Our Efforts


Washington State Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking

Front Row, Left to Right: SFC Doug Karnitz, Washington National Guard; Scott Peterson, Office of the Attorney General; Denise Fitch, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction; Mary Segawa, Liquor Control Board; Michael Langer, RUaD Coalition Co-chair, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery; Sharon Foster, RUaD Coalition Co-chair, Liquor Control Board; Earlyse Swift, RUaD Coalition Manager, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery; Charee Boulter, College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention; Cristal Connelly, CSAP Prevention Fellow.
Back Row, Left to Right: Rusty Fallis, Office of Attorney General, Brian Dirks, Office of Lt. Governor; David Albert, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery; Mike Hickman, Educational Service District 113; Ramona Leber, Department of Commerce; Paul Davis, Department of Health, Holli Spanski, Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators; Lt. Dale Alexander, Washington State Patrol; Cpt. Wes Rethwill, Washington State Patrol.

The Washington State Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (RUaD) features members from 27 different state agencies and statewide organizations. 

Since 1998, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), has administered federal Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) funding for community and statewide programs.  The RUaD coalition was formed by a seven-member team who attended the 2005 National Meeting on Underage Drinking Prevention.  Leaders of key Washington agencies participated in the meeting and agreed to work together to combat underage drinking in the state.  DBHR then brought the agencies together as a coalition, and continues to support ongoing efforts, at the state level and in communities, to prevent underage drinking. 

The coalition co-chairs are from DBHR, and the Liquor Control Board, the state’s designated alcohol control agency.

The coalition has produced well-designed media campaigns and its efforts have supported substantial changes to state policies and laws.