Through a 2008 federal grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) identified fatal and non-fatal opioid-related overdoses as one of the substance abuse issues of greatest concern in the state of Massachusetts.
In an effort to help local stakeholders understand and address the opioid overdose problem in their communities, BSAS awarded MassCALL II grants to 15 high-incidence communities across the state. Impact Quincy, a program of Bay State Community Services (BSCS), as well as Cambridge OPEN (the Cambridge Opioid Prevention Education Network), a program of the Cambridge Prevention Coalition (CPC), both received MassCALL II funds. Throughout this project, both programs have worked in collaboration with multiple community stakeholders to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses in their communities. ICH has worked with both groups throughout the four years of the grant to provide evaluation support.