IPS has been providing alcohol and drug prevention services in Chula Vista since 2008. With assistance from countywide prevention providers and concerned community members, IPS provided technical assistance to update the city’s Social Host Ordinance (SHO) in in 2017. Chula Vista’s Social Host law imposes criminal, civil or administrative penalties on individuals who host underage drinking events on property they own, lease or otherwise control. The purpose of the ordinance is to deter underage drinking parties by decreasing social access to alcohol and marijuana by underage youth.
With assistance from the Responsible Hospitality Coalition and concerned community members, IPS provided technical assistance to pass a Responsible Beverage Sales and Service (RBSS) ordinance in Chula Vista in 2014. RBSS is a training program for servers who sell alcoholic beverages for both on-premise and off-premise consumption. It aims to provide servers the necessary skills to responsibly serve alcoholic beverages and mitigate alcohol-related harm in California communities. RBSS has three essential elements: policy development, merchant education, and partnerships with law enforcement. As of July, 2022, it will be mandatory for all on- sale premise servers to complete a certified RBSS program. The certifications will be approved by the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.
In 2018, IPS began providing technical assistance to local business owners, residents and elected officials on Envision Broadway, a campaign to revitalize the aging Broadway corridor in Chula Vista. The goal of the campaign is to create a thriving, multi-cultural business district that serves as the gateway to the proposed Chula Vista Bayfront Project where tourists and local families can enjoy the fine arts, walking, dining, shopping, and live entertainment. To assist in this effort, IPS facilitates the Chula Vista Revitalization Committee, which meets monthly to discuss and implement economic investment strategies that are guided by environmental prevention principles to reduce alcohol and drug-related harms.
Since 2018, IPS has partnered with the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, the Chula Vista Community Collaborative and students from High Tech High, Chula Vista to plan and facilitate several Candidate Forum’s to introduce the public to Chula Vista mayoral and city council candidates.
IPS is a member of the Chula Vista Collaborative (CVCC) which draws together all sectors of the local community to develop coordinated strategies and systems that protect the health, safety and wellness of families and residents. The CVCC meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month.