Elk grove Village with funding awarded to Kenneth Young Center from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (PHS Act (42 U.S.C. 290bb-25b) Section 5198). 


STOP-ACT utilize the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) and local data for data-driven decision-making and implementation of evidence-based environmental strategies. Staff work with the community coalition (Communities for Positive Youth Development [CPYD]) to implement all components of the initiative in a culturally competent and sustainable manner using the Strategic Prevention Framework.


SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework is a planning process for preventing substance use and misuse. The five steps (Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation) and two guiding principles of the SPF (Sustainability and Cultural Competence) offer prevention professionals a comprehensive process for addressing the substance misuse and related behavioral health problems facing their communities.

Our Goals

● Reduce the 30-day alcohol use rate for 10th grade from 19% and 12th grade from 34% by June 30, 2023 by implementing evidence-based environmental strategies that address local conditions.

• Recruit at least 10 of the 19 of the schools in the service area to participate in the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) for 2020 and 2022 administrations.

Our History

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View the full summary of the Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) accomplishments and story (An initiative funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services [IDHS] from 2014 through 2020).

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