Community Connections


Community Connection Programs

Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC)

The SAPC grant, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) focuses on decreasing underage drinking and other drug use in the Merrimack Valley communities of Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence, North Andover, and Methuen. SAPC initiatives follow a data-informed process, engaging in a wide-variety of prevention and education activities, implementing evidence-based strategies and local sustainable “best practices”.
SAPC provides a wide-variety of activities including: “Life Skills” curriculum implementation, Substance Abuse Prevention forums for teens and families, Media campaigns targeting alcohol awareness and prevention for families and teens, Youth social marketing campaigns targeting youth attitudes towards drinking while promoting positive behavior and decision-making practices.

Contact Us:
Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative Grant Program (SAPC)
Ana Javier, Coordinator SAPC Grant Programming

Drug Free Community (DFC)

The Lawrence Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant supports the LMCC community coalition working to reduce substance use and abuse among youth to create safer and healthier communities. This collaborative program provides community and business organizations, resource partners, families, youth, schools, and law enforcement officials the ability to join forces to meet the local prevention needs of the Lawrence community. Lawrence was awarded the DFC grant in 2015 partnering with Family Services of the Merrimack Valley and Lawrence Methuen Community Coalition (LMCC).

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Drug Free Communities Grant Program ( DFC)
Evelyn Rodriguez, Coordinator DFC Grant Programming