Statewide initiatives are concerted efforts by colleges and universities, state government officials, and community organizations throughout a state to change aspects of the campus and community environment that contribute to high-risk drinking and other drug use. This change is accomplished by creating and mobilizing campus and community coalitions to local action and collaborating on state policy change.
As many as 45 states across the country have expanded prevention of college alcohol and other drug problems into a regional or statewide effort. Leaders of these initiatives are actively involving a mix of campus, community, business, and governmental agencies to create environmental change. Broad involvement in a comprehensive statewide plan has emerged as a key component of effective college prevention.