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 Nancy Tuchfeld, a local housewife, Frank Moore, a physician and Sam Bergel, a local business man. Together, they decided to hire a recovering alcoholic, Robert Aspell, as the first Executive Director of the council. 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.