Hope & Healing for Chautauqua: Community Events Centered on Addiction Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery


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The Hope & Healing for Chautauqua Committee, a diverse group of community partners, has been working together to plan a series of local events to promote hope, highlight resources, and strengthen substance abuse efforts in Chautauqua County. The planning committee includes representatives of Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), HOPE Chautauqua Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA), Evergreen Health, Chautauqua Tapestry, the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, local faith leaders, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and other dedicated community members. The events will highlight National Prevention Week, May 14-20. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2017 is “Making Each Day Count.”

The series of events begins on Tuesday, May 16 with Hope & Healing for Chautauqua. Hope & Healing for Chautauqua, a day-long event, will include presentations, special local guest speakers, and addiction and help resources for the community. It is free and open to the community. The event will be held at the Chautauqua Suites in Mayville. It will feature keynote speaker Rodney Wambeam, Senior Research Scientist at the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center of the University of Wyoming. He will present “Boomers, Xers and Millennials: How New Research on Generations can inform the Future of Prevention.”

Level Up Talks are a new element in the form of micro presentations about Prevention, Treatment & Recovery concepts with the potential to “level up” hope and healing in Chautauqua County. Breakout sessions will complete the day with HOPE Youth Empowerment Program for Youth Advocacy lead by Laurie Reynolds and Tracy Jespersen of Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council, Planning and Evaluating Environmental Prevention Efforts lead by Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D., Success in Treatment and Recovery with Lifestyle Changes lead by Dr. Davina Moss-King, and Peer Specialists & Peer Recovery Supports lead by Kia Briggs, Mental Health Association and Pastor Leecroft Clarke of Addiction Response Ministry. Information and resource tables will be available throughout the day. This event is open to the public and there is no charge to participate. Additionally, NYS OASAS Credential Hours for CPP/CPS & CASAC will be available.

Other HOPE & HEALING events include:

Addiction Epidemic: Hope & Healing for Chautauqua Overview will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 601 Washington Ave., Dunkirk on Wednesday, May 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event includes prevention, treatment, and recovery resource presentations followed by an Opioid Overdose Response/Narcan Training at 4:00 p.m. lead by Alison Espin of the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.

HOPE & HEALING UCAN Chapel will be held on Friday, May 19 12:30 p.m. at the UCAN City Mission, 7 W. First St. Jamestown, NY. The chapel will be a time of praise and prayer, with a message on hope.

A Drug Awareness and Prevention Service will be held on Wednesday, May 24 6:00 p.m. at Healing Word Ministries Church of God, 1006 W. 3rd St. Jamestown, NY. This will be a special service with local speakers and testimonies of prayer and hope.

Building a Brighter Community with Chautauqua Bright Spots will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the YWCA Auditorium, Jamestown, NY. This educational event for community members and existing Chautauqua Bright Spots will allow for further connections with local mental health, suicide prevention, and substance abuse help resources to foster hope & healing in Chautauqua County.

safeTALK (Suicide Alertness For Everyone) Tuesday, May 30 2:00–5:00 p.m. at CASAC, 501 West Third St., Jamestown, NY

A training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.
The Hope & Healing for Chautauqua event, registration information and additional details for each of the events will be available on the HOPE Chautauqua Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/hopechautauqua/ You can also register by sending your name, agency/affiliation, email and phone number to julie@casacweb.org or calling 664-3608. The deadline for registration, that would include lunch provided with support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, is May 1st.