Coalition Corner

Celebrating National Recovery Month by Jason Rilogio

National Recovery Month, an annual celebration sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance-use disorders and celebrating those in recovery. Members of the Cambria County Drug Coalition Recovery Workgroup, in collaboration with local


Remembering lives lost to drug overdoses by Natalie Kauffman

The Cambria County Drug Coalition’s Recovery Workgroup is planning an event for International Overdose Awareness Day.  This global event takes place every year on Aug. 31 and aims to raise awareness of overdose deaths, reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and spread the message that overdose is preventable.  It also acknowledges the grief felt


Safe Havens Created for Children By Tony Penna Sr.

The Coaches 4 Kids Foundation started the Playground Takeover Project in 2013. We started this program to create safe havens around the Johnstown area. The Coaches 4 Kids Foundation has been helped in its work by the Cambria County Drug Coalition, CareerLink, Goodwill Industries, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and many other special groups


Coalition Corner | Drug-collection events make a difference By: Kristy Freoni

More than 25 police departments and pharmacies countywide are set to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local police officers will staff the 29 collection sites to receive expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication from the community. The event,


Coalition Corner|An Investment in Evidence-Based Drug and Violence Prevention Program Makes Economic Sense By: Kate Porter

The Cambria County Drug Coalition has been awarded a grant through the University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV). This investment allows for the continued implementation of the Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (LST). LST is an evidence-based substance use and violence prevention program designed to be implemented in Middle/Junior High


Coalition Corner | Data collection, analysis making an impact By: Jeff Janciga

As mentioned in last month’s Coalition Corner column, the Johnstown Police Department has begun using police reporting systems in a more extensive fashion.  Statistical analysis of the raw data has become possible.  This step has led to data-informed decisions and positive impacts. The Cambria County Drug Coalition, during strategic planning sessions, identified critical success factors


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


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