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Lunch & Learn – An Introduction to the Warm Handoff Program

An Introduction to the Warm Handoff Program
Thursday, July 12, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Berks County Community Foundation, Board Room
237 Court St. Reading PA 19601
Cost: FREE

Police officers across Pennsylvania have saved more than 1,600 lives since 2015 using the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. The Warm Handoff program was designed to minimize the risk of a repeated overdose by getting overdose survivors directly to treatment from the Emergency Room. Join us for this educational lunchtime program, including pizza and refreshments. You will hear how Certified Recovery Specialists work for the Warm Handoff program, providing intervention services and assisting individuals to enter treatment. Sign in and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The presentation is from noon to 1:00 p.m.

The presentation will be made by Dan Milloy, Executive Director of TASC and John Janiszewski, Site Manager at the Tower Health ED Warm Handoff Program.

Register for this event by filling in the form below.

Unfortunately, our LUNCH & LEARN: An Introduction to the Warm Handoff Program has reached its full capacity. To be placed on a waiting list and/or to be informed of future COCA offerings please contact our training coordinator at (610) 376-8669.

EVENT: 2018 COCA Annual Conference

Trauma & Addiction: Healing the Hurt
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1741 Papermill Rd, Wyomissing, PA
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for our 2018 Annual Conference. More information coming soon, but for now, please save the date to join us!

NEWS: Governor Wolf Announces Progress, Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration

May 14, 2018 (Harrisburg, PA) – Governor Wolf Announces Significant Progress in Opioid Disaster Declaration Initiatives

April 4, 2018 (Harrisburg, PA) – Governor Tom Wolf announced the renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, which was introduced in January and set to expire on April 10. The renewal allows for the 13 initiatives introduced in the past 90 days to continue without interruption and for the introduction of new initiatives to help those suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD)… Continue reading.

Related Links:

The Rundown: Gov. Tom Wolf renews opioid disaster declaration (Reading Eagle)

NEWS ALERT: Gov. Wolf announces disaster declaration for the heroin and opioid epidemic

EVENT: Human Services Block Grant Meeting

EVENT: Human Services Block Grant Meeting
Thursday, May 17, 2018
9 a.m.
McGlinn Conference Center (Directions)
460 St. Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607

You are invited to a public meeting on May 17 – The topic is Human Services Block Grants. These grants fund services like drug and alcohol treatment. Come to learn more about this funding and ask questions about the services provided to Berks County residents.

Breakfast will be served… Be sure to RSVP by May 10.

2018 Pat Ganter Scholarship

Tassel Hanging on Pile of Textbooks2018 Pat Ganter Scholarship
Scholarship Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018

Scholarship Information

The Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Pat Ganter Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is available to a Berks County High School Senior who is active in substance abuse prevention in their school or community.

The student must be planning to pursue an education in one of the following areas: human services, behavioral health, social work, addictions studies, criminal justice, or psychology. The student must explain in a biographical statement how he or she plans to use this education to work with the addicted population.

Application Requirements

All applicants must provide the following information:
  • A completed application form
  • Two typed letters of reference (from teachers/school personnel)
  • A high school transcript (unofficial will be accepted)
  • A typed 1,000-word or less biographical statement composed by you, in which you discuss
    the following:

    • Your educational goals
    • Any community involvement (volunteer or service activities), special contributions you take pride in, or volunteer positions that promote community well-being or the well-being of individuals
    • Specific areas of personal or academic growth and achievement in high school that you want to share with the committee (including awards and honors)
    • How your educational path supports your life goals and reflects your values

Scholarship Background:

Patricia Ganter, as a dedicated employee of the Council on Chemical Abuse and Caron Treatment Centers, was recognized by colleagues for her commitment to the field of addiction and recovery.

In her role as Administrative Assistant with these drug and alcohol organizations, Patricia joined a high degree of professionalism with a compassion for those challenged by addiction. With her optimistic demeanor, Patricia will long be remembered for her steadfast belief in the power of recovery.

Scholarship Deadline and Submission Information:

All scholarship applications and materials must be received by Friday, April 20, 2018.  Applicants can Apply Online or download an application and mail materials to the following address:
Council on Chemical Abuse – Pat Ganter Scholarship – 601 Penn Street – Suite 600 – Reading, PA 19601

EVENT: Problem Gambling Awareness Event

EVENT: “Too Much to Lose… Gambling is Risky!” Problem Gambling Awareness Event
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601

Do you have questions about problem gambling?  The Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) invites you to a community event to learn more about problem gambling, and the resources available in the Berks County community. An art reception of posters created by students with the theme “Too Much to Lose… Gambling is Risky!” will be displayed.

6 p.m. Doors Open
6-6:30 p.m. Art Reception
6:30-8 p.m. Educational Program (Panel Discussion)
8-8:30 p.m. Art Reception & Refreshments

*Activities will be provided for school-aged children by COCA Prevention Specialist*

Panel discussion members: Josh Ercole, Chief Operating Officer from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA, Inc., Eric Webber, MA, CACD, CCP from Caron Treatment Centers, Mike Reese from the Council on Chemical Abuse, and Bob Schwartz a Berks County member in recovery from addiction to gambling

CLICK HERE to get updates on our Facebook event!

This event was originally scheduled for 3/21/18 but postponed due to inclement weather. 

Addiction Hurts… Recovery Heals!


Help is available.

Many family members, friends, and individuals suffer silently when struggling with addiction – but they don’t have to. We are fortunate in Berks County to have many resources available to help through any stage of the process when addressing an addiction. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at (610) 376-8669 Monday – Friday 8:30-5 p.m. A 24/7 Drug & Alcohol hotline is also available to call at (484) 628-8186.


Find more information about the following topics on our website:

Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Family Intervention Services

Support for Loved Ones

Naloxone (the medication to reverse an opioid overdose)

Building Upon a Legacy – Annual Report FY 2016/17

Since 1972, the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) has served the Berks County community, offering prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services in response to the disease of addiction. Leaders and staff over the last 46 years have laid a solid foundation, on which we are building upon today. In this year’s report, you will find current news and information on programs and resources available to Berks County residents.

For further information regarding programs and statistics for the 2016/17 Fiscal Year running July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, please CLICK HERE to download our Facts & Figures report.

View an interactive version of the report below:

Additional links related to this year’s publication:
How to Get Naloxone
Treatment Options
Recovery – Resources for friends and family

NEWS: New Show on WEEU Begins January 16!
NEWS: The New “Face” of the Council on Chemical Abuse
NEWS: COCA Executive Director to Retire After Four Decades of Leadership

Last year’s Annual Report focused on the Opioid Crisis. CLICK HERE to view.

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