The City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department is committed to the protection of the health and wellbeing of our community through our work in prevention, community engagement, inclusion, accessibility, and promotion of healthy behaviors.

The Office of Prevention is committed to working with community members and providers to improve supports and resources for individuals and families impacted by addiction. Below are some current programs and resources, please feel free to contact us for assistance or to contribute towards the battle against addiction.

Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP)

SCAP is a community based coalition that works to reduce substance abuse, as well as the harms associated with such use among Somerville residents with a particular focus on youth.

SCAP’s mission is to bring together and mobilize the diverse community of Somerville to prevent and address issues associated with substance abuse while promoting positive mental, spiritual, and physical health, especially among our youth.

We work with parents, schools, community organizations and retailers on environmental strategies to reduce substance use. SCAP believes in addressing the issues of alcohol and drug abuse by adhering to the principle of using “Multiple Strategies in Multiple Settings.”

Programs for Youth:

SPF (Somerville Positive Forces) High School afterschool program focused on reducing underage drinking.

SPF Jr. – Engages middle school age youth in prevention strategies to reduce underage drinking.

Clinical Youth Specialist/OPEN Coordinator Somerville

Provides information and referral to community members of all ages related to mental health and substance use concerns. Facilitates Community Stakeholder Group on Mental Health, Substance Use and Jail Diversion, this group is open to the public and meets quarterly, for information and schedule please contact Patty.

Provides community trainings in:

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Stress Management
  • Overdose Prevention
  • Other topics as requested

Somerville Trauma Response Network (STRN)

The mission of the STRN is to build a team of Somerville community members to respond when a traumatic event involving youth occurs in the city. We train, organize and maintain readiness of a team of volunteers who know our youth through a broad range of contact in the community. Our purpose is to provide supportive and informed responses to our youths’ needs related to trauma. Our goal is to train and sustain a team made up of all community members who interface regularly with Somerville youth.