Behavioral health is essential to health. Prevention works. Treatment is effective. People recover. 

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors "Recovery Month" to increase understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme for this year's Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities. RCASA is hosting a series of special events this month, all open to the public, to celebrate National Recovery Month.
Reading Recovery Month Proclamation
On September 5, 2017, Patrick Shannon, President of the RCASA Board of Directors along with Sherri Vandenakker (Board Co-Secretary), Joanne Senders (Board Member), and Erica McNamara (RCASA Director) accepted the Reading Recovery Month proclamation at the Board of Selectman meeting. 


September 10- 12-5pm- RCASA Booth on Haven St.
Visit the RCASA Recovery Theme Booth during the Reading Fall Street Faire. Check out the latest prevention resources, meet our staff and volunteers. Share your support for those living in recovery by adding a personal note of support at our booth.    
All month- Reading Clergy Council Activities at local churches
Rev. Pete Jeffrey, a member of the RCASA Board of Directors and the Reading Clergy Council has invited local churches to remember those living in recovery during September and to honor those we have lost to substance use.  Activities include: prayers, special sermons, anti-stigma promotion, and guest speakers.  Learn more at your local church. 
All month- Homemade Blanket-making for opioid-related trauma
We invite residents to get involved by making a homemade blanket for a child exposed to opioid-related trauma. B lankets can be knitted, crocheted, quilted or hand-tied by volunteers of all ages and abilities. Learn more about blanket guidelines before you get started at   Greater Boston Project Linus  

Blanket making will be organized at Old South Methodist Church and First Congregational Church .  However, any resident can make a blanket and drop it off to one of the churches that are collecting for this project. 

Email for more information. 

This project is in concert with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office to get more blankets ready for our community. The DA and Greater Boston Project Linus will disseminate homemade blankets to local first responders including Reading Police officers that encounter children that experience opioid-related trauma including witnessing an overdose.
September 18- 12pm- RCASA Visits Rotary Members
RCASA Presentation for Reading Rotary Club members at their monthly luncheon event.
September 20- 7:30-9:00am- Business Breakfast @ Fusion 
Substance Abuse and the Workplace - Resources and Scenarios to Protect Businesses and Employees
This business breakfast will focus on ways to prevent, reduce, or intervene in substance abuse affecting workplaces and employees. Local police and Reading Coalition on Substance Abuse (RCASA) have developed critical resources to address this issue as well as employee and customer safety. Many scenarios and tools will be provided to help educate businesses, employees and the community. A hot breakfast will be served.  Visit Reading North Reading Chamber of Commerce
to register.

Chamber Member Ticket: $15. Buy Now  
Non-Chamber Member Ticket:$20  Buy Now  
September 22 and 23- Blanket Making Table @ FCC Annual Faire
First Congregational Church leaders & RCASA volunteers will promote handmade "blanket making" through Project Linus. A blanket making booth will be featured at the 2-day Annual FCC Faire. 

First Congregational Church also hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Visit to view the schedule.
September 26- 6pm- Voices 4 Recovery- RMHS
RCASA will host regional partners of the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition for the Annual Voices for Recovery & Remembrance Celebration at Reading Memorial High School. Meet at the Memorial Flag wall at the Main entrance.

September 28- 7pm- RCASA Annual Meeting
Featured Speakers

District Attorney Marian Ryan is a career prosecutor with significant courtroom experience, having prosecuted many of Middlesex County's most complex and challenging cases. She has been acknowledged for her leadership on the opioid crisis and on developing initiatives aimed at keeping children safe and protecting our seniors. 

Dr. Ruth Potee is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, she is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women's health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management. Dr. Potee is nationally recognized for her public speaking style that skillfully blends scientific research with an understanding of the challenges of raising healthy teens. She is an extremely dynamic and sought after speaker who, in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, has made it her mission to educate the public about the nature of addiction and why it is the only brain disease that is 100% preventable..."It's chemistry, not character".


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