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The February Recovery Luncheon at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) was accompanied by a Wellness Fair coordinated with the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene.
Representatives from 20 local organizations that offer mental health and substance use disorder services were present to greet visitors and share information.
In addition to County Mental Hygiene and the MHA, the other participating organizations were AMVETS, Brooks/TLC, Catholic Charities, CASAC (Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council), The Chautauqua Center, Chautauqua Opportunities, Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Compeer Chautauqua, Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, Evergreen Health, Family Service of Chautauqua County, HHUNY (Health Homes of Upstate New York), N.E.I.G.H.(National Educational Institute of Growth through Horses), Project Crossroads, Salvation Army Anew Center, The Resource Center, UPMC-Chemical Dependency, and VA of WNY Healthcare.
As part of the luncheon MHA Executive Director Steven Cobb recognized 23 participants who had graduated from or advanced a stage at treatment court or who reached full-time employment.
Cobb thanked the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene for their work on the Wellness Fair and noted that they were giving out winter hats and gloves.
A new anger management group begins Tuesday, March 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; attendees need to participate in the full 13 weeks to receive a certificate. A faith-based 12-step We Believe group now meets at noon on Wednesdays. A yoga class will be starting on Wednesdays in March.
MHA Peer Specialist Sean Jones announced that beginning Friday, March 1, at 1 p.m., the MHA will have a MARS Project group. Medication-Assisted Recovery Services is a program that began at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
MHA Program Manager Mike Nordin announced a new CRAFT group that meets on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Presented in collaboration with UPMC Chautauqua, Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) teaches family and friends effective strategies for helping their loved one to change and
for feeling better themselves. Nordin also thanked Jamestown Community College for donating the tables for the Wellness Fair.
A hearty meal was prepared and served by members of Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Carolyn Stow identified those involved as Allen and Debbie Gray, Donna Becker, Aimee Mattson, Ellen Maternowski, and Lily, Samantha, and Heidy Anderson.
The Mental Health Association is a peer recovery support center offering recovery coaching, peer support services, peer support groups, advocacy, veterans support, employment and job support, trainings, and family support. The MHA provides linkages to mental health and substance use treatment, primary care doctors, health and human services, and is available to assist adult individuals in identifying community resources for healthier living.
Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in at Door 14 in the rear of the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street, Jamestown. Hours are Monday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To learn more about the MHA, call (716) 661-9044 or visit MHAChautauqua.org or facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.