The Communities That Care system is a way for members of a community to work together to promote positive youth development. The system was developed by Dr. J. David Hawkins and Dr. Richard F. Catalano. Their research has identified risk factors that predict youth problem behaviors and protective factors that buffer children from risk and help them succeed in life.
A key goal of the Communities That Care process is to develop a Community Action Plan that builds on the data-based community profile (Community Assessment Report and the Community Resource Assessment Report). This plan not only builds upon the findings of the Community Assessment Report and the Community Resource Assessment Report, but also addresses issues in implementing programs, policies, or practices and addresses gaps in current prevention efforts.
The Huntington County Community Action Plan identifies desired outcomes for each program, policy, or practice selected; for the priority and risk factors on which the plan is focused; and for the problem behaviors. It describes how each policy, program, or practice selected will work toward improving priority risk factors in the county as well as bringing about desired changes in youth problem behaviors. The plan also discusses systems-change strategies to help with implementations of these programs.
Huntington County’s LACE board has a designated committee of members that meet regularly to research, develop, and implement the Community Action Plan. These members are:
DSA Program Director: Tiffany Trissel-Griffey, A Better Way Services
Community Coordinator: Mandy Reber, Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington County
Jonathan Leist, Huntington County Solid Waste Department
John Markley, Markle Town Marshal
Jan Williams, Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County
Visit http://www.drugs.indiana.edu/spf/ to learn more about the CTC process.