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Sunday, October 4, 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 and treatment of alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse, and related problems.

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), Carrie Keyes (vice president), and Allan Bell (secretary/treasurer).  Board members are John Buckey, Michael Cozort, Geno Geng, George Kelly,  Kim LaRue, Pam Meriam, John O'Connor, Michelle Olson, Jim Perelman, Parker Richards, Steven Tornovish, Mia Silverio, Emma Murphy, Maggie Toole, Linda Spery, Mike Dagesse, John Rockett, Liz Shannon, Nash Strudwick and Mark Godfrey.  Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant project manager is Catherine Kelly.

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

In February 2009, A.S.A.P. and Family & Children’s Services of Nantucket County (dba Nantucket Behavioral Health Services--NBHS) formed a professional affiliation to create a ‘continuum of care’ for substance abuse prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery. On Nantucket island we also collaborate with A Safe Place, Council for Human Services, Interfaith Council, Nantucket AIDS Network, NBHS, Nantucket Police Department, Nantucket Public Schools, the Nantucket New School, Lighthouse School, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Post Traumatic Stress Management Team .  Off-island partners include the Southeast Center for Healthy Communities (Health Imperatives), the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration and the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Dependence.


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