Weber CTC – Communities that Care

The coalition is currently conducting a community needs assessment to identify what the community concerns, strengths and what resources are available. Risk Factors: Percieved availability to drugs, depressive symptoms, perceived risk of drugs. Risk Behavioral Data: 1. Depression and Hopelessness 2. Underaged Drinking 3. E-Cigarettes; With that information, we will be developing the strategic plan based on the results of the needs assessment to implement evidence based prevention programs/strategies in our community.

The coalition helps every aspect of the community, especially the youth. Reducing substance use and suicide rates benefits everyone. Research from the Social Development Research Group shows that CTC is a great investment. For every dollar invested in CTC, $5.31 is returned in the form of lower criminal justice system, crime victim, and healthcare costs, and increased earnings and tax revenues. But more importantly, if the coalition can help save one life by teaching individuals in our community know how to recognize if someone is suicidal and how to intervene it will all be worth it. And if the CTC can prevent a youth in our community from going down the road to addiction, it will be well worth it.

How can people help? People can help by getting involved. Their success is dependent on local residents getting involved. There are opportunities for all levels of commitment whether it be serving on the Community Board or a workgroup or helping the coalition prepare items for an event.

The Weber Communities that Care (CTC) Coalition is a caring community that harnesses resources to support all youth by engaging
families, schools and the community through education and connectedness. The Weber CTC is working to prevent youth substance use and
suicide in our community. Included in the coalition are parents, grandparents, religious leaders, school personnel, law enforcement, local government, youth, healthcare and youth serving organization.

The Weber CTC is hoping to have a tremendous impact on the community by using the evidence based coalition model of Communities that Care
(CTC). The Social Development Research Group from the University of Washington has research showing that youth from communities that implement CTC were 25% to 33% less likely to have health and behavior problems than youths from control communities.

For more information, contact Diane Jones at 801-625-3682 or dianej@weberhs.org or visit weberctc.org.

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