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If you would like to help the Cape Cod community respond to our substance use, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Attend a training

The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership lists trainings across Massachusetts in various areas of substance use.

Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) Training

If you have local trainings or events you would like listed here, please contact Kim Slade at

Sign up for the RSAC newsletter to get up-to-date information on upcoming trainings.


Virtual Training: Cultural Humility as a Methodology for Collaborating with Massachusetts Native Communities

Friday, October 16, 2020  |  9:30am – 3:30pm

The training team will present an interactive program that integrates best practices and principles regarding training for cultural humility in health care and human services (Fisher-Bourne, Cain and Martin, 2015; Betancourt, Green and Carrillo, 2016), while communicating essential knowledge and nuanced understanding regarding Native communities in Massachusetts.  Register Now >>

Virtual Training: Youth Substance Use 101

October 8th, 2020  |  9:00am – 12:00pm

This training provides an overview of the disease of addiction, key issues to be aware of when working with youth struggling with substance use, and how best to support youth in recovery and their families. We will review key risk factors for the development of youth substance use disorders, including early onset, trauma, co-occurring mental health issues, genetics, and environmental factors.

We will look at trends of use and how best to intervene through screening, assessment, and referral to treatment. Best practices for engaging youth in treatment will be emphasized.

This training will also review the different levels of care currently available in Massachusetts, licensed by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS)/Office of Youth and Young Adult Services, including detox/stabilization, residential treatment, recovery high schools, and outpatient services. Family recovery supports will also be identified. This training is aimed towards anyone working with youth and young adults; prior knowledge is not required. Register Now >>

Attend a meeting

The Regional Substance Use Council has multi-sector representation from stakeholders and organizations working on the issue of substance use in Barnstable County. RSAC has representation from each of the 15 towns, elected officials, hospital, treatment providers, community health centers, law enforcement, schools, first responders, parents, faith-based, youth, business community, and people in recovery.

RSAC Council Meetings

The next meeting of the Regional Substance Use Council will be held virtually on September 10, 2020 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. If you are interested in attending and are not on our email list, please email to be added. Information on future meetings will be added soon.



Get involved with your local substance use coalition.


Bourne Substance Free Coalition is a group trying to deter substance use in town.


The Falmouth Commission on Substance Use is a town board created by Town Meeting whose mission is to prevent substance abuse among Falmouth residents, provide information and education to the community and to promote the development and availability of a continuum of substance abuse services for the Falmouth community.


Lower Cape Prevention Partnership in Monomoy is dedicated to supporting a drug-free community by providing information, education, and support services to the residents of Harwich and surrounding towns toward the prevention of illegal drug use and related crime and violence.

Contact: Sheila House at Harwich Youth Services, 508-430-7836 or


The Mashpee Substance Use Task Force is a multi-disciplinary collaboration designed to promote community awareness of substance use through education, prevention and treatment to build a healthy, safe and drug-free community.


The Yarmouth Substance Awareness Committee (Y-SAC) was established by the Board of Selectmen to raise community awareness and provide education and support programs to address prevention and intervention with substance use in the Town of Yarmouth.

The membership includes residents, parents, students, clergy, businesses, town government and agency representatives, law enforcement and individuals in recovery. The committee meets at 6:30 PM on the first Wednesday of the month at the Yarmouth Police Headquarters on Higgins Crowell Road.

New members always welcome!

Get the newsletter

Stay up-to-date on local, state and national news around substance use. Sign-up for the Regional Substance Use Council E-Newsletter. Click here.

To submit an event for publication in our newsletter, please visit Barnstable County Newsletter Submission.

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