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2017- Reading Recovery Month Events in September
2017- Reading Recovery Month Events in September

The annual theme for this year’s Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.  Every Sept, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase understanding of mental, and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.  RCASA will host a series of special events to celebrate National Recovery Month. More details to follow:

  1. Sun. 9/10/17- RCASA Recovery Month Booth at the Reading Fall St. Faire 
  2. Wed. 9/20/17- RCASA and Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Event for Business Community at Fusion Restaurant, 7:30-9 am. Event recap at RCASA
  3. Fri. 9/22/17 and Sat. 9/23/17- First Congregational Church (FCC) 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.
  4. Tues 9/26/17- RCASA will host regional partners of the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition for the Annual Voices for Recovery & Remembrance Celebration at RMHS, 62 Oakland Rd, Reading 6-7 pm.
  5. Thurs. 9/28/17- RCASA Annual Meeting featuring DA Ryan and Dr. Ruth Potee, Keynote Speaker at RMHS, 7-9 pm

Throughout the month...

  • Reading Board of Selectman will share a recovery month proclamation. 
  • RCASA staff will be available at school and community events with resources.  
  • Reading Clergy Council will be offering prayers for those in recovery and those we have lost to addiction. Special services on Sunday 9/24/17
  • Volunteers from Old South Methodist Church & First Congregational Church will promote blanket making with Project Linus.
  • Taped segments on RCASA/Schools will be featured on RPS Today (Hosted on RCTV) 
2017- DA Ryan & Senior Center presented Rx Awareness
2017- DA Ryan & Senior Center presented Rx Awareness
2016 Hidden in Plain Sight Exhibit: Spot the Warning Signs Recap
Breaking Points- 2016 RCASA Screenings
Breaking Points- 2016 RCASA Screenings

BREAKING POINTS LOCAL SCREENING


Event recap at RCASA

11.30.16   Film & Panel Discussion   7-9 pm Reading Performing Arts Center - 62 Oakland Rd.

HOMEWORK. COLLEGE ESSAYS. SOCIAL MEDIA. SPORTS. VOLUNTEERING. PART-TIME JOBS. FRIENDS. Teens' lives are jam-packed from the time they wake up until the time they can finally sleep and just keeping up is a daily struggle for some.

BREAKING POINTS, directed by Tucker Capps, is a 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including abusing prescription stimulants.

If Only- 2015 RCASA Screening
If Only- 2015 RCASA Screening

If Only

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"If Only" was created by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millennium Health to raise awareness among teens and adults. It was filmed in a Massachusetts town that has been heavily impacted by the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Members of the community who lost loved ones provided input into the film for accuracy, and some are actually in the film.

 

The Hungry Heart- 2014 RCASA Screening
The Hungry Heart- 2014 RCASA Screening

The Hungry Heart

The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of
prescription drug addiction through the world of a Vermont Pediatrician who works with patients struggling with this disease. Dr. Holmes prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction. For some taking suboxone is a crucial stepping stone to long-term recovery, for others it is a crutch, for others suboxone is abused and diverted onto the street. The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.


Visit http://thehungryheartmovie.org/

The Anonymous People- 2014 RCASA Screening
The Anonymous People- 2014 RCASA Screening

The Anonymous People

RCASA screened this film on May 21, 2014, at Showcase Cinemas Woburn in collaboration with

  • Comics for Recovery
  • North Reading Community Impact Team
  • Hallmark Health System
  • Stoneham Substance Abuse Prevention Committee
  • Malden Health Department
  • WAKE UP-Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition
  • Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)
  • Wilmington Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
  • Medford Health Matters
  • Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community
  • Melrose Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
  • Woburn High School
 

About the Film

The Anonymous People, produced by filmmaker Greg Williams, is a feature documentary film about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

There are prominent people in the film talking publicly about their recovery—people like actress Kristen Johnston (The Exes and Third Rock From the Sun), former NBA star Chris Herren, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, former congressman Patrick Kennedy and many others.  There are also many community people, just like us!

The goal of the movie is to change the conversation from addiction to recovery and build a movement that supports peopling stepping out of the shadows and talking about their lives in recovery—without stigma and shame—just like the women with breast cancer and people with HIV/AIDS emerged from behind closed doors as a grassroots social justice movement.

Learn more at http://manyfaces1voice.org/

Who Cares About Kelsey? - 2014 RCASA Screening
Who Cares About Kelsey? - 2014 RCASA Screening

Who Cares About Kelsey?

On February 4, 2014– RCASA hosted Film Subject, Kelsey Carroll at Reading Memorial High School to meet staff and students.  Later that evening, Kelsey participated in the RCASA Community Screening at Jordan's IMAX of her film.  Following the film, a Q & A with Julianne DeAngelis, RCASA Outreach Coordinator, Kelsey Carroll, Film Subject and Sara Burd, RPS Behavioral Health Coordinator was held. THANK YOU Dan Habib & UNH for use of the film. To Heather Copelas, Marketing Communications Manager, Jordan’s Furniture for hosting the screening and to Fuddruckers for their support.

Kelsey Carroll has one goal –  to graduate from high school –  and plenty of reasons why she shouldn't. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn't earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. 'Who Cares About Kelsey?' is the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Along the way, critical figures in her personal and educational life shape her coming of age and play important roles in an education revolution that's about empowering – not overpowering – youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.

