When the new alcohol laws went into effect on October 1, 2018, many retailers did not fully realize the pros, cons and updates that their employees and business would experience. Gateway to Prevention and Recovery’s Regional Prevention Center (RPC) has stepped up to offer help to businesses who are experiencing difficulty or confusion around those new laws. They are offering what is call the Responsible Beverage Service and Sales (RBSS) training at no fee to local retailers. Gateway has been offering RBSS training for over eight years and was responsible for helping create this training in collaboration with the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement (ABLE) Commission to help employees know what their responsibilities are around dealing with alcohol.

Gateway has been offering the RBSS Training, complete with the new alcohol modernization law updates, since early October and have trained over 20 alcohol retailers in the Pottawatomie and Seminole County area since the implementation of the new law. The training helps inform sellers of their legal rights, risk and responsibilities when selling alcohol to customers. This ensures that both the seller and buyer knows what is safe and what is legal. For sellers and servers who are getting new alcohol licenses or are renewing a license under the new law, the training is required. Trainees are also made aware of what to expect during an alcohol compliance check which local police departments do in collaboration with Gateway. Gateway’s prevention catchment area includes Lincoln, Okfuskee, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties and anyone in these counties can receive RBSS training at no fee, by contacting Abby Flood at aflood@gatewaytoprevention.org or (405) 275-3391 x.1108