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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A.S.A.P.:  An Overview



What is A.S.A.P.?

The Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Inc., (A.S.A.P.) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation formed in 1995.

What is the mission of A.S.A.P.?

The A.S.A.P. mission is to provide leadership, education and support in the Nantucket community for the prevention of alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse, and related problems. We focus on prevention rather than treatment, which is handled by other island nonprofit organizations with whom we have partnerships.

Who comprises the A.S.A.P. coalition?

A.S.A.P.  is a cross-sector collaborative of community leaders, parents, youth, school administration and teachers, youth development and fraternal organizations, civic and volunteer groups, health care and business professionals, law enforcement and the media.  Together they serve as the community-wide substance abuse prevention coalition known as A.S.A.P. Nantucket.

Officers leading the organization are Holly McGowan (president), Janet Emack (vice president), and Allan Bell (secretary/treasurer).  Board members include NHS students Stefan Silverio, Maggie Toole and Sophie Proch; business person John O'Connor; CPS teacher Michelle Olson; NHS principal John Buckey; NPS superintendent Michael Cozort; Steven Tornovish and John Rockett of the NPD; Liz Shannon of the NFD; NHS teacher Anthony Suppa; past ASAP president Linda Spery; past ASAP secretary-treasurer Mike Dagesse; community leader Mark Godfrey; Rachel Chretien, Town of Nantucket; and Unitarian minister Rev. Linda Simmons.  Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant project manager is Catherine Kelly.

How does A.S.A.P. collaborate with other nonprofits in the Nantucket community?

We collaborate with numerous island organizations and are active members of the Healthy Communities Collaborative.  We work closely with A Safe Place, the Council for Human Services, Interfaith Council, Access Nantucket, Nantucket Police Department, Nantucket Public Schools, the Nantucket New School, Lighthouse School, Boys & Girls Club, Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nantucket Community Sailing, Dreamland, Nantucket Community School, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Off-island partners include the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration and the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Dependence.  We have received grant funding from Town of Nantucket Human Services and the Community Foundation for Nantucket.


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