Lebanon County helps those struggling with addiction get back into treatment after COVID-19


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Lebanon County is teaming up with area treatment providers to help those struggling with addiction get back into treatment after COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a news release from Pennsylvania Counseling Services.

During Road to Recovery Days, Pennsylvania Counseling Services will offer open access to restart recovery services for Lebanon County residents as well as those on supervision with Lebanon County Probation Services and who ended treatment before completing it. 

Attendees will complete an evaluation and receive an immediate referral to a provider of their choice.

“We acknowledge that a lot of people have been struggling with addiction and mental health issues during these difficult times,” said Audrey Rakow, director at Lebanon County Probation Services. “The goal is to make a positive impact on the community by mitigating the number of people who may overdose, commit new criminal offenses or end up incarcerated.”

Rakow said this event is a way for people to get help without fear of going to jail.

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The event is on June 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pennsylvania Counseling Services’ Renaissance outpatient location, 618 Cumberland Street, Lebanon.

Pennsylvania Counseling Services will offer scheduled and walk-in appointments with a case manager on those days. To schedule an appointment call 1-855-272-1653.

Individuals on supervision with Lebanon County Probation Services who have a bench warrant will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact Rakow at (717) 273- 1557 ext. 5111 to confirm legal eligibility. 

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Mariana Veloso is the Quality of Life reporter for the USA Today Network – Pennsylvania. Veloso focuses primarily on the opioid epidemic in southcentral PA, along with coverage of everyday issues in the Hanover area. If you have a story idea, you can email her at msveloso@eveningsun.com. Follow her on Twitter @MariVeloso9 to stay up to date with her latest articles.

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