Mission of Barnstable County Regional Substance Addiction Council (RSAC)

The purpose of the Barnstable County Regional Substance Addiction Council (RSAC) is to establish a communication infrastructure across towns, providers, organizations, and individuals on Cape Cod. This allows us as a region to identify and address gaps and disparities in the service system, maximize inter-agency collaboration and to maximize funding and resource opportunities.

Barnstable County will have a coordinated and comprehensive regional approach to substance use across the continuum of prevention, treatment, intervention, and recovery.

The core functions of the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council are to:

  • Establish and maintain a Cape-wide Regional Substance Use Council
  • Establish a legislative and advocacy plan to effect policy change
  • Facilitate funding and support of identified regional priorities
  • Establish a communication strategy
  • Support evidence-based and promising practices and programs
  • Provide surveillance, information management, and technical assistance.

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Membership

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.

Governance

The Regional Substance Use Council adopted a Governance Charter in 2014, which was updated in 2015.

Meetings & Minutes

Calendar

Visit the Department of Human Services’ Calendar for RSAC meetings and their related documents, or navigate to the Meetings folder below.

RSAC Council Meetings
1st Thursday of every month from 3:30 – 4:30 PM via REMOTE participation until further notice per Open Meeting Law.

For agendas or meeting minutes from previous years, email humanservices@barnstablecounty.org

Harm Reduction Work Group
The Harm Reduction Work Group meets on an as-needed basis.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Kate Lena at kate.lena@barnstablecounty.org

Prevention Work Group
The Prevention Work Group meets on an as-needed basis.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Kate Lena at kate.lena@barnstablecounty.org

Recovery Work Group
The Recovery Work Group meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, PIER Recovery Center, 209 Main St., Hyannis.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Kate Lena at kate.lena@barnstablecounty.org

Treatment Work Group
Second Monday each month, 3:00 – 4:30 PM at Gosnold Center, 1185 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Kate Lena at kate.lena@barnstablecounty.org

For questions, email kate.lena@barnstablecounty.org

Below please find folders containing Meeting Agendas, Associated Meeting Documents (if any), and Meeting Minutes for the Regional Substance Addiction Council meetings.  If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact kate.lena@barnstablecounty.org

Massachusetts Collaborative for Action, Leadership and Learning 3 (MassCALL3)

Barnstable County Department of Human Services (BCDHS) has received funding from BSAS since 2015 through SAPC and MOAPC grants to address youth substance use and opioid overdose and fatalities. BCDHS has provided strategic planning, technical assistance/data analysis, and sub-grantee funding new and existing town coalitions and has supported and serves on new coalitions (e.g. Cape Cod Alcohol Coalition). MassCALL3 funding will allow ongoing support of the County’s 10 town substance use prevention coalitions and will allow additional focus on assessing and planning for the needs of youth at disproportionate risk of first use of substances (e.g. youth experiencing homelessness, experiencing mental/behavioral health problems, LGBTQ youth, and racial/ethnic minorities). Support of community coalitions, provision of regional SUD-related assessment and analysis, and strategic planning and technical assistance to partners is consistent with BCDHS’s core mission: to plan, develop, and implement programs which enhance the overall delivery of human services in Barnstable County to promote the health and social well-being of County residents through both regional efforts and local support designed to improve coordination of human services.

Publications and Data

Barnstable County Department of Human Services provides critical documents, resources, and related links relating to substance use. For a repository of synthesized local data in original in-house publications and reports, visit the RSAC Publications and Data web page.

Support Groups

Support groups are non-professional peer groups comprising of members who share the same problem and voluntarily support one another in recovery. Although formal treatment is not provided in groups of this nature, these groups provide social, emotional, and informational support for persons throughout the recovery process and are a major component of a person’s recovery plan.
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Contact

  • Contact Kate Lena at kate.lena@barnstablecounty.org
  • Read latest issues of the Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) E-Newsletter.
  • Sign-up for the Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) E-Newsletter
  • To submit E-Newsletter Content click: Submission Form Link (provide: descriptive title, brief description, PDF attachments only, Website link, contact information of the person submitting and organization).

Barnstable County Regional Substance Addiction Coalition E-Newsletter

The Barnstable County Regional Substance Addiction Coalition E-Newsletter is the hub of timely information on substance use and related issues in Barnstable County. With a readership of more than 1000, the monthly e-newsletter reaches human service organizations, elected officials and County residents about upcoming trainings, funding opportunities, important community events and news.

Due to the vast number of submissions to the newsletter, the Department reserves the right to limit the number of times a submission is published. Email questions to humanservices@barnstablecounty.org. To read earlier editions of the BC DHS and RSAC E-Newsletter, email humanservices@barnstablecounty.org

County Supported Grants

More information coming soon.

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