Reading Coalition for Prevention and Support (RCPS)

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About the Reading Coalition

The Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support, formerly known as RCASA, was established in 2006 in Reading. The coalition started as a town, police, school and community initiative focused on improving collaboration and reducing substance abuse. The coalition was grant-funded from 2007-2019. Today, the coalition funded under the Reading Police Department, offers programs and services that focus on substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion. Check out an interview with our Director about the Reading Coalition

Reading Coalition Staff

The Coalition Director oversees the program. The coalition also benefits from the work of our Outreach Coordinator and Public Safety Clinician. All coalition staff are full-time civilian employees at the Reading Police Department under the Town of Reading. The Coalition Director reports to Lt. Detective Richard Abate, who oversees the Detectives Division and the School Resource Officers. The Coalition has been located at the police department since their office was first established in 2007. Lt. Richard Abate reports to the Chief of Police, David Clark. 

Reading Coalition Advisory Board

The Coalition Advisory Board is made up of 25 stakeholders, appointed by the Coalition Director, from our community and region that serve in an advisory capacity to:

  • Exchange information that will enhance our community approach to substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.
  • Supply Reading Coalition staff with feedback on activities, projects and emerging initiatives.
  • Spread the word about coalition resources and events