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MTAC Recognizes Community Action for Social Justice

Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC) recently acknowledged Community Action for Social Justice (CASJ) for its work in the Massapequas’ to prevent substance misuse.  CASJ is a not-for-profit organization that fosters improved health and quality-of-life for Long Islanders impacted by drug use, incarceration, homelessness, and chronic disease through participant-centered services and policy advocacy to reduce broader social and structural barriers.

Working together, MTAC and CASJ have collected hundreds of pounds of unwanted medications and needles/syringes at Massapequas’ biannual drug take back events. In addition, a vital part of CASJ’s work is their Opioid Overdose Prevention Program which provides free training and naloxone kits, not only at community events, but with individuals and families in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. 

Since 1997, MTAC works with many local, state and national partners to prevent youth substance use and promote a healthy Massapequa. To learn more about MTAC’s efforts, you can Like MTAC on Facebook, go to mtacoalition.com or contact Cathy Samuels, MTAC Program Director, at (516) 799-3203 x131 or email info@mtacoalition.com. To learn more about Community Action for Social Justice, contact Tina Wolf, Executive Director and Co-Founder, at 1-866-599-7260 or email info@nysocialjustice.org.

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MTAC Recognizes Community Action for Social Justice
MTAC Partner, Community Action for Social Justice, was recently recognized for its contribution to MTAC’s Drug Take Back Events. Over the past five years, CASJ has collected hundreds of pounds of needles and syringes from the Massapequas. Standing from right to left: Mark Wenzel, Associate Director YES Community Counseling Center (YESCCC) and Co-Chair MTAC; Nicole Chimento, MPH, Deputy Director, CASJ; Tina Wolf, Executive Director and Co-Founder, CASJ; Gina Chinese, Linkage Specialist, CASJ; Anthony Parisi, Suffolk County Harm Reduction Coordinator, CASJ; Cathy Samuels, Program Director, MTAC; and Adrienne Lo Presti, Executive Director, YESCCC. 

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