Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Reading Hospital Trauma Center

The Trauma Center at Reading Hospital is the first and only trauma center located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. We are accredited as a Level I Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation (PTSF)  and are a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) Trauma Network.


Upcoming Programs & Events

Brain Injury Support Group

Third Wednesday every month • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Brain Injury Support Group at The Reading Hospital for Post-Acute Rehabilitation is designed to offer support not only to survivors of a brain injury, but to their family and friends. The support group is focused on providing education, emotional support, and opportunities for socialization and peer support. Learn more

Amputee Support Group

Third Thursday of every month • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Those who have experienced an amputation, or friends and family of someone who has experienced an amputation, are encouraged to join our Amputee Support Group. Our guest speakers provide education on various topics. This group offers socialization and support for patients, former patients, and the community. Learn more

NextSteps Online NOW ENROLLING SUMMER 2019 SESSION!!

6/26/2019 • 7:00 pm EST

NextSteps is an interactive program to help you manage your life after a serious injury. It will help you explore the ways your life has changed and how you can move forward. NextSteps recognizes that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. It will help you take control of your situation and become more active in your recovery.In NextSteps, you will work through a series of lessons and have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others who are facing similar challenges. You can do all of this, while working at your own pace and in your own surroundings. When you enroll in the program, you will become part of a class with other trauma survivors. Over six weeks, your class will work through two, 20-30 minute lessons each week. These lessons cover a variety of subjects related to recovery such as goal-setting, problem-solving, managing your emotional reactions, how trauma impacts your friends and family, and communicating with friends and professionals. You will also be part of a weekly online chat, led by a trained leader. In the chat you will have a chance to interact with other survivors, share your experiences, and learn from each other. NextSteps provides the opportunity for you to keep a private journal, which will be for you alone, where you can write down any thoughts and feelings you may experience as you work through this program. There are also community forums, where you can connect with your classmates and people in other classes. Finally, you will have access to a NextSteps Coordinator, by telephone, for any problems you encounter with the course. Learn more

Aphasia Support Group

Second Tuesday of every month • 3 to 4:30 pm

The Aphasia Support Group is designed to help people living with aphasia. Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects the brain's ability to use and understand language. Aphasia can interfere with your use of verbal and/or written communication. This group may also be beneficial for family members and friends coping with the ongoing challenges encountered when living with someone who has aphasia. The group sessions will include educational information, guest speakers, and opportunities for social interaction. Learn more

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

4th Thursday of each month • 4:30-5:30 pm

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Community Resources

Safe Berks

http://www.safeberks.org/

Safe Berks provides a safe haven and on-going support system for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our advocacy and education programs increase awareness and promote the prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault, and all forms of oppression. Hotline/Crisis Services Hotline number is available 24 hours a day in English & Spanish Estamos aquí para ayudarte Línea gratuita de 24 horas. Ayuda disponible en inglés y español. 1-844-789-SAFE (7233) or Text SAFE BERKS to 20121 We can help you obtain: Emergency shelter from an abusive situation Counseling, one-on-one for both adults and children Information and legal support about domestic and sexual violence Todos nuestros servicios se ofrecen sin cargo, son estrictamente confidenciales y están disponibles en inglés y español

RUOK Berks

http://www.ruokberks.com/

Our organizational goal is to eliminate suicide as well as working to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Berks County. If you need immediate assistance call 1-877-236-4600 or 610-236-0530 Text ruOK to 484-816-ruOK (7865)

Berks County Area Agency on Aging

http://www.co.berks.pa.us/aging

The mission of the Berks County Area Agency on Aging is to provide services, based on need, to all older Berks County residents and those with disabilities; empowering self-determination; advocating for their rights; and promoting the highest possible level of independence.

Council on Chemical Abuse

http://www.councilonchemicalabuse.org/

Provides prevention and intervention programs that prevent the onset of illegal alcohol, tobacco and drug use and treatment services that promote recovery from addiction to all substances. Need Immediate Help? Call the Reading Hospital 24-Hour Addiction Hotline at (484) 628-8186 or Treatment Access and Services Center (TASC) at (610) 375-4426. Los recursos en español

National Center for PTSD

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/index.asp

If you have gone through trauma or know someone who has, this section is for you.

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National Center for PTSD Páginas en Español

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/spanish/index.asp

Aquí encontrará enlaces hacia hojas de información que le ayudarán a comprender de qué manera un trauma o eventos potencialmente mortales afectan a individuos y familias. La información explica las reacciones comunes al trauma, trastorno por estrés postraumático (TEPT), y las vías de ayuda para usted mismo y sus personas queridas.

PTSD Coach Online

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/index.asp

Tools that provide you with information on what to expect following a traumatic event and how to manage stress reactions. Most people experience some stress reactions following a trauma, such as nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling detached. This information can help you learn how to cope.

Amputee Coalition

https://www.amputee-coalition.org/about-us/mission-goals/

The Amputee Coalition works to raise awareness about and increase practices to prevent limb loss. No Amputee Alone Program: The Amputee Coalition works to ensure that no amputee feels alone through pre- and post amputation and recovery. Living Well With Limb Loss Program: The Amputee Coalition works to help amputees and their family live life to the fullest after amputation.

