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  • Help for First Responders

Addiction Treatment Center for First Responders

The First Responders Addiction Treatment (FRAT) program at Livengrin, founded in 2011, is a unique specialty program that is run by First Responders for First Responders: law enforcement, fire, EMS, corrections, and military personnel (veterans, reservists, active duty). Since its inception, FRAT has treated over 1,000 First Responders and military veterans on our private 44-acre campus.

Addiction to alcohol and drugs can strike regardless of age, sex, economic circumstance, cultural background, genetic history, or environment. Yet, we have a cultural expectation that certain people will be clean, sober, and in control. This is particularly true for those who serve: law enforcement, fire service, and other public safety professionals.

The FRAT Team Brings:

  • 265 Years of Service
  • 175 Years of Recovery
  • 75 Years of Clinical Care

Seeking Help

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. When control of their drinking or drug use slips away, seeking help often feels impossible. Left hidden, their problem almost always gets worse.

The First Responders Addiction Treatment Program treats alcoholism and other dependencies, as well as trauma and PTSD. All FRAT peer specialists and management have worked extensively themselves in public safety and understand the unique challenges their fellow officers face. Whether you are active-duty or retired, FRAT can help.

FRAT helps first responders return to a sober life. You can conquer addiction and return to your family and community as a respected professional with this treatment program that serves the particular needs of first responders and combat veterans.

Program Overview

  • Run by first responders who understand the unique challenges of your career
  • Peer assistance program for mentorship and guidance
  • All one-on-one and group counseling with other FRAT members only in a private, confidential dedicated treatment building
  • Attendance at offsite 12-step meetings
  • Drug and alcohol rehab for first responders and combat veterans
  • Work with Union and Department EAP’s to facilitate return to work as clinically appropriate.

FRAT Team

Jim Nestor was a Senior Executive for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and Command Staff member of the New Jersey State Police; he developed a national model program for statewide First Responder Disaster Trauma Support. Jim has 22 years of service for the State of New Jersey’s Department of Law and Public Safety’s Office of Employee and Organization Development. He has experience providing oversight for more than $6 million of grant projects. Jim is the Program Administrator of Livengrin Foundation’s First Responder Addiction Treatment Program and has over 35 years of experience in police work and public safety. Jim served for a decade in the transit police agencies of Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey and he also served for two years in the US Army Military Police. Jim is a licensed addiction counselor (LCADC), a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Certified Public Manager and Police Instructor and Adjunct Professor at St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, PA.

John Becker Jr. 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. He is the Treatment & Outreach Administrator for the First Responder Addiction Treatment (FRAT) program at the Livengrin Foundation. 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 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. John continues to provide training and education to agencies and organizations throughout the United States, on topics such as stress, trauma, suicide, and addiction, as they relate to first responders.

Andy Callaghan is the FRAT Program Director and he is an active duty Philadelphia Police Sergeant with 25 years of experience in police work and peer assistance. Andy is assigned to the FBI Joint Task Force for Narcotics Investigations.  He is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a Certified Crisis Intervener. Andy is also the Director of the Law Enforcement Peer Support Network in Philadelphia, which is a lifeline for thousands of local police officers and first responders. Andy is a skilled speaker and recently presented at the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s Annual Conference in Harrisburg, PA on the specialty population of First Responders in addiction treatment.  In 2011 Andy founded the First Responder Addiction Treatment Program at Livengrin Foundation.

Michael Yaeger is a retired Battalion Chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department with 40+ years of service and continues to provide peer support to the Philadelphia City Fire Department. He assisted in developing the Philadelphia Fire Department Suicide Prevention Program.   Mike is also committed to helping any and all first responders in need of addiction help.

Dennis Hallion retired from the New Jersey State Police with 31 years of law enforcement experience as a criminal investigations detective. For eight years, he was the President of the Non-Commissioned Officers (Sergeants) Union for the New Jersey State Police and was Chairman of the National Troopers Coalition. He continued his work in labor as Executive Director of the National Troopers Coalition for four more years. He graduated from the West Point Command and Leadership Program in 1998. He was Past Executive Board member of the New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. Was a participating officer of the Executive Board of the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund, and worked on the Fundraising Advisory Committee and the Names Committee. Dennis was a Past Trustee of the New York State Police Signal 30 Troopers’ Benefit Program. He contributed as a Panel member of the National Association of Police Organizations “Top Cops Awards Program”. Dennis now works to help officers in need of recovery from addiction as a peer counselor with the FRAT (First Responders Addiction Treatment) program at Livengrin Foundation in Bensalem, PA. He also is the Grant Manager for the Substance Abuse Prevention training for First Responders program funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency that has coordinated the training of over 22,000 First Responders for the last five years, having travelled nationally and spoken in front of thousands of First Responder agencies and departments. He has a Certification as a Family Recovery Specialist through continued education at Penn State University, and is a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. He is pursuing his Certification as a Recovery Specialist also through Penn State.

George Yaeger is a retired Deputy Chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department. A third generation firefighter, George served in several staff units in addition to serving at every rank in various field firefighting units. George has also done extensive work with the Departmental EAP and was responsible for implementing several wellness programs during his thirty five year career. He is currently working with FRAT and is pursuing educational opportunities in the recovery field.

Tom Sylvester is a retired firefighter for the city of Philadelphia Fire Department with thirty three years of dedicated service.  Tom has worked in fire rescue and an engine and ladder company during his career.  Tom has been involved with the Fire Department’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) stressing peer support and substance abuse prevention for first responders.  He is committed in helping any first responders with issues involving drug or alcohol abuse.

Current Schedule

FRAT Support Groups
Sunday: 10:00AM-12:00PM
Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00PM-8:00PM

FRAT Big Book Study
Monday: 6:00PM-8:00PM

FRAT Inpatient Education Groups
Wednesday: 12:45PM-2:00PM
Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00PM-3:00PM

Inpatient Group Therapy
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:30AM-12:00PM

Outpatient Group Therapy
Monday: 6:30PM-8:00PM
Wednesday: 11:00AA-12:30PM

  • Experience All Livengrin clinicians possess a master’s degree or higher level of training.
  • People Like You Created and facilitated by active-duty and retired First Responders.
  • History Livengrin FRAT is one of the oldest first responders programs in the country.

Substance Abuse Prevention Training

The Livengrin FRAT team is also recognized as the most experienced First Responder addiction training team in the northeast U.S. We routinely conduct first responder and support staff training prevention, education, and how to recognize signs for early intervention. These important classes are all taught by first responders and are excellent ways to help lessen the stigma or shame in asking for help. Trainings are inexpensive and may be covered by grant funding in many cases and are a great investment for your department.

Click here to start prevention training for first responders today.

Options subject to assessment and availability.

For more information on the First Responders Addiction Treatment Program, contact admissions at 800-245-4746 or email frat@livengrin.org

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