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 involved 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 solutions
- 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
- 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 an annual celebration and advocacy event focused on recovery from addiction.
Vision: Recovery Day Lancaster promotes a celebration of healing and helps to normalize addiction recovery as a healthy and contributing factor towards a strong community. Recovery is the expectation. Studies show that when individuals sustain 5 years of recovery from substance use disorder, 85% are able to remain in recovery for life. We believe that by making recovery more visible, we ultimately make recovery and recovery supports more accessible and sustainable as a public resource.
MEDIA EDUCATION PROJECT
The Media Education Project (MEP) began out of a mini-grant offered by Compass Mark and the Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission. MEP focuses on sharing evidence-based messaging strategies with the media so that they will be capable of maximizing their role as leaders in the community health issue that is addiction. MEP encourages the use of person-first language (person with substance-use disorder, rather than addict), as well as neutral or positive images of those affected by addiction in the media.
OTHER WORK GROUPS
LCRA members volunteer for an assortment of ad hoc work groups, which are formed and dissolved as needed. Examples have included:
- 2016 ROSC Summit
- 2016 Anti-Heroin Task Force town hall forums
- 2016 Certified Recovery Specialist training series
- 2017 Art Walk show featuring artists in recovery
- Advisory role with recovery-focused initiatives, including Project Lazarus Lancaster County; Lancaster County Joining Forces, Let’s Talk Lancaster
- Trainings for GOAL Project, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Millersville University and Compass Mark