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FM #274 SAFE Coalition - Their Story 5/13/20

Updated about 1 month ago.

FM #274 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 274 in the series.

This session shares my conversation with Jim Derick and Jennifer Levine of the SAFE Coalition. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We walked through the development of the Coalition from the first meeting at FHS through to the evolution to where they are now, with a facility in Norfolk and Jen in the role of Executive Director. From what was truly a ‘coalition’ of stakeholders volunteering and making things happen to the newly evolved Board and Executive Director non-profit format to better accomplish their service delivery. And they are continuing to adjust during this pandemic.

Among the topics covered:
- Recovery is a journey
- Vaping and addiction cessation
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- FHS high school peer-to-peer group
- Newsletter monthly
- Fundraising begins in earnest to support the new delivery model

The recording runs about 42 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jim and Jen

Local Resources:
​SAFE Coalition,, Franklin, 508-488-8105
​Turning Point Recovery Center, Walpole (508) 668-3960
​Wayside Youth and Family Support,, Milford, 508-478-6888
​Riverside Community Care,, Milford, 800-294-4665
National Resources:
​ ​​This resource highlights support programs online nationwide

Lean 2 Cope parent peer-to-peer support

Road 2 Recovery - 12 step meeting for parents and loved ones contact Jim Derick or

Franklin Public Schools Substance Abuse Taskforce

SAFE Coalition supports:
Peer to Peer mentorship
Peer to Peer parent mentorship
Zoom Group Programming:
​Mondays: Learn2Cope
​Wednesdays: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
​Wednesdays: 12 Step for Parents of those with children who are living with an addiction
​Saturdays: Parents general support group
Grief Counselor
Section 35 aid
Narcan Training
Narcan Dispensing
Medication Disposal
Vaping education program in partnership with Stanford University
Direct clinical counseling in partnership with Wayside Youth and Family Support Systems
Referrals to all levels of substance use and mental health treatment
One on One care planning
Public and Private Consulting
Support Line: 508-488-8105

*All services are free of charge. Donations accepted.

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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

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