Communities that Care (CTC) guides communities through a proven five-phase change process that promotes healthy development, improves outcomes and reduces problem behaviors among youth. This model empowers community members to take ownership for the long term health, safety, and wellbeing of youth.
CTC applies strategies that increase resilience so youth are less likely to engage in problem behaviors. These strategies focus on creating a stronger sense of connectedness to their families, community and society.
The Communities that Care (CTC) process:
El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) has been awarded a grant by the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE) to implement the CTC model. Local public health agencies were eligible for this funding opportunity if they had identified youth mental health and/or substance abuse as one of their priorities; El Paso County has identified both in their Community Health Improvement Plan.
Earlier this year the City of Fountain became the first community in El Paso County to begin implementing the Communities That Care (CTC) model. With the help of a dedicated CTC facilitator, community leaders established the Fountain CTC Key Leader Board. Board members are committed to supporting healthy youth development in Fountain, promoting the CTC process, and securing resources for implementing the community's chosen strategies.
In January 2017 the Fountain CTC Key Leader Board and staff from El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) came together to begin mobilizing community members to form a Fountain CTC Community Board. Efforts will progress as the CTC process continues.