Center for Alcohol Policy Honors Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award Recipient

Montana Liquor Education Unit Recognized for Efforts to Enforce State Alcohol Laws and Promote Public Safety

CHICAGO, IL – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is pleased to announce that the Montana Department of Revenue’s Liquor Education Unit is the recipient of the Third Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award.

The award, which recognizes a specific program, agency or person who oversees the alcohol industry and promotes public safety, was presented yesterday evening by the CAP Advisory Council at the Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, which took place September 9-11 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

Accepting the award were Montana Liquor Education Unit employees Kacey Collins and Lisa Scates.

“The Center for Alcohol Policy understands that alcohol regulators are the front lines of many great initiatives in the states aimed at keeping the alcohol industry properly regulated, promoting public health and safety and supporting a healthy business marketplace,” said Jerry Oliver, a CAP Advisory Council member and former Arizona alcohol regulator. “This award highlights effective best practices that may serve as examples to alcohol regulators in other states.”

“One of the most impressive facets of the Montana Liquor Education Unit is its tireless dedication to improving the state standard for liquor education and server training while involving all community stakeholders in its initiatives,” continued Oliver. “Since the unit was created by the Montana Department of Revenue in 2008, it has developed a broad network of community partners, brought in more than 240 active volunteer trainers and expanded and updated the state training program, ‘Let’s Control It: Alcohol Responsibility Matters.’”

The unit has worked with a variety of partners to help launch initiatives such as the Montana Community Change Project, DUI task forces across the state, the Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan Alcohol Strategy Implementation team and the Interagency Coordinating Council on State Prevention Programs. Earlier this year, the unit hosted the 2015 Alcohol Education Summit, which brought nearly 200 alcohol stakeholders to the state capital for two days of education, dialogue and sharing of best practices.


Photo Download: Award Recipients

(L) Kacey Collins, Liquor Education Professional

(R) Lisa Scates, Alcohol Education Coordinator

Photo Download: Award Recipients and Center for Alcohol Policy Leaders

(L to R): Center for Alcohol Policy Executive Director Mike Lashbrook, Center Advisor Brannon Denning, Montana Department of Revenue Liquor Education Unit Liquor Education Professional Kacey Collins, Center Advisor Patrick Lynch, Montana Department of Revenue Liquor Education Unit Alcohol Education Coordinator Lisa Scates

Read biographical details for Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council members here.

The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit or follow the Center on Twitter at



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