Communities That Care
Pre-Conference Agenda

Implementing Communities That Care (CTC) as a Statewide Infrastructure for the Dissemination of Blueprints Programs.

Communities That Care (CTC) is a comprehensive community strategic prevention planning framework owned and endorsed by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA), and is one of the only comprehensive community prevention planning models for disseminating evidence-based programs that has demonstrated community-level effects beyond those directly involved in specific prevention programs (true population-level public health impact).

This full-day pre-conference will present information on the Communities That Care model of data-driven community prevention planning, with a focus on how CTC can be implemented and supported as a statewide infrastructure for the dissemination and implementation of Blueprints programs.

Attendees will learn about:
  • The elements of the CTC process and its research foundation as a public-health prevention model
  • How CTC supports communities in selecting and implementing strategically-targeted Blueprints programs
  • How to structure training and technical assistance to support a statewide CTC initiative across multiple communities
  • Policy and practice lessons learned over 15 years of implementing CTC in many states and countries
  • How CTC supports Blueprints program dissemination, implementation fidelity, and sustainability
  • The evidence - from both randomized trials and "real world" replications - of CTC's impact on population-level public health outcomes
  • CTC's return-on-investment and cost effectiveness, and how it can be assessed

This pre-conference is intended primarily for those who work in or influence state-level policy, although many of the practical lessons discussed will be applicable to local practitioners as well. It is meant to provide policy and practice lessons about how to take CTC to scale at a state level with sufficient training and technical assistance infrastructure to achieve the goals of high-quality dissemination and implementation of Blueprints programs. The pre-conference is based on the combined research, practice and policy experiences of the Social Development Research Group (University of Washington), the Prevention Research Center (Penn State University), and the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter).

Brian K. Bumbarger, Penn State University
Kevin Haggerty, University of Washington