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🆘 LOCAL SUPPORT and RESOURCES

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March 5, 2018

*DUE TO COVID-19 SOME OF THESE GROUPS HAVE STOPPED MEETING IN PERSON. CALL AHEAD TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PROTOCOL IS.*

Support Services and Education in Johnstown, Ligonier, Altoona Pa.

This is a work in progress and I will add more as I find them. If the title is highlighted pink, there is a link to a calendar listing with more detailed info. I'm still adding weekly meetings and welcome any other resources. Please email me at julief@macaronikid.com to share. 


FOOD AND NUTRITION

Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program


ADDICTION AND RECOVERY


4:12 GROUP

Bethel United Methodist Church 

215 Whistler Street, Hollsopple, PA

Meets every Monday from 7-8:30. For families of those struggling with addiction.


CONNECT CHURCH RECOVERY-recovery resource

Meets Thursday at 6:30

SANITY GROUP SUPPORT MEETING

Westmont Family Counseling Ministries

789 Goucher Street in Johnstown 15905

Support group for family members of addicted individuals.
Meets the first Tuesday of the month in the evening from 6:00 to 7:30 pm

DISTRICT 41 of ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS / JOHNSTOWN, PA

LAUREL MT. HIGHLANDS NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS


WE WILL RECOVER SUPPORT MEETINGS

We Will Recover Bedford

9457 Lincoln Highway

Bedford Pa 15522

3RD Wednesday of the month 5-7:30 PM


WE WILL RECOVER FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP SOMERSET

132 East Union Street

Somerset Pa 15501

Meets Tuesdays at 6:00 PM

We Will Recover Johnstown Family Support Group

132 Walnut Street

Johnstown, Pa. 15901

Meets Tuesday at 6:00 PM


We Will Recover Somerset Family Support Group

224 Twin Lakes Road

Somerset Pa 15501

Meets Tuesday at 6:00 PM


PaSTOP.ORG: THE COMMONWEALTH PREVENTION ALLIANCE CAMPAIGN TO STOP OPIATE ABUSE


Remembering Adam Inc

Mission Statement: To create environmental change that will promote healthy decisions and behaviors regarding substance use.
Vision Statement: To provide substance use prevention education programs that create environmental change within school systems and communities that will modify attitudes and beliefs concerning substance use.


HELPLINE NUMBERS

TWIN LAKES CENTER     814 443 3639
SAGE'S ARMY HELPLINE  724 863 5433
SUBSTANCE ABUSE HELPLINE    844 897 8927
CAMBRIA COUNTY DRUG AND ALCOHOL   814 536 5388
SOMERSET COUNTY SCA     814 445 1530
BLAIR COUNTY DRUG AND ALCOHOL   814 693 3023
CENTRE COUNTY    814 355 6744
GREENE COUNTY    888 317 7106
WESTMORELAND COUNTY SCA   724 684 9000
ARMSTRONG/INDIANA   724 354 2746
WASHINGTON COUNTY SCA    800 247 8379
LAWRENCE COUNTY   724 658 5580
CLEARFIELD/JEFFERSON   814 371 9002
BEDFORD COUNTY SCA     814 623 5009
ALLEGHENY COUNTY SCA    412 350 3857
FAYETTE COUNTY DRUG AND ALCOHOL   724 438 3576
TIOGA COUNTY SCA    570 724 5766
WESTMORELAND DRUG OVERDOSE TASK FORCE   724 830 3827                                

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ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

Upper Yoder Township Police Department Safe Medication Disposal Box

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

PROVEN PROCESS TO REDUCE TEEN DELINQUENCY, DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE

Information for Parents About Teen Drug Use


SUPPORT FOR WOMEN


INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE SUPPORT GROUP
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1440 Scalp Ave
Johnstown, Pa. 15904
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. For individuals struggling with infertility and miscarriage.


WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

This group welcomes women over the age of 20 affected by any form of cancer. Any woman, whether newly diagnosed, in the midst of chemotherapy, or cancer-free for years, is welcome to attend.

Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month
6 - 8 pm
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
First Floor, Community Room B
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 266-9194

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Westmont Family Counseling Ministries

789 Goucher Street in Johnstown 15905

Provides women who have had breast cancer with the opportunity to meet with other survivors to offer encouragement, hope and support.
The group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
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Behavioral Health of Cambria County 110 Franklin St  Suite 300 Johnstown, PA 15901  814-534-4436
Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates, Inc.    Bloomfield Street, Suite 203 Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 266-3196Email: johnstown@c-nta.com      
485 Berlin Plank Road Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 701-2898  Email: somerset@c-nta.com

Peer Empowerment Network  514 Somerset Street Johnstown PA 15901 US    814-539-2724 

Minority Mental Health Resources

ACRP PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Nulton Diagnostic and Treatment Center, P.C.

SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP CAMBRIA COUNTY 1086 Franklin Street Johnstown, PA 15905 814-534-7748

SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP  BLAIR COUNTY

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Adult Psychiatry Inpatient Program

Bedford Somerset Development & Behavioral Health Services

UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health Services 501 Howard Ave Altoona, PA 16601  814-889-2706   marinepl@upmc.edu

Independent Family Services, Inc. Johnstown and Bedford

Community Guidance Center

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION WEBSITE

CRISIS:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

FAMILY SUPPORT

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🤱 Breast Feeding Education at Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient CenterRegistration required
Meets in the Community Room at Conemaugh East Hills the first Thursday of the month from 6-9 P.M.
To register, call 814.534.9009 or visit Conemaugh.org.

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUPSocialize and network with other families. Learn about programs, resources, and related services. Monthly topics focus on infants, children, and teen issues. Supervised play area for children up to age 10  - Must RSVP. Beverages provided. Please feel free to bring a light snack to share.

Meets the third Sunday of each month 
6 - 8 pm
 St. Paul's United Church of Christ 
202 West Union Street
 Somerset, PA 15501
For more information or to RSVP, call Tamie at (814) 445-4329 or (814) 233-1580.

PARENTING BY CHOICE SUPPORT GROUPMany grandparents and other relatives find themselves raising grandchildren as a result of their own child being addicted to drugs or alcohol. This support group is designed to provide encouragement adn comfort as well as an opportunity to share helpful experiences and discuss the unique challenges of raising this special group of children. Topics include finding help and support, understanding family addiction, knowing laws and legal resources, talking to children about tough issues, managing the caregiving role, and building resiliency in the child and guardian.

Meets the first Wednesday of each month
 6 - 7 pm
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
First Floor, Community Room B
1450 Scalp Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15905 
Phone: (814) 534-7926

CHILDREN'S SAFETY PROGRAMFitting cribs to families. Referring agencies include ACRP, Birthright, Community Action and Women’s Help Center, although any organization or physician can refer a family to the program by contacting Marlene Singer at 814-534-1588 or msinger@conemaugh.org.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT 


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP FOR ADULTS
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
 First Floor, Community Room B


1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
 

Bereavement support provides an opportunity to meet with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and network with other individuals to assist in the completion of the grief process. This group is hosted by Conemaugh Regional Hospice.

Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month
 6 - 8 pm

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES (CALL FOR INTAKE AND DATES): The Healing Patch is a free peer support group designed specifically for children and their families who have suffered the loss of a loved one, such as a parent, sibling, grandparent, or close family member. The Healing Patch offers a safe place where grieving children and their families can discover they are not alone in their grief by interacting with others who have encountered similiar losses.

Meets two Tuesday evenings per month 
Intake and orientation required for participation. Please call for more information.

Support group meetings held at:
118 Ebony Road, Ebensburg, PA

Phone: 1-800-445-6262

CORONAVIRUS

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HEALTH SUPPORT

ALL CANCERS SUPPORT GROUPThis group offers support, information, and encouragement for patients, survivors, and caregivers dealing with any type of cancer diagnosis.

Meets the first Thursday of each month
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Conemaugh Cancer Care Center 
Good Samaritan Building, Ground Floor - Lower Level Lobby Area
1020 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
 Phone: (814) 534-1297

BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUPConemaugh Memorial Medical Center - 

Main Campus 
Good Samaritan Building, Discharge Lobby


1086 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905

For those that have had weight loss surgery or are interested in learning more about surgery. 

Meets the first Wednesday of every month 
6 - 7:30 pm


BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUPConemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center 
First Floor, Community Room B


1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
  (814) 269-5248

This group is open to any individual, family member, or caregiver affected by a brain injury or stroke.This group also provides education and information for survivors and caregivers, enabling them to maintain a positive attitude.

Meets the last Thursday of each month
 3 - 4:30 pm


CHRONIC PAIN SUPPORT GROUPMeets the second Monday of each month 
4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
First Floor, Community Room B
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904 
Phone: (814) 534-3797

CHARCOT-MARIE-TOOTH (CMT) SUPPORT GROUPCMT is an inherited neurological disorder affecting the nerves that control muscles in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. Over time, these nerves deterioriate. CMT is a hereditary disorder and family medical history of CMT patients should be reviewed thoroughly to assist in proper diagnosis.

Meets the fourth Saturday of each month 
1 - 3 pm 
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
 First Floor, Community Room B
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 
Phone: (814) 539-2341

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUPMeets the first Tuesday of each month, excluding January and February 
1 - 2:30 pm 
6 - 7:30 pm *
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Lee Campus
 Conemaugh Diabetes Institute, First Floor
 320 Main Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
 Phone: (814) 534-6800 or 1-866-641-3828

*Services offered to Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center and Conemaugh Miners Medical Center via live video during this session.

LAUREL HIGHLANDS ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGMemorial Medical Center Room B801

1086 Franklin St  Johnstown, Pa. 15905

Meets the second Monday of every month from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.

