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Next CTC Coordinator Call August 17

If you have ideas or requests for future topics, please let us know by sending an email to Dalene Dutton or to the Center for CTC. This group offers Coordinators a chance to share challenges and successes related to these shared experiences, so that all may learn and support one another. Adobe Connect is used to share documents and other visual information as participants talk. Calls are facilitated by experienced CTC Coordinators.

Future CTC Coordinator Calls (2:00 – 3:30 ET):

August 17 (Thursday)
September 6 (Wednesday)
October 12 (Thursday)
November 8 (Wednesday)
December 7 (Thursday)
If you are a CTC coordinator and want to be included on this call, email Dalene Dutton.

Join us for CTC Facilitator Training in Seattle

The Center for Communities That Care will host a training of facilitators October 3-5, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. This is an opportunity for CTC coordinators and facilitators to learn how to use CTC’s web-based platform to facilitate CTC implementation in their community.

Registration deadline: September 8, 2017. Space is limited.

To register and for details, please contact us: or (206) 543-6742.

Landmark US Report on Substance Abuse

A new Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.

“Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.”

The report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. The report addresses alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse, with chapters dedicated to neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration and recommendations for the future. It provides an in-depth look at the science of substance use disorders and addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue, and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions, and promote recovery.

Read the full report here.

For those struggling with substance use, call 1-800-622-HELP or visit: 

Congressional Briefing: Healthy Parenting through Primary Care

Join co-sponsors, Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander, at the Capitol Visitor’s Center in Washington, DC for a briefing that brings together researchers and evaluators, practitioners, policymakers, and parents to discuss the effectiveness of family-focused prevention interventions, as well as personal accounts of how these interventions have had positive effects on families. CLICK HERE for more information.
To register for this event, CLICK HERE. Registration deadline is April 15.

Register Now for CTC at Blueprints Conference

Join David Hawkins, Kevin Haggerty, Blair Brooke-Weiss, and Dalene Dutton on April 11th in Denver, Colorado for a community of learners session for communities implementing CTC and an opportunity to share successes and challenges. We will explore practices and strategies to operationalize the Social Development Strategy in CTC communities. We will also explore the eCTC’s web-based platform and experiences of current users. How CTC can be used to select and implement evidence-based programs from the Blueprints will be reviewed, and participants will share strategies for ensuring high quality implementation of Blueprints programs.

Register today! 

New CTC Research: A Note from the Investigators

A new paper in Prevention Science using data from the Community Youth Development Study (Rhew et al. 2015) did not find effects of CTC on reducing problem behaviors in repeated cross-sectional samples of 6th, 8th and 10th grade students. Although drug use and delinquency generally decreased in prevalence in CTC communities for each of these grades over the course of the study, the level of decrease was not significantly different from control communities.These results are in contrast to earlier findings showing significant reductions in levels of problem behaviors in CTC compared to control communities when using a different study design that followed a longitudinal panel of youth starting from 5th grade (Hawkins et al. 2008).

While disappointing, these contrasting findings were not entirely surprising to the research team. We recognized at the outset that the longitudinal panel design would have greater ability to detect CTC effects than the repeated cross-sectional analyses of all students in a particular grade every two years. One reason for this is that collecting data from the same individuals over time allows analyses to control for individual characteristics and differences at baseline. The repeated cross-sectional samples, on the other hand, include different individuals at each wave and the composition of the samples may differ according to some important ways that may mask effects. The longitudinal panel may also be better suited to detect effects because the panel experienced very little attrition whereby youth who were exposed to CTC are not followed up at later assessments. Nor was it possibly biased by accretion whereby the inclusion of young people in the sample who are new to the community and thus not exposed or minimally exposed would offset beneficial effects among those who received greater exposure to CTC.

In summary, while CTC had significant effects on reducing alcohol use, tobacco use and delinquent and violent behavior in the longitudinal panel through grades 8, 10 and 12, the repeated cross-sectional grade-level samples did not show similar significant effects likely due to methodologic limitations of the study design. We still recommend that communities collect cross-sectional data to track their progress over time related to their prioritized risk and protective factors and prioritized outcomes. Communities implementing CTC in the trial were able to demonstrate progress toward their goals and demonstrated steeper decreases in their communities than the state-wide data overall. Using cross-sectional data for community monitoring is still recommended.


Hawkins, J. David, Catalano, Richard F., Arthur, Michael W., Egan, Elizabeth (2008). “Testing Communities That Care: The rationale, design and behavioral baseline equivalence of the Community Youth Development Study.” Prevention Science, 9(3), 178-190.

Rhew, Isaac C., Hawkins, J. David, Murray, David M., Fagan, Abigail A., Oesterle, Sabrina, Abbott, Robert D., Catalano, Richard F. (in press). “Evaluation of community-level effects of Communities That Care on adolescent drug use and delinquency using a repeated cross-sectional design.” Prevention Science.

Seattle’s Communities in Action in the news

Communities in Action, a University of Washington School of Social Work initiative in Southeast and Central Seattle neighborhoods using the Communities That Care framework, presented their action plan to key leaders this week. The group plans to move ahead with implementation of three evidence-based programs targeting two priority risk areas: mental health and violence. Read the Seattle Times column here.

Dalene Dutton Joins CTC Center Staff

The University of Washington Center for Communities That Care is very pleased to announce that Dalene Dutton has joined the Center as a CTC Specialist. Prior to joining the Center in July, 2015, she coordinated the activities of a Communities That Care (CTC) Coalition in Maine for 12 years. A certified CTC Master Trainer and coach, Ms. Dutton has been proactively assisting communities across North and South America with implementation of the CTC model since 2011. As a former high school chemistry teacher and science curriculum specialist, she has “on the ground” public school and educational leadership experience. Ms. Dutton also has considerable expertise in juvenile justice issues—she serves on the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group’s Executive Board, and currently chairs the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. Ms. Dutton will be providing training and coaching to the growing number of communities using the eCTC web-based workshops.


CTC Facilitator Training October 2015

The UW Center for Communities That Care will host its next eCTC Training of Facilitators this coming October in Seattle!

This is an opportunity for CTC coordinators and facilitators to learn how to use the new, web-based materials to facilitate CTC workshops in their community. The Facilitator Training will be held on Monday, October 5th, 2015 to Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 from approximately 8 AM- 5 PM.

To register and for details, please contact us: or (206) 685-7723.

New IOM release: Unleashing the Power of Prevention

Today the Institute of Medicine released two individually-authored perspectives on the power of prevention: Unleashing the Power of Prevention and A Challenge to Unleash the Power of Prevention. The authors “propose a grand challenge that will advance the policies, programs, funding, and workforce preparation needed to promote behavioral health and prevent behavioral health problems among all young people—including those at greatest disadvantage or risk, from birth through age 24.”