NEWS: Grant will expand efforts to reduce opioid deaths in Berks County

Reading, PA (January 11, 2018) – The Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA), on behalf of the Berks Opioid Coalition, has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) to assist in efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths in our county. The work for this grant will run through the 2018 calendar year and will include working with local stakeholders, Berks County businesses, partnered organizations, including churches, community groups, and individuals.

Grant funds will support projects focused in the following areas:

Stigma Reduction

The stigma surrounding opioid use disorders and overdoses remains a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help. By engaging the community in discussions, the Coalition will move ahead to develop community awareness and education programs to address stigma issues.

Workplace Education

Through collaboration with the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Berks County Society of Human Resources Managers, Berks County worksites will be connected with timely information and resources regarding opioid drugs.

Prevention and Recovery Magazine

A magazine, published in coordination with the Berks County Medical Society and Hoffman Publishing Group, will focus on important opioid awareness topics. The publication will be printed twice a year at locations including worksites, doctor and dentist offices, medical clinics, schools, universities, hair and nail salons, senior centers, churches, and social service agencies.

Family Education

Berks Counseling Center will implement Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), an evidence-based educational program, designed to educate family members regarding substance use disorders and how they can best support the recovery process.


The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) “provides leadership in system-wide coordination and in building collaboration among public servants and private citizens representing all aspects of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and victim services.” Read more about PCCD HERE.

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