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Chief Data Officer
Ken Pfeil

Key Capabilities

FAACT Key Capabilities

Data Governance

The FAACT Data Trust leverages the Commonwealth’s Data Trust which specifies what data is shared with who, how it can be shared, includes sensitive data when appropriate for entity matching (not shared), and can reference existing data. Learn more about the Commonwealth Data Trust.

Secure Data Sharing

Through a secure Data Sharing Platform (Socrata), the FAACT project makes datasets available for exploration, data profiling, and consumption as allowed by the Data Trust Agreement. 

Self-Service Analytics

Easy-to-use data visualization applications provide answers to some of the most pressing questions about substance use and addiction at the community level. You can explore data on demand or schedule data regular delivery of reports to your email.  

Predictive Capability

Using data science techniques, the FAACT project conducts deep analyses on available datasets to study complex trends and patterns around substance use and addiction. 



  • 21 Agency’s Sharing Data
  • 8.6M Citizens Covered
  • 65+ Unique Datasets, including:
  • 25M Law Enforcement Responses
  • 55M Mental Health Encounters
  • 600k Hospital Admissions
  • 1200+ Unique Data Elements 2100+ Unique Substances Tracked 20+ Years of Data

Business Use Cases

Learn about Drug Patterns in Your Jurisdiction 

Twenty years of Department of Forensic Science (DFS) data that identifies substances submitting to the lab for analysis. 


  • What are the trends in substances identified over time? 
  • Which localities are now suffering an influx of a selected substance?
  • What substances co-occur when confiscated?

Understand Community Service Board Services and Patients

Eight years of Community Service Board (CSB) diagnosis and service data to understand the patients and activities related to substance use disorder and mental illness. 


  • What is the breakdown of Services delivered in a locality and how does that compare across the state? 
  • What services are trending up or down, and what does that indicate in the greater community? 
  • What are the common traits and patterns across the patient groups?

Identify Patterns with Families and Substance Use Disorder 

Over fifteen years of Department of Social Services’ Child Protective Services (CPS) data that analyzes contributing factors in cases needing intervention. 


  • How many children are in foster care due to parental substance use? 
  • How many ongoing child protective services cases were due to parental substance use? 
  • What is the age breakdown of children who are in foster care?