MAPC | Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
As communities throughout the Commonwealth grapple with the devastating effects of the opioid epidemic, municipalities have employed countless resources and implemented strategies to address the crisis.
On behalf of the 15 cities and towns of Greater Boston’s inner core that make up the Metropolitan Mayor’s Coalition (MMC), The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is leading an initiative to review and share municipal and regional best practices and strategies to respond to the crisis. Through a forum held in May 2017 and subsequent engagement with municipal public health and safety personnel from MMC communities, 4 key policy and project area were identified.
Our work to date has focused on four policy and project areas:
Our work to date has focused on reimbursement and funding reform; improved communication and information sharing; connecting people to needed services; and recovery coach definition and certification reform.
Upcoming Work & Events
MAPC continues to work on each identified issue area related to the opioid epidemic.
- MAPC has engaged the Harvard CyberLaw Clinic to assist with the development of an information sharing toolkit that was shared with municipal leads and health care center representatives at the Information Sharing Forum, hosted on June 6th.
- MAPC intends to host another forum on connecting people to services in the Fall of 2018.
- MAPC continues to meet with local, state, and federal officials to address the issues municipalities are facing as a result of the epidemic, including discussing opportunities for funding reform and advocacy.
For more information about MAPC's efforts to address the Opioid Epidemic, please contact: