Youth substance abuse prevention programs get state funding

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Article Author: Amy Phillips
Publication Name: WWLP
Article Date: 4/20/2021
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BOSTON (WWLP)–Youth substance use prevention programs across the state will receive grant funding through a state health initiative. 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced $3.8 million in annual grants to 31 programs. This is the third Massachusetts Collaborative for Action, Leadership, and Learning (MassCALL3) award under the Substance Misuse Prevention Grant Programs. The grants will be distributed over eight years, beginning in FY22 through FY29, to support local substance use prevention efforts.

The program is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grant.

Below is a list of municipalities and organizations from western Massachusetts that will receive grants:

  • Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
  • City of Springfield
  • Collaborative for Educational Services (Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton, South Hadley, and Hadley)
  • Franklin Regional Council of Governments
  • Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
  • Railroad Street Youth Project (Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Egremont, and Sheffield)

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