Community Resilience and Recovery Initiative: Final Evaluation Report. 3.1. Project ASSIST: Fall River, Massachusetts


The Fall River CRRI Project, Project Assisting, Serving, Supporting in Stressful Times (ASSIST), was implemented by a large non-profit service delivery organization, SSTAR, that has been in the community for more than 35 years. In addition to providing behavioral health care and substance use disorder services, SSTAR operates a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides medical services to Fall River residents of all ages. Project ASSIST ably demonstrated the value of having the grant come through the Mayor's Office, which served as the fulcrum of community collaboration. In addition, the project's outreach and screening strategies, coupled with a 6-month case management approach, allowed over 250 residents to receive employment and behavioral health supports. Although the case management model could not be sustained by SSTAR following the completion of CRRI, there are many components of the grant that the agency will carry through into the future.

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