About Us

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
— Benjamin Franklin

Photo: CASAC office exteriorCASAC’s mission is to build a safe and healthy environment by effectively educating the community on positive life choices.

CASAC’s vision is a united community that encourages and supports healthy behaviors through prevention efforts.

Educate, Collaborate, Motivate

In 1974, in response to a deeply felt community need, a citizen study group recommended the formation of a drop-in center on Prather Avenue under the name of the Jamestown Area Council on Alcoholism. The drop-in center provided a place for alcoholics and their families to meet with counselors for intervention services and to begin building a new alcohol-free life. Affiliation with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) began in 1975. In response to increased service requests from the North County, the Council opened a program office in Dunkirk in 1979. Both offices provide prevention services for alcohol and other drugs to the Chautauqua County community.

NYS OASAS Prevention Framework

New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) defines prevention as a pro-active, research-based, data-driven process utilizing proven-effective strategies and programs to reduce or prevent alcohol and other drug abuse in individuals, families, and communities. Our approach to alcohol and substance abuse prevention, and the conceptual framework that supports it, have evolved over time. Both are based on emerging national research findings and the state’s experiences in program development, implementation, and evaluation.

CASAC is a community partner of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County.

CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services approved and supported prevention agency in Chautauqua County.

Serving as the leading community resource, CASAC maintains information regarding alcoholism, drugs, addictions, gambling problems and available help services.

CASAC’s prevention strategies take aim at how people think, feel and act by focusing messages and activities on areas of influence such as the individual, family, peer, school, and community. CASAC believes that the stigma of addiction which prevents people from seeking help must be reduced or eliminated. It is through CASAC’s prevention services that this goal may be accomplished.

CASAC has come a long way since 1974, but our passion for making a difference throughout the communities of Chautauqua County has never been greater.