The Plymouth County Drug Task Force is funded through the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department.
Both agencies continue to research and apply for grants to help combat the drug epidemic that is plaguing our county.
Grants that are currently being utilized by members of the Task Force
Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative
Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz’s Office was awarded a 3-year grant totaling $541,300 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The grant was created to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing, or to establish new programs to provide services to youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis.
District Attorney Cruz through the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force will use these critical funds to train law enforcement, schools, and community partners on identifying drug endangered children and developing the proper trauma sensitive response.
In addition, District Attorney Cruz will partner with The Family Center at Community Connections of Brockton, a program of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County.
- To enhance the capacity of the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force to address drug endangered children in Plymouth County.
Increase awareness about drug endangered children in Plymouth County
- Provide direct services and advocacy to Plymouth County drug endangered children.
The Family Center will utilize a portion of these grant funds to hire a Clinical Director to work directly with drug endangered children.
- The Clinical Director will work alongside Plymouth County Outreach (PCO), which is an initiative of the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force’s, Public Safety Subcommittee.
- PCO is a collaboration of 28 police departments in Plymouth County dedicated to providing immediate outreach to overdose victims.
Plymouth County DECI was created to bring services and support to families touched by the opioid crisis by providing services directly to the child and family, and by helping to navigate complex systems.
Plymouth County DECI will bring awareness and training to agencies that encounter drug-endangered children and will assist agencies to identify and engage drug-endangered children.
By enhancing the response of our police departments and schools with trauma-informed training and assisting individual families, Plymouth County DECI is helping children become more resilient to break the cycle of addiction.
For more information or to make a referral, contact Kati Mapa, DEC Clinical Advocate: (781) 563-4000; firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts State Legislature Drug Diversion and Education Grant
The MDAA has awarded each District Attorney’s Office across the Commonwealth $45,000.00 for the implementation and administration of drug diversion programs and for education programs for students to prevent the use of heroin. District Attorney Tim Cruz has earmarked this funding to be utilized by the Plymouth County Drug Task Force and its members, to divert SUDs individuals away from the criminal justice system before an arrest is warranted, and into treatment.
- The continuation and enhancement of the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force Database
- Host a series of Recovery Coach Academy Workshops in collaboration with the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for Recovery Coaches and Police Officers.
- Create the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force Database
- Plymouth County Speaks Up Conference
- Hazelden Conference- Toolkit for Community Action
Executive Office of Public Safety- Youth Summer Program
- $15,480 for the 2019 Plymouth County Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education Summer Program
- $15480 for the 2018 Plymouth County Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education Summer Program
Massachusetts AG Youth Opioid Prevention Grant
- $9,500 over 2-years
EOPPS JAG Grant
The goals of this grant is to enhance the capacity of the county to address:
- Opioid Abuse
- Reduce the Opioid Demand
- Reduce the Opioid Supply
- Utilize Existing Treatment Services
This grant will help to fund the task force with:
- Trainings for law enforcement and prosecutors
- placing specialized focus on prosecuting opioid, heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil cases
- The production of this website to outline the task force efforts and offer resources and information to the residents of Plymouth County
Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC) Part II
Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz’s Office received the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant Part II in October 2014. This 5-year grant, totaling $625,000 will support community coalitions across the county. The philosophy remains, “local problems require local solutions”.
DFC grantees involve a cross-section of the communities they serve, with active participation from youth, parents, schools, businesses, media, local government, law enforcement, and other local agencies.
The DFC Program, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the only Federal drug prevention program that provides funding directly to local communities.