Regional Substance Use Council
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Regional Substance Use Council
The purpose of the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) is to establish a communication infrastructure across towns, providers, organizations, and individuals on Cape Cod. This allows us as a region to identify and address gaps and disparities in the service system, maximize inter-agency collaboration and to maximize funding and resource opportunities.
Barnstable County will have a coordinated and comprehensive regional approach to substance use across the continuum of prevention, treatment, intervention, and recovery.
The core functions of the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council are to:
- Establish and maintain a Cape-wide Regional Substance Use Council
- Establish a legislative and advocacy plan to effect policy change
- Facilitate funding and support of identified regional priorities
- Establish a communication strategy
- Support evidence-based and promising practices and programs
- Provide surveillance, information management, and technical assistance.
The Regional Substance Use Council has multi-sector representation from stakeholders and organizations working on the issue of substance use in Barnstable County. RSAC has representation from each of the 15 towns, elected officials, hospital, treatment providers, community health centers, law enforcement, schools, first responders, parents, faith-based, youth, business community, and people in recovery.
The Regional Substance Use Council adopted a Governance Charter in 2014, which was updated in 2015.
Visit Department of Human Services’ Calendar for RSAC meetings and their related documents, or click on a date below.
RSAC Council Meetings
1st Thursday of every month from 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Location: Harborview Conference Room (unless otherwise specified) at the Barnstable County Complex, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630. Meetings are open to the public.
For agendas or meeting minutes from previous years, email email@example.com
Harm Reduction Work Group
The Harm Reduction Work Group meets on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in attending, please contact Vaira Harik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevention Work Group
The Prevention Work Group meets on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kim Slade at email@example.com.
Recovery Work Group
The Recovery Work Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, PIER Recovery Center, 209 Main St., Hyannis. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kim Slade at firstname.lastname@example.org
Treatment Work Group
Second Monday each month, 3:00 – 4:30 PM at Gosnold Center, 1185 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632. If you are interested in attending, please contact Vaira Harik at email@example.com
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) grant is part of a comprehensive approach to substance use prevention across the state. Its aim is to implement local policy, practice, systems, and environmental change for two key purposes: 1) To prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids, including first use; and 2) To prevent and reduce unintentional deaths and non-fatal hospital events associated with opioid overdoses. The MOAPC grant is part of a comprehensive prevention effort in Barnstable County utilizing the public health model and evidence-based approaches. MOAPC partners include the towns of Barnstable, Bourne, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Yarmouth. Administered by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, the MOAPC grant is integrated with the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) and the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant to coordinate regional efforts to combat substance use on Cape Cod. Funding for the grant is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
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:
- Dennis Substance Use Disorder Advisory Council
- Falmouth Commission on Substance Use
- Lower Cape Prevention Partnership – Harwich and Chatham (Monomoy Schools)
- Mashpee Substance Use Taskforce
- Nauset School District
- Sandwich Substance Use Prevention Committee
- Yarmouth Substance Awareness Committee
The SAPC Grant is administered by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services and its activities are integrated with the Regional Substance Use Council and the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) to coordinate regional efforts to combat substance use on Cape Cod.
Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides critical documents, resources, and related links relating to substance use. For a repository of synthesized local data in original in-house publications and reports, visit the RSAC Publications and Data web page.
Support groups are non-professional peer groups comprising of members who share the same problem and voluntarily support one another in recovery. Although formal treatment is not provided in groups of this nature, these groups provide social, emotional, and informational support for persons throughout the recovery process and are a major component of a person’s recovery plan.
Visit Support Groups
- Contact Beth Albert at email@example.com.
- Read latest issues of the Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) E-Newsletter.
- Sign-up for the Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) E-Newsletter
- Submit E-Newsletter Content: Email firstname.lastname@example.org (provide: descriptive title, brief description, attachments, submitted in PDF or text format, Website link, contact information of the person submitting and organization).
The Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) E-Newsletter is a monthly newsletter is designed to provide information on substance use across the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. Read latest newsletter HERE
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