MTPD Creates Challenge Coins to Combat Addiction! Unique Referrals for Mental Health and Recovery Services!

In early 2021, the Manheim Township Police Department conducted its annual in-service training for all of its sworn and civilian staff.  One of the key aspects of that training was mental health and addiction / recovery awareness.  The Center For Addiction and Recovery at Saint Joseph University was chosen as the provider for that training, who sent director Steven Forzato to be the instructor.  Employees received 4 hours of instruction, which discussed Understanding Addiction, Understanding Trauma, Impact of Stigma, Overview of Prevention and Intervention, Understanding Treatment.

It was during a supervisor workshop, funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, when Manheim Township Police Sergeant Randy Nolt asked "What more can we do for people who think about professional treatment but are not quite ready?"  At that moment the idea of a challenge coin was born.  Instead of having business cards or informational pamphlets which officers could provide on calls, a unique metal challenge coin (shown herein) was created to issue to those who inquire about mental health or addiction / recovery services.

“The Center for Addiction and Recovery Education (CARE) at Saint Joseph's University is proud to have trained Manheim Township Police on how to more effectively engage persons struggling with substance use disorder," said Steve Forzato, director of CARE.  “CARE’s strategic partners, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, were consulted who suggested how best to motivationally engage persons to seek help.  The inspiring words on the coin were the result.”

Chief Rudzinski noted, "our officers recognize the need for mental health and addiction and recovery services for our citizens.  We are also proud to be leaders in the promotion of this program and know the unique challenge coins will successfully promote its usage."

The challenge coins were put into service on December 15th, 2021.

MEDIA POST CONTACT: Lieutenant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130,