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The Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support Advisory Board, made up of stakeholders from our community and region, will serve in an advisory capacity to:

  • Exchange and share information that will enhance our community approach to substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.
  • Supply Reading Coalition staff with feedback on activities, projects and emerging initiatives.
  • Spread the word about coalition resources and events
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Save the Date- 15th Annual Coalition Meeting & Making the Difference Award Celebration
Save the Date- 15th Annual Coalition Meeting & Making the Difference Award Celebration

Save the Date for the Reading Coalition Annual Meeting on 9/29/2021 from 7-8:30 (Reading Memorial High School). We will celebrate our regional partners including Eliot Community Human Services, Mystic Valley HUB Team, MA Department of Mental Health and Melrose-Wakefield Inpatient Psychiatric Unit for their collaboration with the Coalition on the supporting the mental health needs of local residents..  

 View the flyer: 15th_Reading_Coalition_Annual_Meeting-_Save_the_Date.Updated.pdf

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Reading Coalition Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

Meeting Details:

5:30-6:30 pm

Reading Police Department15 Union St. Reading- 1st floor room

When needed, meetings will be held virtually by Zoom invitation. 

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • Wed. July 28, 2021- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING
  • Wed. August 25, 2021- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING
  • Wed. Sept. 29, 2021- Reading Memorial High School, Annual Meeting, 7-8:30pm

Location details being worked out for the following meetings:

  • 10/27/2021
  • 11/18/2021, (due to Thanksgiving, one week earlier than usual)
  • 12/16/2021
  • 1/26/2022
  • 2/23/2022
  • 3/30/2022
  • 4/27/2022
  • 5/25/2022
  • 6/29/2022
  • 7/27/2022
  • 8/31/2022
  • 9/28/2022 (Annual Meeting, 7-8:30 pm)
  • 10/26/2022
  • 11/30/2022
  • 12/14/2022

Past Meeting Dates

  • Wed. January 29, 2020
  • Wed February 26, 2020
  • Wed March 25, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed April 29, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed May 27, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed June 24, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed July 29, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed Aug 26, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. Sept. 30, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19- ANNUAL MEETING
  • Wed. Oct. 28, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. Nov. 18, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. Dec. 16, 2020- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. Jan. 27, 2021- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. Feb. 24, 2021- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. March 31, 2021- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. April 28, 2021- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING DUE TO COVID-19
  • Wed. May 26, 2021- cancelled
  • Wed. June 30, 2021- ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING

The following key stakeholders have been appointed to the Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support Advisory Board:

  1. Mark Dockser, Select Board, Reading resident
  2. Town Manager, Bob LeLacheur, Reading Police Department
  3. Chief David Clark, Reading Police Department
  4. Deputy Chief Amendola, Reading Police Department
  5. Lt. Chris Jones, Reading Police Department
  6. Lt. Richard Abate, Reading Police Department
  7. SRO Matthew Vatcher, Reading Police Department
  8. SRO Brian Lewis, Reading Police Department
  9. OC Samantha Salkin, Reading Coalition, Reading Police Department
  10. Susan Beauregard, Teen Services, Reading Public Library Liaison
  11. Linda Snow-Dockser, Reading resident
  12. Supt. Thomas Milaschewski, Reading School Department
  13. Principal Kevin Tracey, Reading Memorial High School
  14. Asst. Principal Thomas Zaya, Reading Memorial High School
  15. Kevin Sexton, Reading Board of Health, Reading resident
  16. Laura Gemme, Reading resident
  17. Eleana Conway, Burbank YMCA Liasion, Reading resident
  18. Julianne DeAngelis, Substance Abuse Content Expert, Woburn
  19. James Hickey, Austin Prep, Reading
  20. Rev. Pete Jeffrey, Reading Clergy Council Liaison, Reading
  21. Joanne Senders, Reading resident, Freelance Reporter
  22. Abby Goodemote, Reading resident, Parent, Reading
  23. Brian Snell, Reading Rotary, Law Office of Brian Snell 
  24. John Halsey, Reading resident
  25. Sherri VandenAkker, Parent, Reading resident
  26. Richard Winant, Kelly Sober House, Wakefield
  27. Lynna Williams, Reading Memorial High School, Guidance Director,
  28. Susan Beauregard, Reading Public Library, Young Adult Librarian
  29. Kate Grant, Parent, Reading resident
  30. Elise Brucato, Parent, Reading resident, Prevention Professional

Recent Alumni

Patrick Shannon, Long serving Board President

Board Packets

Board Meeting Packets- 2019

Jan. 2019

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.1.31.19.pdf

 Vaping_Handout_Jan_20191.pdf

Parent-Alert-CBD-version-6.pdf

Feb. 2019

1.RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.2.28.19.pdf

2.A_Nation_At_Hope_exemplar_release_FINAL.pdf

March 2019

 1.RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.3.28.19.pdf

CBD_Overview_for_RCASA_Board_Members_March_2019.pdf

April 2019

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.4.25.19.pdf

TDV_Reading_Flyer_May_8_2019.pdf

May 2019

Board Report To Be Posted

June 2019

Board Report To Be Posted

July 2019

Board Report To Be Posted

August 2019 

 

September 2019- Annual Coalition meeting

 

October 2019

 

November 2019

 

December 2019

 

 

Board Meeting Packets- 2018

Jan. 2018

BOD_January_25_2018_Packet.pdf

Feb. 2018

Feb_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

March 2018

March__2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

April 2018

April_2018.RCASA_BOD_packet.pdf

May 2018

May_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

June 2018

June_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

July 2018

No board meeting

August 2018 meeting rescheduled to September 13, 2018

AugSept_2018_RCASA_BOD_Packet.pdf

September 2018- Annual Coalition meeting

9.27.18_Flyer_for_RCASA_12th_Annual_Meeting.png

To view the entire event

https://youtu.be/EEGgq6qoJiU

Overview

Pat Shannon, the RCASA Board President welcomed the audience and acknowledged the Board. Pat reminded the audience that RCASA was in their 10th and final year of federal grant funding. He encouraged the community to support RCASA's efforts to continue their work. 

Erica McNamara, Director, presented the highlights from the last year including the national award that RCASA received for the 2017 educational series called 'Reading Unites for Recovery'.

2018_Annual_Presidents_Welcome_and_Directors_Report.pdf

Sherri VandenAkker, Board Member, provided a thought provoking and inspired speech with guidance on facing a family member's addiction. 

Keynote_Speech_at_RCASA_Annual_Meeting.9.27.18.Sherri_VandenAkker.pdf

Rich Abate, Board Member, presented an award from the RCASA Board of Directors to Erica McNamara, for her 10 years of service to the people of Reading. On Behalf of the Board, Joanne Senders presented Erica with a framed photo and quote from the board. 

Bob LeLacheur, Town Manager and Board Member, emphasized the unique role that public service employees play in our community.  He announced that Erica McNamara was resuming her role as the Director of RCASA on Monday October 1, 2018.  

The meeting concluded with a short business agenda item to review and accept the Treasurer's Report. 

October 2018

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.10.25.18.pdf

November 2018

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.11.29.18.pdf

December 2018

RCASA_Board_of_Directors.Agenda.12.13.18.pdf

 

  • 2018 Reading Coalition Honored at National Recovery Month Award Ceremony
  • Sherri VandenAkker accepts Reading Coalition Award
  • SRO Vatcher and SRO Lewis

    Reading Coalition Annual Meeting

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