What We Do
Chambersburg Cares is an initiative of Healthy Communities Partnership that was formed in April of 2015. The coalition works to reduce substance use among youth in Chambersburg, PA. The coalition is an active group of professionals with representation from 12 sectors including: religious/fraternal, youth, youth-serving organizations, state/local government, civic & volunteer groups, business, parents, healthcare, media, schools, law enforcement, and other organizations involved in substance abuse.
Alcohol is the most abused substance by youth in Franklin County. 2017 PAYS data reports, 62.9% of 12th graders in Franklin County have drank alcohol and the primary source continues to be parents. Parental attitudes, access, and acceptance are the main factors that contribute to underage drinking in Franklin County. Studies show, alcohol may impact the development of the adolescent brain including; memory, voluntary motor behavior, impulse control, rule learning, spatial learning, planning, and decision-making. These skills can have lasting impacts on the health and success of youth.