As of January 1, 2018, Livengrin’s First Responder Addiction Treatment (FRAT) Program moved into the newly completed Chapman Community Center. The new building includes the clinical, administrative and peer offices for FRAT, along with the program’s meeting room. The Chapman Community Center also includes a large multi-purpose meeting room, where various Livengrin meetings and programs will be held. The move into the new building will provide the additional space needed as the FRAT Program continues to grow as the premier local, regional, and national resource for First Responders.
The FRAT Program, founded in 2012, is a unique specialty program run by First Responders for First Responders. FRAT serves active and former members of law enforcement, fire service EMS, corrections, and the military. As the number of first responders we help has grown, so has our dedicated and professional staff. Our FRAT Team is made up of First Responders (7 Trained Peers and Masters’ Level Clinicians) and Civilians (2 Masters’ Level Clinicians). The team has a combined:
- 160 years of First Responder Service
- 140 years of Recovery
- Over 60 years of First Responder Treatment Experience
We are happy to welcome John Becker Jr., MHS-C, CTR, as the newest member of the Livengrin FRAT Family. John has come aboard as the Treatment and Outreach Administrator for the First Responder Program. He has experience as a police officer, clinician, and outreach professional. John also possesses a personal understanding of substance abuse among first responders, having overcome addiction in his own life. John holds a B.S. in Behavioral Health Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Human Services. John is the Clinical Director of the Montgomery County (PA) Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and is certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) for individual and group interventions. John is a Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) and board member for the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS). He is also a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) and the National Police Suicide Foundation.
First Responders experience some of the most stressful and dangerous situations in modern life, yet society, and often their own peer groups, demand that they remain in control and suppress the fear and trauma that comes with their profession. Alcohol and other drugs are often used to cope with unresolved feelings and emotions. As the nation struggles with the Opioid Epidemic, First Responders are not immune. Given the physical dangers of being a First Responder, injuries are common. Taking prescription pain medication for legitimate pain can quickly lead to physical and psychological dependence. When control of their drinking or drug use slips away, seeking help often feels impossible for First Responders. Left hidden, their problem almost always gets worse. Since its inception, FRAT has treated over 1,400 First Responders. Our mission is to provide First Responders with an uncompromising Continuity of Care. Our services include:
- Forensic Assessment
- Detox Treatment with Medical Monitoring
- Inpatient Residential
- Partial Hospital Program
- Outpatient Programs
- FRAT Continuum of Aftercare
- Family & Couples Therapy
- Return to Work Services
- Spiritual Counseling
Additionally, our First Responder clients are provided:
- Peer Recovery Outreach
- Peer Support Focus Groups (3 x’s Week)
- Peer-Facilitated Big Book Study (1 x Week)
- Peer-Facilitated Step Meeting (1 x Week)
- Specialized Education (2 x Week)
- Community 12 Step Meetings (2 x Week)
- First Responder 12 Step Meeting (1 x Week)
The FRAT Program also offers Community Services that include Outreach and Speaker Services, PTSD and Critical Incident Evaluations, Consultations with Departments, EAP’s, Families and Coworkers. For the fifth year in a row, we have obtained a grant through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), to provide Substance Abuse Prevention Training for First Responders in Pennsylvania. To date, we have provided this training, at no cost, to over 19,000 First Responders. If your agency has interest in this training, please contact Dennis Hallion at 215-638-5200 (ext 1171).
If you, or someone you care about, is a First Responder in need of help, please contact us at 855-FRAT-HELP (855-372-8435), or you can reach John Becker Jr. at 215-833-1572.