RASS training helps keep the community safe

Dawson County Healthy Communities
By 
Allison Agostino
Sunday, June 6, 2021
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“Fiscal year 2020 generated a combined total income from alcohol taxes collected and profits earned of $47.1 million. This is approximately $9 million more than five years ago.” -Fiscal Year 2020 Liquor Enterprise Fund Report of Operations from the Montana Department of Revenue

With an increase in alcohol sales in the State of Montana over the last five years there is a lasting concern for responsible alcohol sales and services. By properly and legally selling and serving alcohol an individual can help protect their community and make it a safe place for people to enjoy. With these thoughts in mind the Alcohol Beverage Control Division developed an education program called Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Training (RASS). The curriculum made for RASS was branded as the “Your Community Matters Training” with a message that by taking the course and using best practices servers can protect their community. The “Your Community Matters Training” outlines a list of practices that are known as best reasonable efforts, which are the measures anyone involved in alcohol sales and service must take in order to properly and safely serve. Some of those measures include becoming RASS certified within 60 days of hire, properly checking identification with techniques on how to recognize fake IDs, and following all alcohol sales laws. For example, not selling or serving to someone who is obviously, apparently, or actually intoxicated, or selling to someone under the age of 21.

The Education Unit under the Alcohol Beverage Control Division uses trainer courses to educate individuals across the state who can then teach the RASS course to servers and sellers. I became a certified Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Trainer in November of 2019. I work as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for Dawson County and part of my work is offering free RASS training in our county. By teaching RASS classes I am able to educate an individual on the importance of alcohol safety, which is vital to protecting our community.

If you or anyone you know is interested or need to take a Responsible Sales and Service class please contact me at 406-377-6075 extension 814 or email me at aagostino@emcmhc.org.

“Promote and ensure a healthy sustainable community.”

With an increases in alcohol sales in the State of Montana over the last five years there is a lasting concern for responsible alcohol sales and services.

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