Bensalem Community Response Unit
The Bensalem Community Response Unit (BCRU) is a specialized response to overdoses and other substance-related emergencies that occur in Bensalem and is activated by a 911 call. It is a collaboration between the Bensalem Police Department, Bensalem Emergency Medical Services, Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Family Service Association of Bucks County and Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
The BCRU team consists of a Paramedic or EMT and a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) who respond to substance-related 911 calls in a specially equipped vehicle. CRSs are individuals in long-term recovery who have taken training to become certified. The CRS draws from his or her lived experience and knowledge of resources to provide recovery support, education, resources and treatment options. The goal is to make a direct connection from the community or hospital emergency department to drug and alcohol treatment, once the person is medically stable. Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and for alcohol use disorder will be presented as treatment options. If the individual is not yet ready for direct treatment, harm reduction methods will be discussed and Narcan will be made available. The team will follow up in the community and by phone for up to 90 days to ensure the individual's needs are met.
ContactFor additional information, please call 215-245-4300 x117 (office), 215-316-0075 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that BCRU is not a 24/7 service, so response to phone or email may not be immediate. For emergencies or overdoses, please call 911.