Frequently Asked Questions

Does MCRUD recommend one specific approach, program, initiative, speaker, or curriculum?

To fulfill our mission, MCRUD uses various approaches which are appropriate based on the community’s make-up and needs. We do not have a one-size-fits-all-communities approach or a specific "program" which we use everywhere.  We do encourage communities to look at the environment and see if there are any changes that can be made that will help youth not use alcohol.  We call this an "environmental change approach."

What do you mean by "environmental change?

Youth make decisions based on the environment where they have lived and currently live in.  Environmental change approaches generally deal  with one of these four issues:

  • Where youth GET alcohol

  • Where youth USE alcohol

  • How youth GET AWAY WITH USING alcohol

  • Why youth THINK THEY NEED TO USE alcohol

How does MCRUD know what to promote or assist with when they work with a community?

We encourage ALL communities to look around their own community and identify specific issues that either encourage underage drinking or support teens in their decision not to use alcohol.  This will be the basis of any assistance we can give, trainings we might suggest, or recommendations we might make.

Who does MCRUD believe is at fault or most responsible for underage drinking?

We believe that pointing the finger or placing "blame" for underage drinking does not address the fact that a young person makes decisions based not only on their upbringing, but also the environment in which they are currently in.  Blaming parents, or schools, or law enforcement, or the alcohol industry, or the teens themselves does not do justice to the complexity of the problem, nor does it assist groups in identifying solutions that will have a real impact.

Does MCRUD work with or accept funds from the alcohol beverage industry?

MCRUD does not accept funds or in-kind contributions from alcohol makers, distributors, or retailers or their trade associations, but we are willing to discuss issues with them and will allow them to attend our meetings to present their information. Please see our written policy on this issue.

Who does MCRUD believe should be a part of the solution or included in the discussion?

MCRUD believes that all sectors of a community must be involved if a meaningful solution is to be reached. Those with the passion to prevent underage drinking will lead, those who can help will follow, those with their own agenda will eventually stop showing up.

What does MCRUD believe regarding working with youth?

We believe you should involve youth at every appropriate level in every way you can.  By this we mean that youth can be a powerful advocate for change, as well as a wealth of information as to what the issues are in your community.  We believe that any young person who wants to be involved should be included, regardless of their past decisions.  This includes teens with minor in possession tickets or teens in treatment and recovery.

If our community group wants to do a "mock crash", "dead day", or other program like this, will MCRUD help us plan it?

We believe you should involve youth at every appropriate level in every way you can.  By this we mean that youth can be a powerful advocate for change, as well as a wealth of information as to what the issues are in your community.  We believe that any young person who wants to be involved should be included, regardless of their past decisions.  This includes teens with minor in possession tickets or teens in treatment and recovery.

How do I get involved with the MCRUD Steering Committee?

MCRUD Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and we always welcome new members. (Please see our written policy on this issue.) Meetings are typically held around the state. We welcome those interested to contact us to get dates and locations of upcoming meetings.  

How do I get started locally?

There may be people in your community who are already working on this issue.  They may be professional or volunteer groups, but most would be willing to accept new members.  You can start by calling us, and if we know of anyone in your area, we will try to connect you.  If we don't know a group that is working on the issue, we might be able to refer you to the agency in your area that might know better than we do.  You can always contact us and ask.  Our phone number is 800-968-4968, and the MCRUD Coordinator's e-mail is miket@preventionnetwork.org
 

MCRUD believes that preventing underage drinking is everybody’s business.  Not just parents.  Not just the schools.  Or law enforcement. Or human service agencies.  Or politicians.  Or the alcohol industry.  Or young people.  Everybody.

If you have a question about how MCRUD is operated, what MCRUD does, or any other question that we have not answered, please contact MCRUD Coordinator Mike Tobias at 800-968-4968 or miket@preventionnetwork.org. You can also get more information about Prevention Network by calling us at 800-968-4968, or visiting their web site at www.preventionnetwork.org

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Email: mcrud@preventionnetwork.org
Phone: 800-968-4968
Fax: 517-393-6931

PO Box 4458

East Lansing, MI  48826

3815 W. St. Joseph Ste C-100
Lansing, MI  48917

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MCRUD is administered by Prevention Network Inc., with funding provided through 
MDHHS/Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability-OROSC, and Private Contributions.