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Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County
The monthly Recovery Luncheons at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) are an opportunity both to recognize progress for participants and to share important news.
At the March luncheon Associate Director Steven Cobb announced the names of 28 people who received awards for their recent achievements. Six people were recognized for successfully completing Jamestown treatment court, eight for advancing stages on treatment court, six for gaining employment, and eight for other recovery milestones.
Cobb also said that the first presentation of the Coffee House initiated by Jamestown Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program interns was a great success. All are invited when it convenes again on Wednesday evenings, 6-7 p.m., April 5 and 19.
MHA is sponsoring the final game of the Jamestown Jackals at Jamestown Community College. The Jackals is an area basketball team that was created to help inspire hope in others.
Community Helping Hands is holding a Treasured Gems women’s makeover event on Saturday, April 29. Taking place 2-7 p.m. at the Gateway Center and sponsored by Praise Fellowship in Russell, Pennsylvania, the full makeover will provide hair styling, manicure, pedicure, new dress and shoes.
MHA Certified Peer Recovery Coach Jennifer Huber applauded UCAN – United Christian Advocacy Network — for their diligence in continuing to present the monthly recovery luncheons even as they are working to reopen the Jamestown Union Gospel Mission.
As an MHA board member and Syringe Exchange Program Coordinator for Evergreen Health Services located at the MHA, Ian Eastman announced that the Center for Disease Control has determined that substance overdose is the number one cause of accidental death. He cautioned that just as the body develops a tolerance for drugs and requires more, that tolerance can also be lost rapidly when a person is in recovery or jail, leading to an increased risk of overdose in the case of relapse.
Jim Quattrone from UCAN announced “Iron Sharpens Iron,” the all-day men’s conference that works on developing leadership skills in a Christian environment. MHA will provide tickets and transportation for those interested in participating in the Saturday, April 8, event in Orchard Park, New York.
The delicious meal was prepared by UCAN and served by Karrie Olmstead from the MHA, Jan Ball from COMPEER, Charlie Hodges and Jim Quattrone from UCAN, and MHA participant Joe Cohen.
The MHA is staffed by certified peer specialists that provide recovery coaching. They work in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, and especially the Jamestown City Treatment Court to help participants be successful in attaining their goals.
Over two dozen peer support groups meet weekly at the Mental Health Association, where participants can talk with others across a wide range of concerns, from PTSD to parenting and much more. All MHA services and programs are offered free of charge.
The Mental Health Association is located in the Gateway Center, 31 Water Street, Door #14, Jamestown, New York. To learn more about the MHA and its many programs, call (716) 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.