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About Us

CASPAR is a nonprofit organization founded in 1970 in response to the need for community-based services for those affected by substance use disorders. Since then CASPAR has built a comprehensive array of outreach, shelter, stabilization, residential, aftercare, education, and prevention services. We focus on programs that are safe, accessible, and supportive and that meet the needs of a diverse population of high-risk men, women, children and adolescents, most of whom are uninsured and indigent.

In July 2014, CASPAR became part of Bay Cove Human Services, a Boston-based non-profit agency (founded in 1974) that is committed to improving the lives of individuals and their families who face the challenges of developmental disabilities, aging, mental illness, and drug and alcohol addiction. To learn more about Bay Cove, its programs and its management team, please visit www.baycove.org.

Mission Statement

The mission of CASPAR, Inc. is to improve the lives of individuals and families who have been affected by substance abuse and related issues such as homelessness or mental illness.

Value Statement

We are dedicated to providing compassionate care, effective interventions, and leadership to the communities we serve.

History and Vision

CASPAR is a community-based non-profit organization founded in 1970 in response to growing community need for substance abuse treatment. No treatment options existed at the time other than local hospital emergency rooms for the 10% of the population affected by substance use disorders. The decriminalization of alcoholism in Massachusetts in the early 1970s, a legislative initiative spearheaded by CASPAR’s founders, reinforced CASPAR’s recognition that people with substance use disorders require treatment not incarceration.

Since 1970 CASPAR has grown from a single halfway house for men and a shelter for homeless men and women to a comprehensive array of services that provide access to people wherever they are on the substance use/abuse/recovery continuum. From street outreach to aftercare housing, CASPAR’s programs all reflect a shared commitment to non-judgmental, client-centered care for men and women who struggle with sobriety.

CASPAR is widely recognized for its proactive programmatic response to emerging populations, trends in substance use, and evidence-based research. Its reputation as the leading provider of substance abuse services in the area and a pioneer in cutting edge service delivery shapes CASPAR’s vision for the future as the premiere provider of client-centered treatment for high-risk populations.