Abilities in Motion

http://www.abilitiesinmotion.org/

AIM is dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities – to improve mobility, to improve access, to improve inclusion, and to improve quality of life. 888-376-0120 • info@abilitiesinmotion.org

Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania

https://biapa.org/

Brain Injury Resource Line BIAPA’s Brain Injury Resource Line (BIRL) is staffed by volunteers who are able to provide information about resources that may be of help to people with brain injury or their family. Call us at 1-800-444-6443.

BrainSTEPS

https://biapa.org/school-re-entry-4/

After sustaining a brain injury, many students return to school with lingering effects that impact classroom performance. The BrainSTEPS School Re-Entry Program is designed to consult with school teams and families in the development and delivery of educational services for students who have experienced any type of acquired brain injury.

Pennsylvania Head Injury Program (HIP)

http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/E-H/Pages/Head-Injury.aspx#.WvHqBoanGUk

The goal of the program is to help individuals with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) live independently in their homes and communities. Services provided by the program, through a contracted provider, include: Pre-enrollment assistance Pre-admission assessment Service plan development Rehabilitation Case management

Tri-State Advocacy Project

http://www.tristateadvocacy.com/about-us/

We are advocates who have personally faced the challenges of having a family member with a catastrophic injury and our goal is to help navigate you through this process. All of the services provided by The Tri-State Advocacy Project are FREE of charge. 1.877.774.6380

United Spinal Association

https://unitedspinal.org/

United Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with a spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D).The Spinal Network Support Groups provide peer to peer support for individuals, friends and family members.

Service Access and Management

http://www.sam-inc.org/Services/mental-health-crisis-intervention-and-emergency-services.html

Service Access and Management, Inc. provides Crisis Intervention for Berks County. Anyone in Berks County, residents or visitors, can call the contact information listed and talk to someone who can help.If you have been experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, or if you don't know what to do or who to turn to, SAM can help! Please call! BERKS COUNTY Toll Free (877) 236-4600 Text ruOK to 484-816-ruOK (7865) Crisis Intervention and Emergency Services can be reached 24 hours a day by calling the numbers above and asking to speak with a Crisis worker.

madd Victim Assistance

https://www.madd.org/get-help/victim-assistance/

Long after the crash, survivors, family and friends continue to feel the impact. MADD Victim Services is here to provide you with emotional support but also assistance in a variety of ways after a drunk or drugged driving crash, all at no cost to victims and survivors. If you, or someone you love, has been the victim of a violent crime, you can contact a MADD Victim Advocate, 24 hours a day, at 1-877-MADD-HELP.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

https://www.nctsn.org/audiences/families-and-caregivers

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events.

Family Caregiver Alliance

https://www.caregiver.org/

A secure online service for information, support, and resources for family caregivers of adults with chronic physical or cognitive conditions. Caregiver Research FAST FACTS: The top three topics of concern to caregivers are: keeping their loved one safe (37%); managing their own stress (34%); finding easy activities to do with their care recipient (34%); and finding time for themselves.

American Chronic Pain Assoiciation

https://www.theacpa.org/

The information and tools on this site can help you to better understand your pain and work more effectively with your health care team toward a higher quality of life. ACPA mission: To facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain.

Berks County Directory for Homelessness and At-Risk Community Residents

https://bceh.org/

BCEH consists of over 60 agencies, businesses, and individuals all working toward preventing, reducing, and ending homelessness in Berks County.

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Centro Hispano

https://www.centrohispano.org/

INFORMACIÓN Y REFERIDO Durante más de cincuenta años, este programa ha proporcionado servicios de red de seguridad y referencias directas a agencias de servicios sociales que brindan asistencia y apoyo a las familias más necesitadas. El área de triaje del Centro Hispano que brinda apoyo directo a los servicios sociales. PROGRAMA DE INTERPRETACIÓN EN CITAS MÉDICAS Si usted es una persona mayor de 60 años de edaden la necesidad de interpretación del inglés al español para cualquier cita médica local, por favor llame al 610-685-1281 para más información sobre este programa gratuito.

Berks Counseling Center

https://berkscounselingcenter.org/

Our services provide the needed care to individuals, children and adolescents, pregnant and parenting teens, and families all whose lives are affected by mental illness and addiction. Need help? Call 610-373-4281 ¿Necesitas ayuda? Llame al 610-373-4281

Berks County Veterans Affairs

http://berks.pacounties.org/Dept/VA/Pages/default.aspx

Provides assistance with services pertaining to claims for the veterans of Berks County and their dependent widows/widowers and orphans in the most expeditious and accountable manner we can. These benefits include those provided by federal, state, and local governments. Phone: (610) 378-5601 (At any time, press 0 to speak with an available Veterans Service Officer)

Threshold Rehabilitation Services

https://www.trsinc.org/about-threshold-rehabilitation-services#

The Mission of Threshold is to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities and the economically disadvantaged by providing opportunities to achieve total integration into their community through vocational rehabilitation, employment, and residential services.

T.A.S.C. (Treatment Access & Services Center, Inc.)

http://berkstasc.org/wp/

TASC provides walk-in drug and alcohol clinical assessments to individuals who do not possess private health insurance, or who are publicly funded through Medicaid. Following the clinical assessment, TASC secures funding and placement in the appropriate level of care, namely, detoxification, outpatient, or residential treatment. No appointment needed. Call 610-375-4426

Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888

The Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance

https://www.grmha.org/services

If you need help or assistance learning about mental health services in our community, call 610-775-3000

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