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History of The Council

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., located in Doylestown, PA has been in operation formally since September 15, 1975.  This community based Council identified its purpose as one of primary prevention through the mobilization of concerned citizens to effect changes in attitudes toward the disease of alcoholism.  The Council evolved from the community to meet a desperate need within the community. 

A study group consisting of Denver Lindley, Jr., Samuel W. Carnwath, Thomas E. Colgan, Christine Jones, Richard I. Moore, Esq., and Don Whitney was formed in November 1974, and by January 1975 the members unanimously decided to incorporate as the Bucks County Council on Alcoholism.  Application for affiliation was made at this time to The National Council on Alcoholism.  The NCA represented everything that The Council hoped to achieve and was the most prestigious voluntary organization devoted to alcoholism education and prevention that existed nationwide. 

A charter was granted to The Council in March 1975 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a voluntary non-profit health agency.  The County Commissioners agreed to lease to The Council its first meeting place in the office of then Commissioner Denver Lindley, Jr. for $1.00 per year.  Six months later, initial funding was granted to The Council by the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and in 1977 the United Way of Bucks County accepted The Council as a member participating agency.

Formal activities began at an office on the second floor of Republican Headquarters at 115 North Broad Street and continued there until February 1981 when larger quarters were required to accommodate the expansion of programs and staff.  The Council then moved to 120 Green Street and conducted its operations there until December 1985 when it again moved, this time to the Bucks County Bank Center at Routes 611 & 313.  In December 1988, a move was made to our present facility located at 4459 West Swamp Road in Doylestown, PA. 

The Council started with a staff of two and has grown to over 50 full and part time staff, 20 private contractors and supported by many volunteers.  Today, The Council is one of the most vital alcohol and other drug prevention and intervention agencies in the County, offering information through it's Alcohol and Drug Information Line Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, public education through workshops and community programs, intervention and education programs for juveniles in trouble with the law and adults arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence), family education and intervention, student assistance, and recovery support services. 

The Council serves the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia and operates three recovery community centers: the Women’s Recovery Community Center, the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center, and the Southern Bucks Recovery Community Center.  The Council provides a wide range of services to families, schools, businesses, individuals and the community at large, regardless of ability to pay, ethnicity, race, gender, age and/or sexual orientation. 

The primary purpose of The Council is to provide resources and opportunities to reduce the impact of addiction, trauma, and other related health issues.  We accomplish this through prevention, consultation, education, advocacy, assessment, intervention, and recovery support services. 

In July 2010, The Council updated its name to more accurately reflect the scope of the people we serve: The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. 

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