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About Us

MISSION: We work to prevent substance misuse. 


Safe and Sober is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Springfield, Missouri. Through engaging educational content, we encourage dialogue and preventative action between youth, educators, and parents. 

Safe and Sober topics include underage drinking, impaired driving, illegal substances, prescription drug misuse, vaping, and more. We also address the root causes of unsafe choices, such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

OUR VISION: A world where people make thoughtful, intentional decisions about the health and wellness of themselves, their families, and their communities.

Our FREE Safe and Sober resources include:


  • Videos, activities, and discussion guides
  • Downloadable or mailed program kits
  • Signage, stickers, and promotional materials
  • Student pledge cards (virtual or printable) 
  • Modular, evidence-based educational activities
  • Supplemental videos throughout the year
  • Prize incentives for top-performing schools

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The Signature Safe and Sober Program
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Impaired Driving

The impact of impaired driving: Why substances make for unsafe roads

Learn about the various types of impaired driving and the dangers they create.

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Underage Drinking

What teens think they know about substances (and what they don’t)

Substance misuse is growing among teens. Learn some of the factors, and what you can do about them.

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Drug Use

Changing the terms of addiction medicine: What you say counts

Read about the ways language around addiction is changing.

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Underage Drinking

How to spot the signs of teen substance misuse

All teens are at risk of falling into substance misuse. Learn how to spot the signs and what to do about them.

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Underage Drinking

Parents are Letting their Kids Drink Now More than Ever

Learn why parents have been easing up on alcohol rules, and the consequences they don't know they're bringing on.

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Underage Drinking

Be Careful Out There, Teens!

A look at how alcohol affects the developing brains of teenagers.

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Underage Drinking

Teen Perspectives on Alcohol

Real talk from real teens on avoiding alcohol in high school.

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Underage Drinking

Parents Talk About Alcohol

Parents share their perspectives on teen drinking

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Underage Drinking

Underage Drinking - A Police Perspective

Law enforcement officers talk about their experiences with underage drinkers.

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Our Staff

Meet the Safe and Sober Advisory Board


* Indicates Executive Committee Members

  • *Kurt Larson - Larson & Miller Injury Law
  • *Julie Gray - O'Reilly Auto Parts
  • *Rachel Riso - Ellis, Ellis, Hammons & Johnson, P.C.
  • *Rikki Barton - Onward Consulting, LLC
  • Tim Boatwright - Halfway School District
  • Justin Herrell - Springfield Public Schools 
  • Martha Leahy - Turner Construction
  • Rhonda Mammen - Director of Counseling (SPS retired)
  • Susie Reynolds - Decker & DeGood
  • EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
  • Alisa Boyd - Retired Teacher 
  • Jeremy Lynn - Greene County Sheriff's Office
  • Joe Rickman - CJW Transportation Consultants
  • Brian Wilmsmeyer - Elite Promotions 
2020 Annual Report

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From pandemic shifts to new distribution channels, Safe and Sober is poised to take our message to an even wider audience of teens, educators, and parents.

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