​Youth substance abuse prevention: Communities That Care

Communities That Care guides communities through a proven five-phase change process. Using prevention science as its base, the program promotes healthy youth development, improves youth outcomes and reduces problem behaviors.
Get involved
Contact the listed CTC facilitator in your area to learn more about opportunities to get involved.
State and regional profiles on scientifically-validated risk and protective factors that influence the likelihood of substance abuse, violence, and mental well-being outcomes. These scaled indicators use data from the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) pertinent to the Communities That Care (CTC) model.
CDPHE received funding from the marijuana tax cash fund to support substance abuse prevention among youth using the Communities That Care across Colorado. Communities That Care is a community-based prevention model that was evaluated across the country with significant results, including preventing youth substance use initiation and youth crime and violence. This model helps local communities assess the specific risk and protective factors among the youth in their communities. The communities then pick from a menu of effective, evidence-based programs and strategies to address the specific needs of local youth. For 2016-17, CDPHE received approximately $7,125,000, and for 2017-18, received approximately $9,000,000 to fund communities statewide.
Contact us
Submit a question to the Colorado Communities That Care coaching team.