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  • Announcing:ツCertified Family Recovery Specialist Credentialツ

    To more formally recognize the value of family recovery specialists in the workforce, we are pleased to announce a new credential for family recovery specialists who wish to obtain the new certification offered by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). The development of the Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was a joint effort between PCB … Read More

  • Pathways to Pardons Resource:

    The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, the PA Dept. of Corrections and the Lt. Governor窶冱 office, along with many State Representatives and community leaders have been diligently working to help Pennsylvanians understand the Pardon Process. In addition to the seminars occurring across the state, two new resources have been developed to help individuals understand the Pardon … Read More

  • Substance Use Condition Loss and Grief Support Groups in Pennsylvania – by County

    This is a list of grief supports for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to substance use conditions, including overdoses. If you have additions or need to notify us of changes, please email Additional online resources can be found at the bottom of the document. You may view the documentツHERE. … Read More

  • 113 Of the Nation窶冱 Leading Patient Advocacy and Health Care Organizations Launch 窶呂ampaign To Protect Patient Privacy Rights窶 Issue Joint Statement About the Need To Safeguard Sud Confidentiality

    Many of the nation窶冱 leading addiction treatment, recovery, health care and advocacy organizations today announced a new coordinated effort 窶 theツCampaign to Protect Patient Privacy Rightsツ窶 to advocate for maintaining the confidentiality of substance use disorder (SUD) patients in the face of proposals to eradicate these essential rights. The Campaign, which includes the: Legal Action … Read More

  • Statement Opposing the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (HR 3545)

    The Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations 窶 Alliance is adding our voice to those across our nation in opposition to the dismantling of ourツ lifesaving drug and alcohol confidentiality rights as proposed under the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (HR 3545). The Bill would eliminate the rights we have had under the law for over 40 … Read More

  • Pennsylvania Pressroom: Pennsylvanians Warned by Wolf Administration of K2 Synthetic Marijuana Overdose Cluster in Lancaster County

      You may view the original page at: ツ   07/12/2017 Pennsylvanians Warned by Wolf Administration of K2 Synthetic Marijuana Overdose Cluster in Lancaster County Harrisburg, PA – Wolf administration officials today warned residents and emergency responders that a recent spike of overdoses from a synthetic marijuana known as K2 in Lancaster County has the … Read More

  • PRO窶「A and the PCB convenes group to examine peer supervision competencies

    On June 20th, The Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations hosted a meeting with certified recovery specialists and supervisors of certified recovery specialist in order to begin to identify core competencies for drug and alcohol peer supervision. The process included a review of the literature on peer supervision and working through draft core competencies tasks, knowledge and skills … Read More

  • PA Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Programs, The Phoenix Monthly Newsletter

    The Phoenix is a monthly newsletterツproduced by the PennsylvaniaツDepartment of Drug and AlcoholツPrograms. To submit story ideas,ツcomments, or feedback, please contactツCarol Gifford, the editor, atツ ツThe second edition is available to read,ツHERE. ツThis issues includes: A Letterツfrom Acting Secretary Smith State News DDAP News County News And More..

  • PA Hope Caucus Round-Table Discussion

    PRO窶「A, along with Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General, PA Department of Health; Laura Conrad, Deputy Secretary, Legislative Affairs, PA Department of Drugs & Alcohol (DDAP); Susan Shanaman, Esq., Legal Counsel, PA Coroners Association; Deb Beck, President, Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA; Kristen Varner, Director of Training & Advocacy and Denise Holden, CEO, … Read More

  • Senate Leadership Letter

    Faces & Voices of Recovery, ARCO and all ARCO member organizations have written and signed off on a letter to address concerns surrounding healthcare reform: The undersigned organizations are writing to share our views on critical provisions we believe must be included in any legislation modifying the nation窶冱 health care system. We also want to … Read More

  • Announcing First Ever Family Survey: Families Living With Addiction & Recovery

    ツFaces and Voices of Recovery has announced the first ever family survey for families living with addiction and recovery. This survey is intended to be completed by 窶「 ツfamily members 窶「 ツpartners 窶「 ツparents 窶「 ツsiblings 窶「 ツchildren 窶「 ツother intimatesツof people with substance use problems       For more information, visitツFaces and Voices … Read More