EPILEPSY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUPMeets the first 4th Wednesday of the month. From 4-5:00 PM


Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center 
First Floor, Community Room B  
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904


Phone: (814) 799-0345

FRANK E. MAYAK ALS SUPPORT GROUPMeets second Wednesday of each month 
3 - 4:30 pm
 

Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
 First Floor, Community Room B 
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904


Phone: (814) 269-5241

HIV / AIDS SUPPORT GROUP (CALL FOR MEETING DATES): This group provides a secure and friendly environment for individuals living with HIV / AIDS. Group members receive up-to-date information and support through interactions with positive peers.

For more information, including meeting dates and times, call Community Care Management at (814) 534-3032 or 1-866-429-1583.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUPPORT GROUP
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
First Floor, Community Room B


1450 Scalp Avene, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5241

Meets the second Monday of each month
 7 - 8 pm

OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP (CALL FOR MEETING DATES): This group provides a secure and friendly environment for individuals living with an ostomy. The group is hosted by ostomy nurses and guest speakers may attend. Group members receive up-to-date information and support through interactions with positive peers.

Meets quarterly on a Wednesday 
4:30 - 5:30 pm


Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Main Campus
 Good Samaritan Building, Myron C. Conference Room


1086 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
 Phone: (814) 534-6840

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUPConemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center 
First Floor, Community Room B 
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Phone: (814) 269-5241

Goals is this group include offering friendship, support, and encouragement to Parkinson's patients and caregivers; educational information; and providing a warm, supportive atmosphere.

Meets the third Wednesday of each month
 2:30 - 4 pm


SLEEP DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUPConemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center 
First Floor, Community Room B


1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
 Phone: (814) 534-6450

This support group provides information and support for those with sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

Meets every Third Thursday 
6  - 7 pm


CENTRAL ALLEGHENY LYME DISEASE SUPPORT GROUPRoaring Spring Community Library
320 E Main St Roaring Spring Roaring Spring, PA 16673
Meets monthly

THE AlTOONA AREA LYME DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: Saint Rose of Lima Church Social Hall 5519 6th Ave
Altoona, PA 16602 

Meets the second Thursday of each month.

TRAVEL WITHIN PENNSYLVANIA

511 Pa Travel Info to Go 

511 Pa Travel to go is also a Mobile App HERE

March 16, 2020
PA Turnpike Temporarily Will Not Accept Cash To Safeguard Employee and Traveler Health
Cash customers should NOT stop at tollbooths; they’ll be invoiced by mail starting at 8 p.m.


HARRISBURG, PA (MARCH 16, 2020) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is alerting motorists that cash will not be accepted at any interchange statewide beginning tonight at 8 p.m. This is a temporary safety measure to keep travelers moving with no need to stop at tollbooths or interact with tolling personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this time, cash and credit cards will not be accepted anywhere on the PA Turnpike’s ticket system. All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through tolling points.

“This temporary measure is critical to enable us to support the Commonwealth in its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “I want to be clear that we will return to normal toll-collection operations as soon as it becomes practical.”

Customers who do not have an E-ZPass account should continue to use lanes marked “Tickets” on entry and “Cash” on exit, however they should keep moving through the lane at the posted speed without stopping. Instead of paying their toll on the roadway, they will receive a PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE invoice through the mail.

With the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE option, high-speed cameras capture license-plate images as vehicles pass by. The registered owner receives an invoice within 30 days for trips made through the tolling point. Invoices can be paid online, by phone or by mail.

Customers who receive a TOLL BY PLATE invoice will be charged the “cash” toll rate. However, when paying their invoice, they will have the option to open an E-ZPass account to receive the discounted rate at time of payment.

Customers have 20 days to pay invoices before a second invoice is issued. If the first invoice is not paid, the second invoice will include an additional fee of $5 or the equivalent of 1.5% of the total amount owed, whichever is higher.

Cash tolls will still be in place on the Mon-Fayette Expressway (PA Turnpike 43) via the current Automated Payment Machines.

All customers should be prepared for possible confusion around the toll plaza areas as drivers adjust to the temporary measure. Drivers should slow down when approaching a tolling point or interchange, pay attention and proceed with caution.

For more information on how all-electronic tolling works, visit nocashzone.com.

Additionally, late last week, the PA Turnpike announced the added precaution of limiting services at the King of Prussia Service Plaza in Montgomery County and the Valley Forge and Peter J. Camiel service plazas in Chester County. All fast food dining and public restrooms are closed inside the service plazas. Portable toilets are available for the traveling public.

For other service plaza locations and amenities, click HERE.
For more information on operational changes due to further COVID-19 guidance, visit PATurnpike.com.

CONTACT:
Rosanne Placey, 717-675-4362 (mobile)
Carl DeFebo, 717-645-2265 (mobile)


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