In 1999, Rick Williams, at that time Magisterial District Judge, and Karen Goss, at that time Director of Mifflin County Children & Youth, were instrumental in spearheading the effort to form a Communities That Care in Mifflin County. These leaders began by forming a “Key Leaders” group, and the Key Leaders wrote the initial implementation grant proposal.
This implementation grant was awarded in 2000 to the Mifflin County Children and Youth by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. This grant funded work to put together a community-wide prevention plan that used the “Communities That Care” (CTC) process. The goal was to determine our community’s readiness to form a coalition, to identify the risk and protective factors in Mifflin County, to inventory existing prevention programs, and to identify prevention gaps in the community. With prevention as the focus (rather than intervention), representation from all facets of the community was sought, and community members were invited to become stakeholders in the healthy development of our youth.
The purpose of the initial implementation grant was to give Mifflin County the resources to put together a well-developed prevention plan that would allow CTC to seek additional dollars over the next three years (2001-2004) to put our plan into action.
The prevention plan was approved and Mifflin County Communities That Care is moving forward to build and support programs that address the identified risk factors and prevention gaps in Mifflin County.