Party But Do it Safely: Board of Supervisors Takes Action to Discourage Underage Drinking
The SMC Youth Commission got a win this month with the Board of Supervisors approving one of their suggested policies, known as the Social Host Ordinance, to discourage the consumption of alcohol and other drugs by minors. Originally proposed by SMC Youth Commission in partnership with Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in 2018, the ordinance fines hosts of parties that make alcohol and other drugs available to minors. The Supervisors directed staff to further research on restorative justice practices (RJP) that could be incorporated at a later time in the enforcement of this ordinance. RJP offer less punitive measures to address the harm caused by the actions of the offender.