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Title: Rapid Response Team RRT

Rapid Response Team (RRT)
  • Jim Wright
  • Pam Beer
  • Dr. Betty Straub
  • Alcohol Policy Conference
  • Boston, Massachusetts March 2003

Training Description
  • The goal and purpose of a Rapid Response Team.
  • The underlying rationale
  • What a Rapid Response Team visit involves
  • How the Rapid Response Team can assist a community

  • March 1995 Launched pilot project using
    comprehensive strategy in five communities
  • Helped communities develop coalitions, conduct
    needs assessments, design and implement
    needs-based strategic plans
  • March 1998 Pilot tested rapid response team as
    a tool to assist six communities in developing a
    comprehensive strategy
  • March 2002 Conducted rapid response team
    training for state highway safety offices

The Underage Drinking Prevention Footstool

Public Policy

The Success of The Comprehensive Strategy
  • Project Extra Mile, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Original 1995 pilot test site
  • Successfully planned and implemented
    comprehensive strategy
  • Mission statement Create a community consensus
    that underage alcohol use is illegal, unhealthy
    and unacceptable.

Successful Strategies
  • Identified good leaders
  • Full-time executive director
  • Assembled broad-based coalition
  • Conducted comprehensive needs assessment
  • Developed strategic plan based on findings from
    the needs assessment
  • Insured goals and objectives in the plan were

Successful Strategies
  • Provided a continuing, balanced mix of funding
    from public and private sources
  • Actively involved youth
  • Critical in generating media interest and making
    public policy changes.
  • Helped youth see the need to change environment
    provided them with strategies
  • Used media to convey message(s)

Goals of Strategic Plan
  • Inform general public on youth alcohol laws,
    penalties, consequences
  • Reduce youth access availability
  • Increase enforcement
  • Improve laws and reduce loopholes in laws

Evaluation Access, Availability
  • Monitored hearings of Liquor Control Board
  • Results increased penalties
  • Letters to retailers around special community
    celebrations Hands Off Halloween

Evaluation Enforcement
  • All eight metro agencies collaborated on minimum
    of four coordinated compliance checks
  • Sought enforcements involvement, listened to its
    perspective, valued its contribution
  • Results
  • In three years, retailers selling to minors
    dropped from 41 to 19
  • 20 increase in minor in possession charges in
    one year

Evaluation Public Policy
  • Successful advocacy for tightening retailing law
  • Restricted buying out of suspensions for
    multiple violations of selling to minors
  • Doubled length of suspension
  • Ensured compliance with federal, state
    regulations on lobbying
  • Reduced oppositions arguments by highlighting
    media covering youth making illegal purchases

What Is A Rapid Response Team?
  • A tool that provides communities with the
    information they need to develop realistic and
    effective underage drinking prevention plans
    based on a comprehensive strategy
  • Involves four team members with knowledge and
    practical experience in the areas of
  • Enforcement
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Public Policy/Media
  • Strategic Planning

Where An RRT Can Be Used?
  • Assist a community in starting an underage
    drinking prevention program
  • Help a community respond to an underage drinking
  • Strengthen an existing coalition
  • Determine effectiveness of existing effort

What An RRT Can Do
  • Ask questions local people cant ask
  • Use information from community to develop
  • Bring knowledge expertise
  • Facilitate team building
  • Provide strategic planning framework
  • Bring new eyes ears
  • Keep big picture in focus
  • Bring energy
  • Be an effective support tool for the state

What Do Communities Receive?
  • Assistance in completing community
  • Recommendations from experts for ways to improve
    communitys underage drinking prevention effort
  • A measurable strategic plan that has buy-in and
    support of the community
  • Additional technical assistance via phone, fax
    and email with team members

Community Responsibilities
  • Complete community self-assessment
  • Arrange meetings with key community leaders
  • Organize a day and a half coalition meeting

The RRT Site Visit Schedule
  • Day One
  • Team arrives and meets with site coordinator
  • Evening meetings with parents and youth
  • Day Two
  • Reconnaissance Day meetings with key community
  • Day Three
  • Coalition Meeting Community hears team
    recommendations develops measurable strategic
  • Day Four
  • Half-Day Coalition Meeting Community reviews
    strategic plan and determines task assignments
    and time line

Team Member Qualifications
  • Knowledgeable in their field (enforcement,
    education, prevention, public policy).
  • Currently or in the past have been practitioners
    in their field.
  • Understand and accept the comprehensive
    needs-based approach to underage drinking
  • Have experience in training.
  • Have experience in strategic planning.

Community Self-Assessment
  • Coalition Checklist
  • Data Checklist
  • Enforcement Questionnaire
  • Education Questionnaire
  • Prevention Questionnaire
  • Public Policy Questionnaire
  • Youth Questionnaire
  • Media Questionnaire
  • Self-Sufficiency Questionnaire
  • Evaluation Questionnaire

Pre-Site Visit Checklist
  • Distribute and collect community self-assessment
    form and return to RRT
  • Team members review community information
  • Team members prepare short bio on their
  • Meetings scheduled with key community leaders
  • Day and a half coalition meeting scheduled

Equipment Requirements
  • Team
  • Lap top computer
  • Notebooks and pens
  • Community
  • Four flip charts
  • LCD projector screen (if possible)
  • Copying facilities
  • Room for a day and a half coalition meeting
  • Refreshments for coalition meeting (if possible)

Enforcement Meetings
  • State and local law enforcement (command and
    street level officers)
  • Alcohol beverage control officials
  • Juvenile services

Education Meetings
  • Secondary and college/university educators
  • Teachers
  • Principals
  • Safe and drug free schools coordinator
  • Professors
  • Dean of students
  • Health center/substance abuse prevention
  • Youth at the high school and college/university

Prevention Meetings
  • Substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • Businesses that hire youth, i.e., fast food,
    movie theaters, etc.
  • Liquor licensees, i.e., bars, restaurants, retail
  • Churches
  • Parent groups, i.e., PTA members or brown/bag
    lunches with parents of underage youth at area

Public Policy Meeting
  • Elected officials, i.e., mayor, city/county
    council, state legislators
  • Judges, prosecutors
  • Media outlets

Reconnaissance Day Debrief
  • Each team member meets independently for an hour
    to process the information they learned during
    the day. They summarize their findings into
    several key points.
  • Identify an individual to take notes, preferably
    on a laptop computer.
  • The team leader asks for the entire group to
    provide community positives.
  • Each team member reports out their key findings.
    Group determines, based on the key findings in
    each issue area, what their recommendations will
  • The recorder types up the final recommendations.
    Copies are made for the team and coalition

Coalition Meeting Debrief
  • Review information developed by coalition
  • Type information on strategic planning grid for
    each issue area.
  • Transfer information in grid form to flip charts
    to be hung on the wall.
  • Make sufficient copies of information for
    distribution at coalition.

Funding Requirements
  • Team Members
  • Compensation for preparation, travel, site visit,
    follow up
  • Travel
  • Airfare or mileage reimbursement
  • Accommodations
  • Rental car (if necessary)
  • Expenses
  • Food
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