Communities That Care

Communities That Care (CTC) prevention process being implemented for youth in Clear Creek County

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Communities That Care (CTC) is an internationally recognized prevention process; an evidence-based prevention planning system that promotes healthy development, improves outcomes and reduces problem behaviors among youth.

The CTC process uses local data to identify risk factors and protective factors in the community.  Based on this assessment, the community coalition then implements strategies to decrease risks and increase protections.

In addition to community collaboration, the CTC process emphasizes Positive Youth Development (PYD) where youth are supported in rising to their full potential.                                           

The Vision: Elevating YOUTH!myn logo Opens in new window

The Mission:

Together in Clear Creek County, we inspire and support our youth to find their path to hope, health and happiness.

Funding for Communities That Care

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) provided grants to local public health agencies across the state to implement Communities That Care (CTC). This funding is available through tax revenue from retail marijuana sales. Clear Creek County was eligible for this opportunity because mental health and substance abuse were identified as priorities and documented in the Public Health Improvement Plan (PDF) created from the 2013 Community Health Assessment.

5 Phases

The CTC process includes five phases. Mountain Youth Network has navigated successfully through the first four phases; currently operating in Phase 5: Implement and Evaluate.

To learn more or to get involved go to the Mountain Youth Network website.   Visit Communities That Care Plus website to learn about the CTC process.

                                 Read about the impact of CTC in Colorado in this report:cover impact report

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Becca Bernal 

Interim Coordinator,  Mountain Youth Network