Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative of Greater Lowell
The purpose of the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) grant program is to prevent opioid abuse and opioid overdoses in the communities of Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, Westford, and Wilmington. Additionally, this grant program serves to increase both the number and capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth addressing these issues.
The MOAPC grant program is part of a comprehensive approach to substance use disorder prevention in Massachusetts, which includes the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) and SAMHSA’s Partnerships for Success 2015 (PFS 2015) grant programs.
Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) is funding local municipalities across the Commonwealth to prevent the use/abuse of opioids, prevent/reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses through local policy, practice, systems and environmental change(s). The MOAPC program emphasizes the integration of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model into overall prevention systems, to ensure a consistentdata-driven planning process across the Commonwealth focused on implementing culturally competent and sustainable strategies and interventions that will have a measurable effect on preventing and reducing opioid abuse and opioidoverdoses in Massachusetts communities.
MOAPC seeks to provide financial support for groups of municipalities to enter into formal, long term agreements to share resources and coordinate activities in order to increase the scope of this work and their capacity to address these issues among their combined populations. In implementing these grants programs, funded programs (“lead municipalities”) must work in partnership with neighboring municipalities, to form a “Prevention Cluster”. Substance use disorder is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach.