The Healthy Communities That Care (HCTC) coalition was formed in 2002 after a community health assessment showed a need for more community based alcohol and drug prevention efforts. Local youth heroin deaths around the same time contributed to high community awareness of youth drug use. The coalition began by utilizing the 40 Developmental Assets and Communities that Care frameworks to implement grassroots community change prevention efforts as well as science based prevention programs. A coalition mission was established: to utilize effective prevention strategies and activities to promote healthful behaviors, decisions and environments that will reduce, postpone or eliminate the problematic use of alcohol, prescription, and over-the-counter drugs, and any use of illegal drugs. In 2008 CASA received a 5 year Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant which allowed the coalition to grow the number of strategies being implemented to include more activities designed to increase enforcement around underage drinking as well as increase the number of communities, parents and youth being reached. In 2013 CASA also received a Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Grant which expands underage drinking efforts through more alcohol compliance checks, Fake ID details, policy development and social norms campaigns.
HCTC has 2 main goals:
- Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies; as well as, local governments to support the efforts of the coalition working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
- Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
For more information feel free to view or download our strategic plan, logic model and DFC infographic.
Upcoming Meetings: October 7th, December 2nd, 2014 February 3rd, 2015 — All meetings are from 11-12 and are held in room 205 of the Government Center, Geneseo