What is Communities That Care?
Communities That Care (CTC) is an "operating system" that takes communities through a well-defined and structured process, made up of five phases, to prevent adolescent problem behaviors and promote positive youth development.
The process includes:
- Forming a broad-based coalition.
- Collecting local data on risk and protective factors associated with youth problem behaviors.
- Identifying 3-5 specific risk and protective factors to focus on.
- Implementing evidence-based programs and strategies to address those priorities for 2-3 years.
- Re-assessing risk and protective factors to measure impact and identify new emerging priorities.
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CTC Development and History
The Communities That Care (CTC) model was originally developed by Drs. David Hawkins and Richard Catalano of the University of Washington which includes the Social Development Research Group (SDRG) and the Center for Communities That Care (CTC) . It was based on the aggregate review of decades of etiological research aimed at identifying specific factors that were associated with either promoting or preventing adolescent problem behaviors (delinquency, substance use, violence, school failure, and teen pregnancy and high-risk sexual behavior).
Looking across many large studies, Hawkins and Catalano developed a matrix of risk factors and their associated problem behaviors. This was the beginning of the application of a risk-focused public health approach to prevention and positive youth development.
Since 1994, the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has supported CTC. Over 125 communities were have been trained in the model. Research studies both in Pennsylvania and nationally have demonstrated CTC is effectively creating population-level public health improvement, reducing delinquency and youth drug use, and improving academic achievement for youth in these communities.