Delinquency Prevention Initiative

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's prevention initiative was built in large part on the success of the Communities That Care (CTC) risk-focused prevention strategy, which began in 1994. PCCD has long supported the CTC initiative, a science-based community assessment and collaborative planning process that has been adopted in communities across the Commonwealth.

In 1996, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with funding from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, designed and launched a national violence prevention initiative to identify prevention programs that are effective preventing adolescent problem behavior.

The Blueprints for Violence Prevention consist of 11 prevention and intervention programs identified as effective in preventing or reducing certain problem behaviors in adolescents.

With the support of the PCCD Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee, and in coordination with the PCCD Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), over 160 research-based programs have been implemented utilizing federal and state dollars.

PCCD continues to support the Communities That Care (CTC) risk-focused prevention strategy that assists communities that are working to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors to enable their young people to grow and develop in a healthy environment. The CTC process also provides communities with the foundation and technical assistance to best prepare for implementing evidence based programming.

Activities under the PCCD Prevention Initiative are guided by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee's Resource Center Steering Committee. To learn more about the work of the Resource Center Steering Committee, the Blueprints for Violence Prevention Model Programs and CTC, see the links below.

Blueprints for Violence Prevention

Communities That Care