A CARE Team is developed and comprised of teachers, administrators, and staff from multiple community agencies including law enforcement, mental health, alcohol and drugs, and other social service agencies located throughout the county. The team works together in a school-based environment to address challenges facing the at-risk student population and their families.
The initiative is holistic in scope, represents a basic change in the teaching/learning process, is year-round, systemic, long-term, and consequence based. Although there is some standardization to the model, it allows for some customization based upon the unique needs of each school building/district. Each CARE Team works with students, families and community to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors.