JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has made a contribution to a local human services organization to help provide better support for individuals battling addiction.
The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) has received a grant from CRCF that will be used to hire an additional full-time recovery coach for 2016.
In presenting the grant, CRCF Executive Director Randy Sweeney said that individuals who are battling an addiction need to know they have their community’s support behind them. He said CRCF is also encouraged by the work the Mental Health Association is doing with its recovery coach program.
MHA is a peer run organization staffed by recovery guides and coaches. MHA staff are trained individuals who are recovering from mental health diagnosis and most are recovering from substance abuse.
According to MHA CEO Rick Huber, in the month of March (2016), 16 people in the city of Jamestown alone died as a result of drug addiction.
All services and programs are offered free of charge.