Jamestown Jackals at MHA Recovery Luncheon

L to R: MHA staff members Joseph Vaughn and Michael Nordin; Jackals players Austin Hamilton and DeAngelo Stewart; Kayla Crosby, president of Integrity First, owner of the team; player Jay Dupree-Gibson; Kaylee Shelters, MHA JCC Occupational Therapy Assistant intern; and, seated, MHA staff Justin Jimenez and Steven Cobb.

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Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County

Because celebrating positive milestones increases long term recovery, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) regularly holds “Recovery Luncheons” to help provide this positive reinforcement to those in substance use disorder and mental health recovery.

Last month’s recovery luncheon featured special guests from the Jamestown Jackals, Jamestown’s own professional basketball team. Players Jay Dupree-Gibson, Austin Hamilton, and DeAngelo Stewart were accompanied by Kayla Crosby, president of Integrity First, owner of the team. They talked about their team and their season and visited with participants.

As part of the luncheon MHA Executive Director Steven Cobb recognized eight participants for completing treatment court, 12 people for advancing on treatment court, and six for gaining employment.

Cobb announced that a new LGBTQ group will be meeting on Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., beginning May 7. This wellness group will focus on sharing resources, stories, and strengthening acceptance. It will be led by MHA Coach Sheridan Smith.

A delicious meal was prepared and served by members of the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown. Those who made this possible were Pastor Bob Hagel, Lucy Miller, Dick Gould, and Pam Shilling. Catherine Willard.

The Mental Health Association is a peer recovery support center offering recovery coaching, peer support services and groups, advocacy, training, and veterans, family, employment and job 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.