BOSTON– Senator Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) and Representative Harold Naughton (D-Clinton) announced that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded a total of 100K in new grant funding to dramatically expand the availability of substance abuse prevention services and programs to the town of Northborough. Hudson received the full amount and will also use the funding to provide services to the towns of Northborough, Southborough and Framingham that are in the service area.
“I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for securing this important grant funding to provide important services for individuals dealing with drug addiction and for prioritizing solutions to combat substance abuse,” said Senator Eldridge. “This builds on the recommendations of the Governor’s Opioid Working Group and I am pleased that a number of areas in the district I represent will benefit from these vital programs and services.”
“With opiate abuse on the rise, it is crucial that we provide our cities and towns with the tools needed to successfully battle drug addiction,” said Representative Gregoire. “Educating students, parents and teachers of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse is the first step towards ending the rampant overdoses and drug dependency that have flooded our communities.”
“This funding reflects Massachusetts’ commitment to address the overwhelming substance abuse issue facing various communities throughout the state,” said Representative Naughton. “I am confident that this grant funding will provide tremendous assistance at the local level and take deliberate steps to offer the highest level of care for residents seeking help with addiction.”
The Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant will support this statewide objective by building and improving the capacity of municipalities to address these issues in alignment with strategies recommended by Governor Baker’s Opioid Working Group.
The SAPC grant builds on the work of the 31 programs previously funded by the Department of Public Health by widening the scope of that prevention work to include opioids and other often-abused substances, and by significantly increasing municipal engagement by funding municipal partnerships – boosting the number of participating communities from 27 to 127.