Substance Use Disorder Prevention Services

Substance Use Disorder Prevention Team

Our Mission

To promote primary prevention of substance use knowledge to youth, caretakers, and community members; minimize harmful consequences; increase public available treatment sources; and educate, engage and advocate for recovery support services.

Staff and contact information:

Justin Chellman, Program Director, MOAPC, (413) 787-6724 (p); (413) 787-6458(f); jchellman@springfieldcityhall.com

Chelsea Orefice, Program Coordinator, SAPC, (413) 787-6718(p); (413) 787-6458(f); corefice@springfieldcityhall.com

Brielle Ruth, Program Coordinator, PFS II, (413) 784-4953 (p); (413) 787-6458(f); bruth@springfieldcityhall.com

Massachusetts Opioid Addiction Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) Grant Program

The Massachusetts Opioid Addiction Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) grant program is part of a comprehensive approach to substance use prevention in Massachusetts. The Springfield Department of Health and Human Services works with the cities of Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, and the town of East Longmeadow, to further opioid overdose prevention efforts. The program addresses how we can better combat the lack of knowledge around overdose risk and response strategies. Its aim is to implement local policy practice, systems, and environmental change as well as to prevent and reduce unintentional deaths and nonfatal hospital events associated with opioid poisonings.

Staff contact information:

Justin Chellman, Program Director, MOAPC, (413) 787-6724 (p); (413) 787-6458(f); jchellman@springfieldcityhall.com

Substance Addiction Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) Grant Program

The SAPC initiative is part of a comprehensive approach to substance use prevention in Massachusetts. This initiative implements evidence-based environmental strategies that can be sustained through local policy, practice, and systems changes to reduce substance use within Springfield and neighboring municipalities.  In implementing the SAPC grant, Springfield works in partnership with the municipalities of Chicopee and East Longmeadow to reduce underage drinking, tobacco, and marijuana use. This collaborate effort is intended to increase the capacity of municipalities to prevent and reduce underage drinking and other drug use among youth in their communities.

Staff contact information:

Chelsea Orefice, Program Coordinator, SAPC, (413) 787-6718(p); (413) 787-6458(f); corefice@springfieldcityhall.com

 

Partnerships for Success (PFS) Grant Program

Partnerships for Success addresses the Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs among Middle and High School Aged Youth in Springfield. The program strives to collaborate with community stakeholders to engage and educate youth and caregivers in strategies that raise awareness about prescription medications. We focus our prevention efforts on late middle and early high school-age youth, their parents and/or primary caregivers to relate the issue of prescription drug safety to overall health and understanding proper use, misuse, and harmful/problem use. Provide education, trainings and technical assistance to schools and youth serving organizations on evidenced based policies and practices to reduce/prevent Rx drug misuse and harmful/problem use. Research shows that it is often during middle school or early on in high school that students start to experiment with and/or begin to use prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them.

Staff contact information:

Brielle Ruth, Program Coordinator, PFS II, (413) 784-4953 (p); (413) 787-6458(f);
bruth@springfieldcityhall.com

Page last updated:  Friday, January 24, 2020 11:29 am