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Press Release State public health officials award $972,000 for substance use disorder programming at three high schools

Award will provide comprehensive year-round, after-school and out-of-school, services and supports for youths with substance use disorder
For immediate release:
5/13/2021
  • Department of Public Health

Media Contact for State public health officials award $972,000 for substance use disorder programming at three high schools

Katheleen Conti, Assistant Director of Media Relations

BostonThe Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced $972,000 in grants awarded for after-school enrichment programming for young people aged 13-17 with substance use disorder or who have been identified as being at risk for developing this disorder.

The program will serve students in three high schools in Beverly, Boston, and Springfield and include educational tutoring, recreational activities, year-round programs (including after-school and out-of-school), and intervention/recovery support programs.

The award recipients are Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), City of Springfield/Springfield Public Schools, and the Northshore Education Consortium in Beverly.

“Research has shown that being in a school setting that promotes recovery provides students with an influential network that can lead to academic success and a reduction in substance use,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “This award will expand after-school and outside of school supports particularly in response to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“This award will provide meaningful, effective, and purpose-driven supports for adolescents with substance use disorder,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.

The grant award will be issued over the course of three years, with $54,000 distributed to each program in the first year, $216,000 in the second year, and $54,000 in the third year. The program is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grant.

“This program will be a positive step towards increasing Massachusetts’ capacity for targeted after-school enrichment for youths affected by or at risk for substance use disorder,” said Deirdre Calvert, Director of DPH’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. “Providing youths meaningful understanding for their diverse paths to recovery, as well as effective support in times of need, will protect their continued recovery and integration with greater society.”

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Media Contact for State public health officials award $972,000 for substance use disorder programming at three high schools

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