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
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
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.
When the Cambria County Drug Coalition was formed just a short 30 months ago, three key areas of focus were emphasized: law enforcement, treatment and prevention. In short, the law enforcement focus is to make it very difficult on those who deal in the illegal drug trade. The treatment focus is to help those battling
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
There are days as district attorney and coroner that are emotionally tough to process. On Dec. 23, 2016, we encountered the death of three family members in an apartment in Johnstown – a young mother and father along with their 5-month-old little girl. The parents died of drug overdoses. The dad was found dead in the
Coalition Corner | Prescription drug prevention initiatives making an impact in our region By Dr. Matthew D. Perry and Jeannine McMillan
To help prevent prescription drug abuse and protect the health and safety of our communities, there are many initiatives currently underway at the national, state and local levels. Click here to read more
Coalition Corner | Arnold Bernard Jr. | Law enforcement making impact on drugs By: Arnold Bernard Jr.
The Law Enforcement Subcommittee of the Cambria County Drug Coalition consists of members of local and county law enforcement dedicated to achieving its broad goal: To decrease the supply of illegal drugs in Cambria County. Click here to read more.
In September 2016, Cambria County incorporated a coordinated effort in the formation of the Cambria County Drug Coalition. The coalition is an independent 501©3 entity formed by a broad cross-section of dedicated individuals who have come together to engage in a collaborative manner to progress the anti-drug effort in Cambria County. Click here to read