SSTAR Prevention

The SSTAR (Stanley Street Treatment and Resources) Prevention Program supports young people and their families by delivering substance use prevention education, treatment, recovery, and wellness initiatives to Greater Fall River, MA, and the surrounding communities and towns.

All of the work and collaboration efforts through SSTAR Prevention are grounded in Positive Youth Development. Positive Youth Development builds on the strengths of individuals, families, and entire communities to create healthier communities, free of youth substance abuse or misuse.

Our prevention efforts emphasize the importance of both physical and mental health and wellness. This practice is in alignment with our parent organization, Stanley Street Treatment and Resource, which supports a continuum of care to people of all ages, especially those with mental and behavioral health needs.

SSTAR Prevention’s  BOLDER (Building our Lives Determined Empowered and Resilient) Coalition’s mission is to prevent youth substance use and change societal norms regarding substance use by reducing access, increasing perceptions of risk and harm of substance use, and increasing parental disapproval of youth use. BOLDER’s vision is to create a healthy community for the youth of Greater Fall River. The BOLDER Coalition has representatives from different sectors of the community: youth, parents, business, media, schools, law enforcement, faith and youth serving organizations, civic groups, healthcare professionals and governmental agencies. We encourage all who are committed to the betterment of the lives of young people to join us!

SSTAR Prevention’s MeB4Use campaign is a social marketing campaign aimed at youth to help promote positive youth development and healthy decision making.

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Visit SSTAR’s main  contact page for locations and phone numbers. If you need a department contact go here.

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  • I would like to thank every staff member. They were all extremely helpful and supportive. I’ve never been to a program where every member of the staff had an impact on my life until now. Thank you so much!

  • Thank you to Theresa, Shea, Julie, dr.k, and marry, you guys have made a huge impact on my life and I deeply appreciate that, thank you so much for being here for us to help improve our lives and emotions!

  • Well everyone. I’ve been at this for a while and so have many. Ya get used to getting let down. N that was my story, just get used to getting let down. But they restored my hope in professional psychiatric help. Theresa, Doreen, Julie, Becky, Mary, and everyone else are 1000% all in and are very sophisticated in their approach.

  • Thank you to the entire fourth floor employees here at star in the partial hospitalization program they are all amazing! My second time here and they really have helped me Thank you so much

  • Thank you for everything that you have helped me deal with in my life I feel this program has given me a better perspective on my emotional state and the actions that are/nor followed by them I would recommend this program highly for people struggling w/maintenance of mental stability and their barriers that come between their success.

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