The Lancaster County Recovery Alliance (LCRA, also known as “The Alliance”) is a grassroots coalition that began in May 2015. The Lancaster County Recovery Alliance is a group of community members whose purpose is to explore and develop solutions to issues caused by addiction.
Members include people in recovery, friends and family members, service providers, legal/law enforcement, church/faith-based organizations, corrections, the business community and other allies.
Our mission is to encourage a recovering lifestyle within the community at large for those affected by addiction through Awareness, Advocacy and Access.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Any individual with a desire to become invovled with grass-roots work with the Alliance is encouraged to email LCRA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Active participation is defined as work that promotes and facilitates fulfilling the mission of LCRA including, but not limited to, serving on committees/workgroups focused on diverse projects designed to affect community perception of addiction recovery. Many projects will reflect directives obtained from federal, state or local grant-work. LCRA members will also work with local agencies and organizations to strengthen our counties recovery oriented landscape.
The Leadership Committee is an advisory group of members who are responsible for providing guidance on overall strategic direction and key issues of the Alliance, such as:
- Assessing our local current needs and strengths and designing strategies that reflect recovery oriented sollutions,
- Organizing projects and mobilizing individuals to participate,
- ensuring budgetary control, both programmatically and fiscally,
- developing a media and marketing strategy,
- Maintaining collaborations and fostering relationships of inclusion where-ever possible
- creating procedures for resource allocation and sustainability,
- making decisions involving large expenditures,
- establishing and maintain organizational structure,
- monitoring committee activities,
- developing meeting agendas and presentations,
- ensuring legal and ethical standards and maintaining accountability.
- Recovery Day Lancaster: Recovery Day Lancaster (RDL) is the annual celebration and advocacy event focused on recovery from addiction.
- RDL Vision (“Recovery is the expectation”): Recovery Day Lancaster promotes a celebration of healing and helps to normalize addiction recovery as a healthy and contributing factor towards a strong community. Studies show that when individuals sustin 5 years of recovery from substance use disorder, 85% are able to remain in recovery for life. We beleive that by making recovery more visible, we ultimately make recovery and recovery supports more accessable and sustainable as a public resource.
- Other Ad Hoc Committees/workgroups
- These efforts will construct the main focus of the Alliance. They will be formed and disolved as needed and correspond to the various projects engaged by the Alliance.
- Examples have included: The county R.O.S.C Summit held in 2016, collaborations with The Anti-Heroin Taskforce to produce various “Town-Hall” forums, Certified Recovery Specialist trainings and certifications in 2016, advisory roles with several community inititives focused on recovery, partnerships with groups such as Lazarus Project Lancaster and Joining Forces Lancaster, production of awareness and anti-stigma events and collaborative trainings with organizations like GOAL Project, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Millersville Unniversity and Compass Mark.