- How can my organization receive an invitation to host a Town Hall Meeting?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) invites nonprofit
organizations to host a Town Hall Meeting based on the recommendations or approval
of the National Prevention Network representative for a state or territory, an agency
member of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking,
or one of SAMHSA’s national partner organizations. SAMHSA also invites federal
grantees for which underage drinking prevention is a focus.
If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send the name and
location of your organization and the name, e-mail address, and phone number of
a person to contact to email@example.com.
- We have not received an invitation to host a Town Hall Meeting, although one was
expected. What should we do?
Please check your junk mail or spam folder to see if your invitation from SAMHSA
was directed there. If you cannot locate your original invitation, please
with complete organizational details.
- What are Town Hall Meetings to prevent underage drinking?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as the lead
agency for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage
Drinking, sponsored nationwide Town Hall Meetings in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012
and is now supporting a fifth round in 2014. Community-based organizations host
the events to:
- Educate community members about underage drinking consequences;
- Empower communities to use evidence-based approaches, including environmental prevention,
to reduce underage drinking; and
- Mobilize communities around underage drinking prevention initiatives at the local,
state, and national levels.
- When will Town Hall Meetings take place?
SAMHSA is encouraging all event hosts to hold their Town Hall Meetings between March
and May to build momentum around a national dialogue about prevention. This time
period is optimal because:
- April is Alcohol Awareness Month;
- SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week occurs May 18–24 (Underage Drinking Prevention
Day is May 19); and
- Parents need to know that (1) June and July are two of the three highest months
of alcohol use initiation by children under age 18 and (2) by talking with their
children now, they have the power to help their children remain alcohol free.
- Can I participate in a Town Hall Meeting if I am not an event host?
Yes, anyone can help; everyone is needed. Local businesses can partner with host
organizations by contributing goods and services. Individuals can help by volunteering
their expertise as event organizers and expert speakers or by encouraging people
to attend. Find out how you can help by contacting a community-based organization
hosting an event in your area. Host organizations are listed on the searchable
Find a Meeting map.
- How can I find a Town Hall Meeting near me?
Find a Meeting map, and click
on your state or territory or enter your ZIP Code for a listing of meetings near
you. If no meetings appear, either expand the distance from your location or click
on the state or territory to see its full list.