  • 21st Century Cures Act Creates Drug and Alcohol Funding Opportunity

    Last month, we were notified of the Opioid STR Funding Announcement Opportunity (FOA). This FOA makes available more than 50 million dollars for the state of Pennsylvania to address the opioid epidemic over the next 2 years. As the statewide RCO, we united localツRCO’s, partners and key stakeholders across the state to formalize a setツrecommendations … Read More

  • Pennsylvanians Warned of Extreme Dangers of Carfentanil

    Pennsylvania now has its third known and confirmed death from the use of carfentanil. This death occurred in Butler County at the end of 2016, according to William Young, Butler County Coroner. Carfentanil or carfentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which … Read More

  • PA.Gov Website Get’s a Makeover and Includes a page Dedicated to the Opioid Epidemic has launched a pilot version of the State website to determine better ways to serve and make information available to Pennsylvanians. Included in the pilot version of the state website is a page dedicated to the Opioid Epidemic. You can view the page atツ The page includes information on Naloxone Locating County Resources Finding … Read More

  • Recovery Works! Recovery and Resiliency Grant Initiative Final Report and Recommendations

    Recovery Works Final Report – Executive Summary This grant provided a unique opportunity for our respective recovery communities to partner on, work together towards and develop this proposal together. We have been able to expand opportunities for recovering people while learning about each other, sharing assets and working towards our main objective, the first ever … Read More

  • Alert: When Addiction Professionals Run Recovery Houses

    Addiction professionals need to be very aware of potential code of ethical conduct concern for any caregiver who engages in such conduct or is aware of a colleague who is engaged in such conduct. Read the full alert here.  

  • Recovery Works Summit! 2016 Survey Summary

    Introduction: SAMSHA defines recovery as “a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in a community of their choice while striving to achieve their full potential” ( Those of us with lived recovery experience have worked to improve our lives and continue to … Read More

  • STATE BUDGET UPDATE FOR 2016-17: Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention & Addiction Treatment Services

    ツ ツ2016-17 preliminary analysis budget chart Courtesy of DASPOP, we are able to make the 2016-17 preliminary analysis budget chart available to you. You will findツthe proposed 2016-17 enacted state budget preliminary analysis.

  • October 19th, 2016 Public Hearing 窶忤hat to do when a loved one has an addiction problem窶

    On Tuesday, October 19th, 2016, the Human Services Committee held a public hearingツonツ窶忤hat to do when a loved one has an addiction problem.窶 ツPRO窶「A Executive Director, William Stauffer attended. His testimony included the following. ツIt is not an easy task for a family member to get a loved one help. We kind of expect the … Read More

  • IMD Exclusion and New Federal Rule

    What is the IMD Exclusion and how does it affect access to addiction treatment? The Institution for Mental Diseases (IMD)ツExclusion is a Federal statute that bars federal Medicaid match for treatment of mental illnesses in facilities with more than 16 beds. Mental health and addiction treatment facilities with more than 16 beds are considered IMDs. … Read More


    The PA Open Beds is an innovative tool developed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to more effectively use the treatment beds available in the Pennsylvania drug and alcohol treatment system during the current opioid addiction and overdose death epidemic, which has created great demand for and strain on our treatment system. … Read More

  • Opiate Epidemic, Addiction and Recovery Fact Sheet

    The Opiate Epidemic 窶廛rug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of deaths from injury in the United States窶 Center for Disease Control (2013) – 窶廬n 2014, there were approximately one and a half times more drug overdose deaths in the United States than deaths from motor vehicle crashes窶 Center for Disease Control (2015) … Read More

  • Recovery

    A highly individualized journey that requires abstinence from all mood and mindalteringツsubstances that may be supported through the use of medication that is appropriately prescribed andツtaken. This journey is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle that includes the pursuit of spiritual, emotional,ツmental and physical well-being that is often supported by others.

  • Coming Together

    The recovery movement is increasingly focusing on both mental and substance use disorders. For example, Recovery Month broadened its focus to include mental as well as substance use disorders. SAMHSA sponsored other efforts to promote dialogue and collaboration between the CSAT-funded RCSP and the CMHS-funded Statewide Consumer Grant Program, among other efforts. That same year, … Read More

  • Substance Use

    In the substance use field, individuals and families seeking recovery have had challenges in accessing formal treatment services. The 19th and early 20th century saw the emergence of mutual aid societies. Alcoholics Anonymous, for example, began in 1935. New grassroots organizations developed in the late 1990s that supported the new recovery advocacy movement. The movement … Read More