Phone: 731-423-3653
After-hours: 731-343-1800

About Us

About Us


JACOA was chartered in the summer of 1964 as The Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism by three local citizens who saw the growing need for substance abuse treatment in the community. The founders were a housewife (Nancy Tuchfeld), a physician (Frank Moore) and a local business man (Sam Bergel) whose first collective act was to hire a recovering alcoholic, Robert Aspell, as the first Executive Director. The charter was amended in 1970 to add the descriptive words “And Drug Dependency” to its official name. In the  1980’s   JACOA moved to its present location on East Chester Street and began to offer residential treatment for men and women. At the present time JACOA has 106 beds in Treatment and Transitional services and continues to serve all the counties of West Tennessee.


  • Provides over 48,000 meals for clients and homeless annually
  • Provides inpatient treatment for 500 men & women annually
  • Provides prevention life skills education for at-risk youth using the Positive Action Evidenced Based Program
  • Provides education, screening & treatment for D.U.I. offenders using the Prime For Life Evidenced Based Program
  • Provides education & referral for underage offenders
  • Provides employment & pre-employment drug screening
  • Provides job placement & vocational rehabilitation services
  • Provides a 35 bed men’s transitional living facility
  • Provides a 7 bed women’s transitional facility
  • Provides housing for 12 homeless women
  • Provides housing for 12 homeless men
  • Provides preferential treatment for pregnant mothers and IV drug users
  • Provides intensive outpatient counseling services
  • Responds to over 3200 inquiries for services annually
  • Serves the whole family through weekly family group counseling