Getting Started Planning a Town Hall Meeting
Welcome to Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking. This initiative is sponsored by the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as the lead agency for the
Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.
Each year, community-based organizations including our national partners, community and youth-led coalitions, colleges,
and universities nationwide, host events to mobilize their communities to prevent underage drinking. Since 2006,
more than 8,000 SAMHSA-supported Town Hall Meetings have been held across the country.
Every two years, SAMHSA distributes planning stipends to organizations recommended by the National Prevention Network
and other national partners to help local hosts increase the impact of their events.
Read our Planning Guides
Quick Start Planning Guide includes everything community based organizations need to know to quickly and
easily begin organizing a results-oriented underage drinking prevention event in their communities. Additionally,
Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities is available to support participation among institutions of
higher education. Get started today!
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