CHICAGO – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is pleased to announce that the Montana Department of Revenue’s Liquor Education Unit is the recipient of the Third Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award.
The award, which recognizes a specific program, agency or person who oversees the alcohol industry and promotes public safety, was presented yesterday evening by the CAP Advisory Council at the Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, which took place September 9-11 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.
Accepting the award were Montana Liquor Education Unit employees Kacey Collins and Lisa Scates.
“The Center for Alcohol Policy understands that alcohol regulators are the front lines of many great initiatives in the states aimed at keeping the alcohol industry properly regulated, promoting public health and safety and supporting a healthy business marketplace,” said Jerry Oliver, a CAP Advisory Council member and former Arizona alcohol regulator. “This award highlights effective best practices that may serve as examples to alcohol regulators in other states.”
“One of the most impressive facets of the Montana Liquor Education Unit is its tireless dedication to improving the state standard for liquor education and server training while involving all community stakeholders in its initiatives,” continued Oliver. “Since the unit was created by the Montana Department of Revenue in 2008, it has developed a broad network of community partners, brought in more than 240 active volunteer trainers and expanded and updated the state training program, ‘Let’s Control It: Alcohol Responsibility Matters.’”
The unit has worked with a variety of partners to help launch initiatives such as the Montana Community Change Project, DUI task forces across the state, the Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan Alcohol Strategy Implementation team and the Interagency Coordinating Council on State Prevention Programs. Earlier this year, the unit hosted the 2015 Alcohol Education Summit, which brought nearly 200 alcohol stakeholders to the state capital for two days of education, dialogue and sharing of best practices.
The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation. By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption. For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org or follow the Center on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoholPolicy.