Community Collaboration For A Cause

Tackling substance abuse locally.

With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Community Organizing for Prevention and Empowerment (C.O.P.E) prevention initiatives (Project C.O.P.E., P-CASA, and PFS) have focused on reducing health disparities and improving health outcomes in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. As a collaborative effort between the Department of Family Science and Human Development (FSHD) in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University (MSU), and numerous stakeholders, we have helped transform the way the community is served. This has been accomplished by fostering collaborations and increasing the capacity among all key sectors (e.g., families, schools, municipal government, law enforcement, social services, local businesses, and faith-based institutions) to develop effective approaches to prevention.

Our full commitment — No compromise.

Our mission—to foster collaboration among key community sectors in an effort to increase the capacity for health promotion prevention activities—can be accomplished through direct service delivery, outreach, education, and community empowerment. The cornerstone of our efforts is building strong partnerships that could direct communities toward positive outcomes. While we have made significant progress toward this end, we remain firmly committed to dismantling structural and environmental barriers that maintain health inequity among underserved populations and promoting opportunities that engage communities in action- orientated change.

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Year of foundation

$6 Million

Federal funding


Passionate team members


Squared miles served in Paterson, NJ

Over 30,000

Paterson youth & young adults served


Mission to stem opioid and substance misuse.


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