What is Compact 2020?
In 2016 Shelby County leaders and City leaders all came together to address the realization that We must take a proactive approach to the increasing trend of substance abuse and addiction among our students and young adults, as well as equip our families to respond to their loved one facing these challenges.
Compact 2020 is a unique approach that is the first of its kind. This project is directed by the Shelby County District Attorney, the County Manager and the Shelby County Sheriff. The Compact 2020 team is accountable to a Governance Board consisting of leadership from all four school systems, seven of our participating municipalities, and specialized partners such as Chilton Shelby Mental Health and Bradford Health Services.
What does Compact 2020 do?
First, Compact 2020 utilizes career law enforcement officers, who are specialized investigators, in an attempt to gather information from School Resource Officers, Coaches, Teachers, Parents, community leaders, etc. in hopes of identifying students and young adults who are at risk of substance abuse and addiction or already involved.
Our investigators then compile actionable intelligence, NOT FOR AN ARREST, but to schedule a meeting with parents. Our investigators share the information with parents and then connect the parents with proven resources to help address this challenge.
Some of those resources may include:
- Other families who have been through this challenge and willing to work with them and answer questions
- Faith leaders from the community who have volunteered to help
- Family counseling services
- Specialized mental health and substance abuse services such as Chilton Shelby Mental Health
Most importantly, our investigators tell the student’s parents.
Is Compact 2020 a law enforcement program?
No, Compact 2020 is a community initiative. There are law enforcement investigators from multiple cities who have come together to form a multi-jurisdictional effort to identify students at risk of substance abuse. The multi-jurisdictional effort is supported by the:
- Shelby County Sheriff's Office
- Alabaster Police Department
- Pelham Police Department
- Hoover Police Department
- Montevallo Police Department
- District Attorney's Office
- Helena Police Department
However, Compact 2020's greatest impact is made from individual partnering cities as Community Prevention Teams.
Compact 2020 follows a proven model of successful community engagement created by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). Each partnering community has assembled a working team representing twelve sectors of the community:
- Business leaders
- School leaders
- Youth Serving Organizations
- Law Enforcement
- Civic Organizations
- Faith Leaders
- Healthcare Professionals
- Government Leaders
- Substance Abuse Organizations