Coalition News & Updates
Bringing resources to your home
Sammy Salkin, Outreach Coordinator for the coalition has been working diligently to compile a helpful resource guide for our community. The guide includes supports like tips on talking to children about the COVID-19 outbreak, tools for managing stress and anxiety during a crisis, guidance on how to access mental health and substance use disorder treatment, information on virtual AA/NA meetings and family support groups, and more!

The guide is being updated as the resources available change, so please check the document regularly. The resource guide can be found on the Reading Coalition website , Facebook page , and Twitter feed .

Please contact Samantha Salkin, Outreach Coordinator, Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support at with any questions.
A valuable virtual resource
A new online resource provides a comprehensive, searchable directory to help Massachusetts residents find information on behavioral health services and treatment in their communities. Network of Care Massachusetts includes a directory of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth, searchable by keyword and zip code. For each listing, users can find a program description and contact information, as well as information on populations served, relevant eligibility and fee information, and more. Learn more at
The Reading Police , which houses the coalition, has adjusted their protocols based on COVID-19 . Due to current events, the Reading Police Department will NOT allow medication drop off in the lobby.

Please visit the Reading Police Facebook page to learn more.
Chief David Clark has announced that the Reading Police Department will be participating in the Autism Police Patch Program throughout the month of April.

The Town of Reading is working hard to keep our community safe during this unprecedented public health pandemic. Please visit the town website to learn more about how to stay safe and what town resources continue to be available.

Working remotely to support Reading
Coalition staff hosted a virtual Advisory Board meeting on March 25, 2020. Sammy Salkin provided an update about the Reading Police/Coalition Crisis Intervention Team Pilot Project. Learn more at