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About the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

BSAS_logoThe Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) funds the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline. BSAS oversees the substance abuse prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth. Responsibilities include: licensing programs and counselors; funding and monitoring prevention and treatment services; providing access to treatment for the indigent and uninsured; developing and implementing policies and programs; and, tracking substance abuse trends in the state.

The main functions of the Bureau are to:

  • Conduct and analyze treatment need
  • Design and implement program models to meet the needs for substance related disorders
  • Ensure and monitor program access, particularly for the uninsured and other high priority groups
  • Provide programmatic and regulatory oversight of prevention and treatment programs
  • Monitor program quality
  • Design and purchase a continuum of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery support services
  • License substance abuse counselors
  • Collaborate with the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the Governor’s Interagency Council on Substance Use and Prevention and other state agencies to implement the Commonwealth’s Strategic Plan for Substance Abuse
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