Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. was founded in 1973 as a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the prevalence of chemical and alcohol abuse. Located in the Northwest Pennsylvania town of Meadville, it offers prevention and education as well as substance abuse evaluations and outpatient treatment.
Treatment and Staff
Each potential client’s case is evaluated to determine the best course of treatment and an individualized plan is devised based on their unique needs. Treatment can last up to six months or more, depending on the needs of the individual. If necessary, referrals to detox and residential facilities are provided. The type, duration and frequency of treatment depends solely on each individual’s assessment.
For all the outpatient programs, clients see a counselor for hour-long individual sessions as-needed. Group therapy meets weekly to help develop a sober peer-support system. After initial treatment is completed, a certified recovery specialist reaches out to determine if more treatment is needed. He or she gives educational support on the recovery process and introduces clients to community groups such as 12-step programs to help mentor the client through early sobriety.
All counselors are CADCs and many also have degrees in psychotherapy. Preference is given to pregnant women who are injection drug users, pregnant substance abusers, overdose survivors and veterans. Additionally, women with dependent children seeking recovery are given special considerations. No one is denied service because of inability to pay and fees are determined by the level of family income. Case managers assist clients with applying for medical assistance and public funding.
Case coordination provides help in non-drug related areas including housing, physical health needs, mental health, life skills, child care, employment and vocation training.
Additionally, CCDAEC offers classroom and small group educational prevention services at schools and businesses. Staff are also available for speaking engagements and lectures about drug, alcohol and gambling prevention and safety. These programs include Information Dissemination—an informational table displaying facts about substance abuse and problem gambling. CCDAEC provides work books, games and other helpful materials at no charge.
The Student Assisted Program (SAP) screens students who have been referred and makes recommendations for services including an in-school drug and alcohol education program for the duration of ten weeks.
Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission, Inc. provides a range of treatment, education and support services that are affordable and community-oriented. Following completion of treatment, staff maintain contact with clients to ensure lasting recovery. Pregnant women and women with small children are offered child care services and adolescents are supported with school outreach and prevention programs making CCDAEC a solid resource for Northwest Pennsylvania residents.
Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission, Inc.
920 Water St, Ste 12
Meadville, PA 16335
Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission, Inc. Cost: $119 per individual session; $51 per group session. Reach Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission, Inc. by phone at (814) 724-4100.
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