The film may be borrowed from the Reading Public Library or visit whocaresaboutkelsey.com

Point of No Return- 2013 RCASA Screening
Point of No Return- 2013 RCASA Screening

Point of No Return

On May 1, 2013, RCASA, Reading Public Schools, Reading Police & Video Creations hosted a screening of Point of No Return. This award-winning original film on underage drinking was screened at Woburn Showcase Cinemas, followed by a Panel Discussion featuring Chief James W. Cormier, Reading Police and Chief Robert F. MacKenzie, Kennebunk Police & Film Co-Creator.

About “Point of No Return”

With resounding critical acclaim for its film Point of No Return, Video Creations of Kennebunk, Maine has been honored with 4 awards;  You Tube Bronze Telly Award, You Tube People’s Choice Silver Award, Best Shorts Award of Merit for both a Short Documentary and Contemporary Issues/Awareness Raising.  Using unique documentary and dramatic film techniques, Point of No Return, demonstrates to teens that in a split second, their lives can change.  The film focuses on the dangers of drinking and driving and allows the viewers to think about various scenarios as a result of step-by-step decisions.  The successful feedback received to date is a salute to the producer’s draw on real high school students, parents, police, fire and rescue, hospital, and funeral home personnel.  After numerous showings, the video has been hailed by educators, law enforcement officials, and, more importantly, teens themselves as, “The most effective anti-drink-and-driving film they have ever seen.” www.pointofnoreturn.tv

 This film is also shown in Reading Memorial High School 11th grade classes.

My Name was Bette- 2013 RCASA Screening
My Name was Bette- 2013 RCASA Screening

My Name was Bette

My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic is a 58-minute award-winning documentary that examines alcoholism in women by tracing the development and progression of the disease in Bette VandenAkker, a nurse, wife, and mother who lost her life to it in fall of 2007. The film contains mature content and is recommended for ages 13 and older. The film was co-produced by Sherri VandenAkker & Josh Hays.

The film may be borrowed from the Reading Public Library or view on Amazon Prime.

On February 13, 2013, RCASA hosted a film screening at the Jordan’s IMAX Theatre in Reading, MA.  Following the film, a Panel Discussion was moderated by RCASA featuring: Diana Clark, Family Healing Strategies Consultant; Gabrielle Dean, Right-Turn Clinical Director; Julianne DeAngelis, RCASA Outreach Coordinator; William Drinkwater, Dual Disorders Specialist; Jason Moscato, Riverside Community Care Program Director; and Sherri VandenAkker, film co-producer, writer and director.

Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid
Reading Chemical Health Education & Diversion Programs
Reading Chemical Health Education & Diversion Programs
Active Parenting
Active Parenting

Active Parenting Programs

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Eligibility: With the support of grant funding, RCASA is sponsoring the following free programs for adults that live, work or go to school in Reading, Massachusetts.

Type: Active Parenting of Children, 4th Edition (geared to parents of children ages 5-12)

Learn more about upcoming classes, email emcnamara@ci.reading.ma.us

Location: Reading Police Department Community Room, 15 Union St., Reading

Cost: Free (grant-funded)

Facilitator: Erica McNamara, MPH, Certified Prevention Specialist

Details: Topics include styles of parenting- Brain development in children, Cooperation & Communication, Effective nonviolent discipline, Logical consequences,Building Courage & Self-Esteem, Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior, and Active Parenting for School Success.  Participants will receive a book, online access to Active Parenting, and three sessions of training to help make the most of their educational experience.  The program does not teach one to parent but rather provide exercises and information to help strengthen your family and better navigate the childhood and pre-teen years.

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Type: Active Parenting of Teens (geared to parents of teens)

Dates: Tuesdays Nov. 8, 15, 29 from 6-8 pm

Location: Reading Police Department Community Room, 15 Union St., Reading

Cost: Free (grant-funded)

Facilitator: Erica McNamara, MPH, Certified Prevention Specialist

Details: Active Parenting teaches parents the skills they need to communicate effectively with their teens, encourage better behavior, use positive discipline techniques and teach responsibility. It includes developmental issues and active problem-solving techniques. The program is included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. Topics include The Active Parent-Winning Cooperation: Responsibility & Discipline- Building Courage, Redirecting Misbehavior, Having difficult conversations, and much more. Participants will receive a book, online access to Active Parenting, and three sessions of training to help make the most of their educational experience.  The program does not teach one to parent but rather provide exercises and information to help strengthen your family and better navigate the teen years.

To sign up, please visit Reading Community Education

 

Substance Abuse & Workplace Issues- September 2017
Mental Health 101-Reading Public Schools Substitutes-March 2017
Reading YRBS Nicotine & Tobacco Data - Board of Health- 2017
RCASA Director @ Parker Middle School PTO- February 2017
SBIRT & INTERFACE Update from School Nurse & RCASA-Dec 2016
RCASA & School Resource Officer Visit RMHS Health Classes - June 2017
Agenda-To promote opioid prevention
  • Julianne DeAngelis, RCASA Outreach Coordinator
  • Maggie & Meghan, Youth Leaders Alumni
  • Kate & Emily, Youth Leaders Alumni
  • Resources
  • RCASA Youth Crew
  • Health & Wellness Day
  • Community Dialogue- Graphic Organizing
  • Weaving the community's concerns into actionable work

 

Stigma Prevents Change
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse shared a link.
Posted on: October 18, 2017
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse shared their event.
Posted on: October 10, 2017
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse shared CDC's post.
Posted on: October 6, 2017
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse shared CDC's post.
Posted on: October 5, 2017
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