Communities that Care Training Expansion
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Addictive and Mental Disorder Division (AMDD) will hire two Communities that Care (CTC) coaches to help implement the CTC program in six counties (Lake, Flathead, Silver Bow, Toole, Lewis and Cark, and Pondera). CTC is a sustainable, evidence-based program designed to promote healthy youth development, improve health and social outcomes, and reduce problem behaviors. With a previous MHCF grant, AMDD hired a CTC program coordinator and contracted with the University of Washington to provide intensive training and technical support to help ten communities implement the program. This grant will support hiring two additional coaches to help expand the program into six counties. The project's primary partner is the DPHHS Public Health and Safety Division, which leads the state's public health efforts and coordinates services to local and Tribal public health agencies. AMDD's goal is to implement CTC in every county in Montana, and it has committed to continuing to scale the program by using internal resources to sustain these positions after our grant is done, and to support additional coordinators.