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Drug and Alcohol Services FAQ

Treatment related FAQ’s:

How do I get an evaluation?

Individuals may contact any of our contracted treatment providers to obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation for outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, or our office directly for inpatient and any level of care.

How do I access treatment?
Individuals should contact our office or one of the providers listed and obtain an evaluation. We will help you access treatment at one of our network facilities. The SCA helps to provide drug and alcohol treatment funding and resources for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Dauphin County.

Our network of providers includes the following:

Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Services
3207 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
717-901-5652 (all evaluations are scheduled through this number)

White Deer Run Outpatient
2001 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

T.W. Ponessa
900 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Gaudenzia Outpatient
2039 N. 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104

PA Counseling Services
4918 Locust lane
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Naaman Center
4600 East Harrisburg Pike
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Naaman Center
295 State Drive
Elizabethville, PA 17023
888-243-4316 toll-free

For individuals seeking residential (inpatient) treatment, contact the office of Drug and Alcohol Services at 717-635-2254 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm). Please contact these above mentioned contracted providers after hours.

For detox services after hours, individuals should call or walk into Gaudenzia Common Ground at 2835 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110 at 717-238-5553.

We contract with numerous facilities including the ones mentioned above.

What types of treatment care is offered?

The levels of care are:
Intensive outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
Halfway House
Medically monitored detox
Medically monitored short term residential
Medically monitored long term residential
Medically managed detox
Medically managed inpatient residential
**Note: We also work with providers to coordinate medication assisted therapy.

Intervention/Support/Recovery FAQ’s:


How do I get a recovery coach?

Clients can obtain a recovery coach by calling the Miracle Group at 717-232-6170 or the RASE Project at 717-232-8535. The Miracle Group does recovery coaching in three phases. In phase one, clients will have face to face contact between one and five times a week with their recovery coach. In phase two they will have face to face contact between one and five times biweekly, and in phase three they will receive face to face contact monthly and two phone contacts weekly. Clients will also receive medication adherence, assistance in seeking healthcare, and engaging in self-care activities as needed. The RASE project provides recovery coordination services to clients in recovery as well as Recovery 101 and Life Skills classes.

How do I get a copy of a meeting schedule? Copies of the meeting schedules, (i.e. AA, NA, GA, etc.) can be obtained by calling Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services at 717-635-2254 and a schedule can be mailed. Another resource for schedules is the recovery resource helpline at 717-232-6170 through the Miracle Group to obtain a listing of meeting dates.

What are the 12 steps?
The 12 steps are used in the treatment of individuals Alcoholics Anonymous, AA and Narcotics Anonymous, NA addiction programs:
Step 1 - We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable
Step 2 - Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
Step 4 - Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
Step 5 - Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
Step 6 - Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
Step 7 - Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
Step 8 - Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
Step 9 - Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
Step 10 - Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
Step 11 - Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out
Step 12 - Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs

Where do I call for emergency help?

Calls can be made to Contact Helpline at 717-652-4400 or toll free at 1-800-932-4616 or to Gaudenzia Common Ground at 717-238-5553. They provide 24 hour listening, information, and referral services. Women with small children who have been identified as having drug and alcohol issues can be referred to the YWCA of greater Harrisburg at 717-234-7931. They provide case management and also emergency housing for up to 30 days. Another place women with small children can call for shelter care is the Shalom House at 717-232-3482. They provide emergency shelter for up to 30 days for women and children. Clients can also call Dauphin County Crisis Intervention for emergency help at 717-232-7511. In an emergency, individuals can go to their local emergency room.

Prevention Related FAQ’s:


How do I get a speaker to come out to talk to my youth group?

An individual can call the Department of Drug and Alcohol Services at 717-635-2254 and request a speaker for your event. The Prevention Supervisor will collect pertinent information from you and we will tailor an appropriate presentation for your event needs.

What is the resource center and how do I access it?

The resource center is an area in the Department of Drug and Alcohol Services where we stock printed, electronic and audio visual materials for community members, schools, organizations, etc. Our resource center consists of information that focuses on issues such as drug, alcohol, tobacco, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, gambling, life skills, etc. An individual can access the resource center by calling the office at 717-635-2254 and setting up an appointment. Use of the resource center is free of charge to anyone who lives or works in Dauphin County.

What community trainings are offered?

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Services educates all ages on the prevention, intervention and treatment of drug and alcohol use/abuse, as well as gambling. We have developed a presentation for parents concerning adolescents’ drug use, current trends and how to identify risk factors for use. We also have worked with numerous community groups, schools and work environments on identifying risk factors, signs of use and how to help people that may be using drugs, alcohol or tobacco. We offer a free training academy, The Institute for Community Excellence and Education, ICEE. Please check this website for quarterly updated schedule of trainings.

What is FASD?

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a term that defines effects a baby may have due to a mother drinking while pregnant. The baby can have physical, mental and psychological problems that occur throughout their life. Women who are or may be pregnant should not drink alcohol because there is no clear answer to when a baby develops the disorder. If a mother consumed alcohol during her pregnancy she should talk to her physician and the baby’s pediatrician as soon as possible. FASD is 100% preventable.

How do I get your office to set up an information booth at our health fair/community event?
An individual can call our office at 717-635-2254 to request staff to set up for an information booth at their event. Our prevention unit can provide printed pamphlets/brochures/activity books and audio visual materials from our resource center. This information on drugs, alcohol, tobacco, problem gambling,
bullying, etc. will be disseminated to community members free of charge. Prevention Specialists can also set up interactive activities for youth at events upon request.

What Prevention programs/groups are offered or sponsored by Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services?

Dauphin County has numerous evidenced based programs that both Prevention Specialists and providers can offer. The programs that are offered include On Applebee Pond, Botvin Life Skills, Project Alert, Strengthening Families, Positive Action, Stay on Track, Protecting Me/Protecting You, and Celebrating Families. We also offer Interrupted groups which is a program that was developed through our agency for middle and high school individuals that are at risk of using drugs, alcohol or tobacco. We also have a Too Much to Lose curriculum that focuses on gambling prevention efforts. If you have any questions about any of these programs, please call our office at 717-635-2254.​

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