Business Sense and Cents---the case for prevention

We are ALL stakeholders in the effort to prevent adolescent substance abuse, violence, delinquency, school dropout, suicide, and teen pregnancy.

To be successful, the prevention efforts of Five Town Communities That Care (CTC) must include the support and collaboration of all segments of our community, including businesses. To earn business support we know we must demonstrate the positive impact of our work--- and we are confident that CTC is an excellent investment in our community.

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A five-year cost-benefit analysis of the Communities That Care (CTC) system over 12 communities showed a savings of $5.30 for every dollar spent even when the positive effects on only delinquency and tobacco use were monetized. The benefit per dollar is higher than that given that we can show significant decreases in substance abuse when communities use CTC and that substance abuse costs our society a lot of money.

Investing in prevention makes both fiscal and moral sense for your business. It gives you more than a good feeling and a way to contribute to the common good: it strengthens your bottom line, too. By helping our community’s kids mature into healthy, productive adults, you are in fact creating a strong base of future customers and employees.

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Here in the Five Town community, our efforts have been making a positive difference:

  • Rates of having ever used alcohol are the lowest in 10 years for all grade levels.
  • We’ve made great strides in suicide awareness and prevention; education is widely available, and most youth-serving agencies now have plans in place to deal with the aftermath of the death of a youth by suicide.
  • Middle school delinquency (shoplifting, damaging property, etc.) is down, with most measures at ten-year lows.
  • Dropout rates at CHRHS are half the State of Maine average (1.5% versus 3.4%).

But we still have work to do: Most of our young people who drink do so heavily (five or more drinks in one sitting). Knox County still has one of the highest suicide rates in Maine. Students in our state report being bullied at higher rates than the national average.

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Five Town CTC will continue to support prevention programming, provide information to the public on prevention-related issues, and offer free training and technical assistance to local youth-serving organizations. Your business can make a big difference by donating to our year-end fund appeal… every dollar counts!

Your business can help in other ways, too. Please contact us if your business would like more information on:

____Sponsorship levels for the Harvest Hoot festival in 2013.
____Sharing Five Town CTC information with customers, onsite or in a mailing.
____Donating needed office supplies.
____Volunteering manpower/time to help with an event or other initiative.
____Lending our business space for an event.



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