Communities That Care (CTC) works to support Fayette County prevention efforts. Our work in the community aims to reduce the impact of drug misuse. We know that teens misuse substances less when they have strong protective factors. Protective factors include: parent encouragement, social connections, tangible support in times of need and knowledge of parenting and child development.
We believe that resilient kids are the cornerstone of strong communities. Over the past 10 years, CTC has served Fayette County by: providing the Too Good For Drugs program students grades 3rd-8th and through campaigns designed to reduce substance misuse. We have also worked to provide safe places to dispose of unused prescription medications while encouraging the community to lock medications for safety. We have offered adult parenting and substance use education while also collaborating with community partners.
For the 2022-2023 school year we will have a family focused campaign aimed at helping our kids feel loved and supported by their community. We will have monthly billboards and posters throughout the community along with activities and give-a-ways to strengthen the message.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is the nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent and reduce substance use among youth. Created in 1997 by the Drug-Free Communities Act, administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
The DFC program goals are to:
Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and Federal, state, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance use among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase risk for substance use and promoting factors that minimize risk for substance use.
Too Good For Drugs
Skill development is at the core of Too Good for Drugs, a universal K-12 prevention education program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. The lessons introduce and develop social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, developing self-efficacy, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure and influence.
DFC funding has provided
Too Good For Drugs to three grade levels in the
Fayette County school system.
CTC Youth Coalition
Working with the youth is vital in our efforts to reduce substance use in our community. Offering education and tools to our local youth is one strategy that can empower our community's youngest members to create the healthiest Fayette County, Indiana for everyone.
DFC Staff completed an environmental scan in 2021 for alcohol, tobacco, and vape products in Fayette County, IN
Talk, They Hear You
The “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and other substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address these issues with their children early and often.
The Parent Café program is a nationally recognized peer-to-peer learning process to keep children safe and families strong.
Parents and caregivers create safe spaces to explore their strengths and learn from themselves and each other how to use
the Strengthening Families Protective Factors™ with their loved ones.
Drug Take Back Boxes
CTC has partnered with local organizations and apartment complexes to offer prescription medication drop boxes that are accessible to all. This initiative offers individuals the opportunity to reduce the amount of unused medication in the community. This project is made possible with grant funding and a partnership with the Connersville Police Department.