Community Dialogue on Substance Abuse and Violence

The Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA), Reading Public Schools, Reading Police Department and Town of Reading will be hosting its third community dialogue on substance abuse and violence on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the RMHS Field House.  This forum will feature a panel discussion with Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, RCASA Executive Director Erica McNamara, Police Chief James Cormier, and Superintendent of Schools John Doherty.  The discussion will be led by Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner.  The focus of this forum is to present information learned from the previous two forums , as well as, listening to the community about possible ideas to address substance abuse and violence.

As part of the presentation, the school department has prepared a power point presentation to help inform the community of what is currently going on in the schools to address this issue.  The power point and the full task report also describes some future initiatives.  You can access both below.

Behavioral Health Task Force Presentation

Behavioral Health Task Force Recommendations

All are invited and encouraged to attend.  During the first two sessions, we have had excellent participation and attendance.  It is critical for us to keep this dialogue continuing in our community.

If you have any questions, please contact RCASA Executive Director Erica McNamara at

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