- What is Communities That Care?
In late 2004, the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement (KCCHI), along with Kanawha County Safe and Drug Free Schools received a $25,000 grant from Purdue Pharma to implement a county-wide Communities That Care (CTC) process. Communities That Care is a science-based prevention planning process designed to help communities support the healthy development of youth that is endorsed at the federal level by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). This process has been established in over 500 communities around the world and is proven to effectively reduce problem behaviors in youth – including substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and teen violence. The use of the CTC model has yielded great success in the collaborative efforts in our community, bringing various segments including faith, government, education, business, social services, healthcare, mental health, law enforcement, parents, and youth.
In April of 2005 the CTC Partnership had grown to 30 organizational members and had conducted an assessment of the risk factors facing our County's young people. They identified the availability of drugs to youth, lack of commitment to school, and early and persistent anti-social behavior as the top risks.
The Kanawha County CTC Partnership was formed in 2006 with key membership from the KCCHI CTC team and the Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA) CTC team. Judy Crabtree served as the project director during this phase and LaTausha Taylor (now Livingston) served as the project assistant. The partnership was awarded a Community State Incentive Grant to develop a county-wide substance abuse prevention plan for Kanawha County. The plan was based on the substance abuse prevention needs of county citizens of ALL ages.
After developing the plan, the partnership applied for a Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) and was awarded funding to implement the prevention plan from 2007 through 2010. The SPF SIG funding was used to increase the capacity of the partnership as members implemented a comprehensive approach to prevention in Kanawha County. Eric Tissenbaum and Amanda Harrison served as project directors during this phase and Michele Bowles and Stephanie Birchfield served as project assistants.
The partnership secured 501(c)(3) status in 2008 and is now called "Kanawha Communities
That Care, Inc."
Funding and donations (both past and present) supporting CTC's mission has come from the following sources (and may not be limited to):
Substance Abuse and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant
Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG)
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Prevent Child Abuse WV
WV State Parks