Communities That Care (CTC)


The residents of Fountain Valley are taking important steps to address youth substance use and abuse by implementing Communities That Care (CTC), a prevention system that has been proven to reduce alcohol and tobacco use, crime and violence among youth.  

The Fountain Valley is part of a statewide CTC effort that seeks to promote healthy youth development, improve outcomes, and reduce problem behaviors among youth through achieving the following objectives:

  • Reduce risk or increase protective factors commonly associated with underage use or abuse of substances
  • Delay initiation and reduce current use of marijuana, alcohol, and opioids among middle and/or high school students

Our Vision

Fountain Valley is a collaborative community that prepares youth through opportunities in order to empower, promote resiliency, and strengthen family and community connectedness.

Learn more about how we are achieving this vision by reviewing our Community Action Plan.

Interested in joining the coalition? Sign up here.

Meet Our CTC Community

With the help of a dedicated Communities that Care (CTC) staff, community leaders established the Fountain CTC Key Leader Board. The Key Leader Board is committed to supporting healthy youth development in Fountain, promoting the CTC process, and securing resources for implementing the community's chosen strategies.

Organizations and individuals from across Fountain, Fort Carson and Widefield/Security have come together to establish the Fountain Valley CTC Community Board*. The Community Board leads and participates in decision-making, promoting the the CTC process by informing others about this evidenced-based work, and ensuring the Community Action Plan is carried out. 

*The Community Board currently includes citizens, parents and youth, as well as representatives from Alliance for Kids, Boys and Girls Club, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, City of Fountain, Council of Neighbors and Organizations, CPCD Head Start, Fountain Fort Carson School District 8, Fountain Police Department, Fort Carson, Health Solutions, Home Front Military Care Network, Inside Out Youth Services, Kidpower of Colorado, Marijuana Tax Revenue Program, Pikes Peak Library District, Pikes Peak YMCA, Reading Success Matters, Salvation Army, Security Library, Widefield School District 3, and Widefield Parks and Recreation.

Get Involved

Community involvement is critical to the success of Communities that Care (CTC).  We are looking for volunteers who know Fountain Valley and are committed to improving the wellbeing of youth to join the Fountain Valley CTC Community Board, one of our Implementation Teams or workgroups:

Build Public Support for Quality Childcare Early in Life

Build Public Support for Creating Community Spaces for Youth

Build Public Support for Community-Wide Implementation of KidPower in Fountain Valley

Family Management Workgroup

Contact the Fountain Valley CTC Facilitators for more information:

Teresa Bassma
Youth Substance Use Prevention Planner
El Paso County Public Health 

Becca Barnhart
Youth Substance Use Prevention and Policy Specialist
El Paso County Public Health

Follow CTC on Facebook at @fountainvalleyctc 

Community Resources

  • Fountain Valley Community Services serves the Fountain community through the recognition, enhancement and strengthening of community resources by providing collaborative, local, personalized services. This group brings over 50 agencies together to meet and share information, updates and resources, led by a vision to provide a safe and supportive environment for all individuals. Fountain Valley Community Services meets the third Wednesday of every month from 2- 4 p.m. at the Fountain Library, 230 S Main Street, Fountain, CO 80817.
  • We are working on an initiative to connect Fountain Valley residents and families with resources and services. Contact Erica Molina at