Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse


To reduce the demand and the abuse of drugs and alcohol in the Canton community, with a special focus on middle and high school age students, while creating a culture of good decision making.


The Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) was established in 2013 to address youth substance abuse. 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 DA’s office, students, clinicians, and parents. Our collaboration allows for a 360 degree perspective on the issues affecting Canton and how best to address them.

CAASA Board Members

  • Charlie Doody, Chair, Fire/Rescue
    Term Expires: 2019 
  • Kenneth Berkowitz, Vice Chair, Police
    Term Expires: 2019
  • Janet Donnelly, Secretary, Community Member
    Term Expires: 2019
  • Harriet Burak, Community Member
    Term Expires: 2019
  • Cindy Bonner, Public Health
  • Term Expires: 2019
  • Ryan Gordy, School Department
  • Term Expires: 2020
  • Elizabeth Francis, Parks & Recreation
  • Term Expires: 2021
  • Andrew Staiti, Social Media Coordinator, Community Member
  • Term Expires: 2021
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Monthly CAASA Meetings

Meetings are typically held on the third Monday each month at 3:30PM in the Canton Fire Department Training Room.

CAASA is proud to offer this incredible FREE resource through William James College in Newton, MA. "INTERFACE provides a free, confidential mental health and wellness referral Helpline Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 for the Canton community. The call is answered by a trained counselor who will match the caller with a licensed mental health provider that meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller in a timely manner. Each referral is provided with follow-up assistance. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health referral service and is not designed to respond to urgent situations where someone’s well-being might be at immediate and serious risk."
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