The Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) was established in 2013 to address youth substance use. CAASA consists of a diverse representation of invested community partners who are representatives from Public Health, the Schools, Fire Rescue, Police, Parks and Recreation, Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, business, media, students, clinicians, and parents. Our collaboration allows for a 360 degree perspective on the issues affecting Canton and how best to address them.
In 2014, the Select Board of the Town of Canton officially recognized our group of dedicated volunteers as a town committee. CAASA held a name and logo contest in 2016. We realized that our original name (Canton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition) was cumbersome. A talented high school student won the contest, resulting in our current name and logo.
Business: Brian Mahoney
Civic and volunteer: Harriet Burak
Healthcare professional: Megan Berube, LICSW
Law enforcement sector: Lieutenant Charles Rae
Media: Jay Turner, Editor, Canton Citizen
Other organization involved in reducing substance abuse: Karen Keaveney, Bournewood Hospital
Parent: Dan Whitley
Religious/fraternal organization: Mike Mahan, Director of Catholic Youth Ministry
State and local agencies with expertise in substance abuse: Charles Doody, Fire Chief
Youth serving organization: Elizabeth Francis, Director of Parks and Recreation
Youth: Ryan Gordy, Canton Public Schools Wellness Director
CAASA Steering Committee
Elizabeth Francis, Chair, Parks & Recreation Director Term Expires: 2024
Harriet Burak, Vice Chair, Community Member Term Expires: 2022
Charlie Doody, Fiscal Manager, Fire/Rescue Chief Term Expires: 2022
Janet Donnelly, Secretary, Community Member Term Expires: 2022
Kenneth Berkowitz, Chief of Police Term Expires: 2022
TBD, Superintendent of Schools Term Expires: 2022
TBD, Board of Health Term Expires: 2023
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CAASA is receives allocated funds from multiple sources. Thank you to our funders!
CAASA was awarded the Drug Free Communities grant in 2020. As of fiscal year 2020, we are one of 36 awardees in Massachusetts and one of five in Norfolk County.
The Department of Public Health, in conjunction with Senator Timilty and Representative Galvin support CAASA with earmarked funds.
The Select Board of the Town of Canton allocates a portion of the town budget for CAASA's operations.
Individuals from the community generously support us with donations.