Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative

The purpose of the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant program is to prevent to prevent underage drinking and other drug use across the Commonwealth. Additionally, this grant program serves to increase both the number and capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth addressing these issues.

BSAS is funding local municipalities across the Commonwealth to prevent underage drinking and other drug use through local policy, practice, systems and environmental change(s). The SAPC program emphasizes the integration of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model into overall prevention systems, to ensure a consistent data-driven planning process across the Commonwealth focused on implementing culturally competent and sustainable strategies and interventions that will have a measurable effect on preventing and reducing opioid abuse and opioid overdoses in Massachusetts communities.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant program is part of a comprehensive approach to substance use disorder prevention in Massachusetts, which includes the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) and SAMHSA’s Partnerships for Success 2015 (PFS 2015) grant programs.

All of these state initiatives follow a data-informed process and focus primarily on implementing evidence-based environmental strategies and local “best practices” that can be sustained through local policy, practice, and systems changes to reduce substance misuse and abuse within Massachusetts communities and to increase both the number and the capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth engaging in prevention work around these issues. These programs also emphasize the integration of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model into overall prevention systems, to ensure a consistent data-driven planning process across the Commonwealth focused on implementing effective and sustainable strategies and interventions.

Additionally, this program seek to provide financial support for groups of municipalities to enter into formal, long term agreements to share resources and coordinate activities in order to increase the scope of this work and their capacity to address these issues among their combined populations. In implementing these grants programs, funded programs (“lead municipalities”) must work in partnership with neighboring municipalities, to form a “Prevention Cluster”. Substance use disorder is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) Grant Program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to address the issue of opioid use and abuse, and fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in Massachusetts. 

Click on any of the links of the funded communities on the right to view more information about their program and cluster communities.

This guidance document is a resource for municipalities, individuals, organizations, community coalitions, and other groups who are implementing universal prevention efforts aimed at preventing and reducing underage drinking and other drug use in Massachusetts, including those whose efforts are funded by the Massachusetts DPH, BSAS, and, more specifically, grantees of the SAPC grant program.

There is also an online interactive version of the SAPC guidance document that can be accessed here.