Barnstable, Massachusetts, February 11, 2020– Recipients from several communities across Cape Cod will receive a grant up to $6,000 from Barnstable County Department of Human Services through the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC). Recipients will use funds to pay for various efforts addressing substance use among youth. Barnstable, Falmouth, Mashpee, Harwich, Yarmouth, and Dennis will receive funding to support one or more of the following projects:
Bruce Murphy, Director of Health at the Town of Yarmouth, says, “The Yarmouth Substance Awareness Committee is excited to receive a County grant for the second year. The Committee, along with the newly formed Dennis Substance Use Disorder Advisory Council, will be working with Dennis-Yarmouth High School in providing a substance-free event, “Last Night Luau” at the Bass River Yacht Club, with food, music, games, photo booth, and Snapchat for a memorable night before senior graduation. The Committee will be working with the school to provide educational materials and creating PSA’s regarding the laws and dangers associated with underage drinking, vaping, and substance use.”
Kim Slade, Substance Use Program Manager at Barnstable County’s Department of Human Services, says, “We are very pleased to have had so many communities apply for mini-grants this year. With eight applicants from six communities, we are excited to help empower communities on Cape Cod to address youth substance use head-on.”
About the (SAPC) Grant
The Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant is part of a comprehensive approach to substance use prevention across the Commonwealth. With funding provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, the SAPC program in Barnstable County is part of a coordinated regional prevention effort. SAPC uses evidence-based strategies, including policy, practice, and system change, to reduce substance misuse and build capacity throughout the community to address underage drinking and other illicit substance use. SAPC partners include Barnstable School District, The Town of Sandwich, Prevention Committee, Falmouth Commission on Substance Use, Mashpee Substance Use Task Force, Dennis Substance Use Disorder Advisory Council, Yarmouth Substance Awareness Committee, Lower Cape Prevention Partnership – Harwich and Chatham (Monomoy Schools) and the Nauset School District. The SAPC Grant is administered by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, and its activities are integrated with the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) and the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC).