During these unprecedented times, the isolation and feelings of helplessness and despair experienced by so many due to Covid-19 has led to an alarming rise in overdoses. In an effort to help mitigate overdose deaths, the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission is accepting requests for Narcan, which will be mailed to Westmoreland County residents in need of it.
In 2022, the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission will shine a spotlight on innovative drug and alcohol programs offered to residents throughout Westmoreland County.
January’s spotlight is on the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Case Management Unit’s Community Engagement Team (CET). The team is comprised of one full-time lead case manager and two full time Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS). The team specializes in active engagement and works with local EMS agencies to fast-track high risk individuals into treatment. The CET also works with high risk/high need community-based individuals to assist them with engagement while lifting any barriers that could prevent their involvement in treatment.
CET provides active support to individuals, their families and other loved ones. They offer assistance even when individuals are not ready for treatment by fostering a trusting relationship, employing motivational enhancement strategies, providing encouragement and helping to navigate any obstacles or reservations that arise. The team also provides community outreach to the public, stakeholders and organizations on how to access treatment, support services or recovery supports. If you have any questions or would like to access this service, which is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, the toll-free number is 1-800-220-1810.
CET members Austin Hixson (left) and Derrick Jubeck have more than a decade of combined recovery time between them. They said the passion they have for the work they do is inspired by those who were there to help them in their time of need.
CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS
Join county residents this Friday for a prayer vigil for those lost to COVID-19 and to honor our frontline workers
SVCPP February Thematic Training
THE POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER PROJECT PRESENTS Residential Treatment Curriculum Facilitator Certification Training
The Incredible Years Parent Program: Virtual classes facilitated by Wesley Family Services
Save the date! Spring Spectacular Egg Hunt at Westmoreland Fairgrounds
Drop Off Collection Drive for People Seeking Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission Along with Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Case Management are hosting a collection drive to make care bags for the individuals seeking Drug and Alcohol Treatment.
If you would like to donate, check out the items needed on the flyer.
Abundant Life Task Force--Service of Hope
The Abundant Life Task Force, a faith-based coalition from Scottdale, PA, whose mission is helping those with Substance Use Disorder hosted this Service of Hope. This video was put together for any individual that may be seeking help for themselves or a loved one affected by substance use disorder. ***We do not own the rights for any of the songs in the this video.***
The Mon Valley Opioid Coalition (MVOC) coalition was formed to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic in the Mon Valley area. Colleen Hughes, Executive Director of Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission and California Borough Police Chief Jim Smith co-chair the coalition. The coalition, whose vision statement is “Uniting the Mon Valley to ensure the long-term health, safety and well-being of individuals in the region,” meets monthly at Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission’s office building’s training room in Monessen.
The Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission and Fayette County Drug and Alcohol Commission work together to guide the efforts of the coalition. MVOC is data based, utilizing data in real time to determine what is most effective in combating opioid use overdoses. The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Reduction Technical Assistance Center, provides “concierge technical assistance” for the coalition.
Drug and Alcohol Case Management helps individuals with substance abuse problems access treatment services which includes detoxification, residential, halfway house, and all levels of outpatient services; partial, intensive outpatient and traditional outpatient.