Kate Porter

About Kate Porter

Prevention Program Specialist/CTC Mobilizer Cambria County Drug Coalition

Coalition Corner | Committed to making a difference By: Jeff Janciga

I have been employed by the Johnstown Police Department since December 1998.  I have held the roles of patrol officer, patrol sergeant, JPD/RPD SERT entry team member, patrol and narcotics detection K9 officer, Crisis Intervention Team officer and patrol sergeant.  I graduated from Greater Johnstown High School and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Prior to

2019-01-14T09:09:23+00:00

Coalition Corner | Rev. Rick Horner: Faith-based organizations working to fight addiction, offer hope By: Rev. Rick Horner

The scene of brokenness caused by the strong hold of drugs and active addiction on families across America in every state, county, city, town and sprawling farmland is something that cannot go unnoticed. As a pastor, I have seen the devastation far too many times and at alarming rates – lives cut short and families broken down

2018-12-28T16:36:08+00:00

State will offer free naloxone next week By: David Hurst

State officials are distributing thousands of free kits of naloxone across Pennsylvania next week during a holiday season that often ushers in a surge in opioid overdoses. The Wolf administration is providing 5,000 kits of the opioid overdose reversal drug – each containing two doses of naloxone – to 80 locations across the state, including

2018-12-28T16:31:58+00:00

Report: Drug overdose deaths on decline in Cambria County By: Jen Johnson

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WJAC) — Statistics show Cambria County lost 94 people to drug overdoses in 2016 -- 94 parents, siblings, children or friends. At the time, the county ranked second in the state per capita for overdose deaths. Since then, the number has declined. Last year, Cambria County saw a slight decrease, 87 deaths. So far

2018-12-04T12:44:29+00:00

Cambria drug coalition: Collaboration building as region tackles crisis By Jocelyn Brumbaugh

NORTHERN CAMBRIA – Leaders of about a dozen subcommittees of the Cambria County Drug Coalition emphasized the importance of collaboration during a community update meeting Thursday. Avenues being taken to address the county's substance abuse problem include treatment, recovery, prevention, education and law enforcement. At Contres Greer Social Hall, Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan

2018-12-04T12:36:05+00:00

COALITION CORNER | Co-occurring mental health and substance use issues have available treatment options By Tracy Selak

 Current data suggest that one in five individuals will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in their lifetime, and of those living with a mental health disorder, as many as 50 percent will also experience a co-occurring substance use disorder. Click here to read more.

2018-11-14T14:38:54+00:00

Editorial | Take the journey to be drug-free

Mike Messina, of the Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, talks about the Red Ribbon theme at his office in Johnstown’s Landmark Building on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Red Ribbon Week was created in response to the death of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico in 1985. The idea began with parents

2018-11-07T15:22:49+00:00

Coalition Corner | Celebrating National Recovery Month By Jason Rilogio

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions and substance-use disorders, and to celebrate the individuals living in recovery. This observance promotes the belief that behavioral health is essential to overall

2018-11-07T15:05:48+00:00

Recovery in the Valley’ celebrates success, offers resources By: Jocelyn Brumbaugh

Celebrating the possibility of recovery  from addiction was the theme of Saturday’s Recovery in the Valley event, a resource fair that featured several speakers, held in recognition of September as National Recovery Month. Magellan Healthcare and the Cambria County Drug Coalition teamed up to host the event at Central Park in downtown Johnstown, offering a place

2018-12-04T12:55:36+00:00