The Coalition for Asian Substance Abuse Prevention (CASAP) was formed in 2007 after a comprehensive assessment indicated a need for a youth substance abuse prevention program in the Chinatown area. CASAP serves the Armour Square and Bridgeport neighborhoods, encompassing both Chinatown and nearby communities.
The mission of CASAP is to prevent substance abuse among Asian youth in Chicago. Multiple environmental strategies facilitate this process, including (1) building community partnerships and capacity (2) assessing the needs and resources of the community (3) strategic planning (4) implementing and evaluating culturally appropriate prevention strategies for awareness, advocacy, and education.
CASAP is currently funded through the Drug Free Communities (DFC) Grant a collaborative effort between the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Asian Health Coalition (AHC) is the fiscal agent for this grant.
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