Our History

1999 

  • Originally formed as Cobb Underage Drinking Task Force, after attending a statewide conference on underage drinking, a small group of concerned parents and law enforcement agencies got together to share ideas for addressing underage drinking in Cobb County

2000 

  • Awarded Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Project Grant, from U.S. Office Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Governor’s Office of Children and Youth Coordinating Council – held through 2005 with Cobb County Government Sheriff’s Office serving as ‘fiscal agent’
  • Received “Leader in Collaboration” Award, from Cobb Community Collaborative

2001 

  • Received “Exemplary New Public Safety Program” Award, from Cobb Chamber of Commerce

2002 

  • Received “Outstanding Community Leadership in Coalition Efforts to Reduce Underage Drinking”, from Georgia Alcohol Policy Partnership

2003 

  • Featured in OJJDP’s Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Success Stories, Cobb County, Georgia: Area Governments Amend Local Ordinances to Include Mandatory Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Workshop for Licensees (see link)

2004 

  • Cobb area business alcohol sale to minor compliance rates increased 40 percent; from 40 percent compliance rate reported in 2000 to 80 percent compliance rate reported in 2005

2005 

  • Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Project Grant ended

2006

  • Grant funding ceased, local institutional partners provided staff and in-kind support to all volunteer led effort, which continued at reduced capacity until new funds secured

2008

  • Secured new funding;
    • Developed Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign with support from Justice Assistance Grant, U.S. Department of Justice, received by Cobb Community Collaborative – through 2011
    • Managed Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act) Grant, from U. S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA, received by Cobb Community Collaborative – through 2013
    • Implemented ‘Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol’ SAMHSA Model Program, as part of Grant to Reduce Alcohol Abuse, from U.S. Department of Education received by Cobb County School District – through 2012

2009 

  • Name changed to Cobb Alcohol Taskforce, to better fit with growing interest for expanding scope of work to include youth binge drinking, particularly college-age youth 18-25
  • Cobb Parks and Recreation Department adopted written polices/protocols for control of alcohol sales during concert events at Mable House Amphitheatre
  • Cobb County Board of Commissioners upheld current local alcohol code, prohibiting 16 & 17 year olds from obtaining alcohol work permits
  • Cobb County School District Board of Education adopted new J-policy to strengthen consequences for students participating in extracurricular activities who violate the district’s alcohol policy

2010 

  • Cobb State Court adopted policy requiring diversion candidates for minor in possession cases, to submit in writing the name of person/adult who furnished alcohol
  • Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign goes viral on YouTube
  • Cathy Finck, former executive director, received Prevention Pioneer Award, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases

2011 

  • Incorporated and received IRS designation as 501(c)3 non-profit public charity
  • Partnered with Georgia Strategic Prevention System (GASPS) Alcohol Initiative Grant, from GA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, received by Cobb County School District – through 2015
  • City of Austell adopted Social Host Ordinance

2012

  • Received “Health Hero” Award, from Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • Featured in SAMHSA news re: Town Hall Meetings success story “From Tiny Acorns Mighty Oak Trees Grow: The Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Experience” (see link)
  • Cobb County and City of Kennesaw adopted Social Host Ordinances