Thursday, September 30, 2010

Spirituality Group Now Offered in Newark and Wilmington

BCCS now offers a weekly Spirituality Group at two of our locations: Fridays 11:30-12:45 at the Alpha Center, and Tuesdays 6-7 PM at the Newark Center. The groups are open to any Brandywine client.

Our focus is on spiritual principles that bring healing when applied. We keep recovery on track through daily time with God in prayer, reading, and meditating on the word and in fellowship.

Topics we explore include: Forgiveness, Life Is A Short Assignment, Healing Choices, Honor Your Parents, Getting Help, Letting Go, House Cleaning, Renewing of the Mind, Relationship Choice, and Identity.

Disclaimer: The group is voluntary and the Life Recovery Bible is our main text. Welcome.

At the end of each session, participants are given three assignments: To pray about everything they've heard; to write down how they connected with the topic; and to share it with somebody.

This group has proven very popular at the Alpha Center since it began earlier this year. We are now adding a second group at Newark to meet the demand.

For more information, please call Kefa Obara or Tanyel Johnson at (302) 472-0381.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Anchor Program to Host Open House October 18

Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, Inc. (BCCS), continuing along in our new name, look and direction, will host an open house to celebrate the launch of the Anchor Program, a mental health initiative for adults suffering from mental illness or mental illness coupled with substance abuse or dependency issues. We invite you to stop in Monday, October 18, 2010 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Anchor Program, 2500 West 4th Street, Suite 1 in Wilmington.

“We are excited with the introduction of the Anchor Program,” said Dr. Lynn Fahey, CEO of BCCS. “It will speak to the growing and complex behavioral health concerns of our community, particularly of those who don’t know where to go or recognize that they are struggling with issues, but are unsure how to move forward.”

The Anchor Program offers counseling and treatment for mental health concerns such as but not limited to, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, and eating disorders. Short term and group counseling are also offered. Program Director Denise Hartrick holds distinctions as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate, and Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University.

Official hours of operation for the Anchor Program are Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of insurance providers, including Medicaid, are accepted. Download a flyer here. For more information or to make an appointment, call (302) 472-0381.

Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, Inc. is a community organization that provides holistic care to persons and their families living with addiction, mental health, and HIV-related challenges. BCCS is Delaware’s largest provider of addiction services, serving over 2,000 clients age 18 and over at seven locations statewide. For more information, please visit

Thursday, September 23, 2010

AIDS Walk Delaware Is This Sunday Sept. 26

The 2010 Delaware AIDS Walk takes place this Sunday, September 26 at Rockford Park in Wilmington. There's still time to make your contribution and support our own Team NSAFE!

The funds we raise go directly to assist the funding for the Thanksgiving turkeys and meals we provide to BCCS clients. Donate online through our fundraising page, or register to walk.

For more information, contact Edna Maldonado or Christine Czajkowski at 656-2348.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DWI Consequences as Seen Through Driver's Status Updates

This is an amazing video that follows a young partygoer from happy hour to a DWI charge and all its consequences. The story is advanced entirely through status updates on social media. At the end, we see it all could be avoided by designating a driver. What better educational tool to reach the under 25 age group?

The video is by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Thanks to Osocio for the tip.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Support BCCS in the 2010 United Way Campaign

United Way’s 2010 campaign has kicked off. Our goal in Delaware this year is to raise $21 million for our state's human service needs. When you make a pledge to the campaign, you support the services provided by BCCS and other member agencies.

When you donate to United Way, you make a difference for your fellow Delawareans. If you choose to designate to BCCS, your impact will be felt by your neighbors who are affected by behavioral health challenges.

By helping members of our community recover from mental illness and substance abuse, while also focusing on improving their physical health, you will make many good things possible. Thanks to you, they will have a chance to restore themselves and give back to a society that gave to them.

We encourage you to be generous in supporting the campaign. There is no wrong way to give, whether your donation is large or small, whether you designate it to one agency or spread it around to many. We also know in this economy, it's not easy to be charitable, but it makes a difference for those in need.

Your workplace probably runs a United Way campaign. If it doesn't, it’s easy to start. Contact United Way at (302) 573-3700 and they will set you up with everything you need. You can request guest speakers from member agencies for your campaign rally.

At BCCS, we educate, we advocate, we prevent, and we treat. Your contribution ensures we can continue to do that, and to restore lives. Thank you very much for your support.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Photos from Client Appreciation Day

It was a day of food, music, and family fun at the Outreach Center!

View photo album

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims - September 22

The Delaware Victims’ Rights Task Force will host a Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims in the state of Delaware, September 22nd, 2010.

The location is the Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N. Dupont Street, Wilmington DE 19806.

Doors open at 6:00 PM,
Event Starts at 7:00 PM

We would like to come together to honor those who have lost their lives to violence. We invite family and loved ones to be a part of this event by decorating memorial bags, posting writings and artwork on the memorial wall, adding a photo to the memorial video played at the event. To receive a bag ahead of time to decorate, or to provide a photo for the video please contact the VRTF below. Bags and wall space will be available the night of the event.

For more information:
Visit the website:
Call: The Delaware Department of Justice at 1-800-870-1790

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Anger Management Classes in English and Spanish

BCCS now offers our One Day Anger Management Class in both English and Spanish.

Gain the skills needed to better understand your anger, and to effectively manage and cope with intense emotions. This is a one day, eight hour class that meets court ordered requirements. It starts promptly at 8 am and will end at 4:30pm. It is open to any Brandywine client as well as the public.

Classes are offered the first Friday and Saturday of every month. The next sessions are October 1 and October 2. Classes are held at the BCCS Lancaster Avenue Center, and the cost is $150.

To register, please call 656-2348 x 625. For more details, please visit