Fall River awarded grant for substance abuse prevention
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) – Mayor Paul Coogan’s Office announced Friday the city of Fall River has been awarded a 2021 First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act grant to go toward substance abuse prevention.
The grant will provide $2 million over the next four years to address substance abuse and behavioral health. As part of the FR-CARA project, the money will go toward providing first responders and “key community partners” with overdose reversal drugs and trainings.
The money will also be used to strengthen a “network of care” for those struggling with substance abuse.
Additionally, the funds will allow additional Recovery Coaches to be brought into the Fall River Police Department.
Fall River is the leading city on the project, however, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport will also be served by it.