County input sought on addiction services
MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is seeking input from county residents regarding ongoing efforts to combat addiction. A new community survey is gathering information that will guide planning for the future of services and supports for those struggling with the challenges of addiction.
The survey is an initiative of the Chautauqua Substance Abuse Response Partnership, a collaborative effort of prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction agencies working together to address addiction in Chautauqua County. This partnership, supported by a $1 million federal grant awarded to the Department of Mental Hygiene in 2019, is engaged in multiple efforts to strengthen and expand addiction services to county residents.
“The task of addressing addiction requires the participation and collaboration of many, many community members and agencies,” said Pat Brinkman, Chautauqua County Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services. “In Chautauqua County, we have a strong partnership of local agencies working together to address our county’s needs. We need the input of all Chautauqua County residents to help make us even more effective in our initiatives to address addiction. My hope is that as many people as are aware of this community survey will complete it and will encourage family and friends to participate as well.”
The survey takes about five minutes to complete, is anonymous, and can be found online at CombatAddictionCHQ.com. Paper copies of the survey can also be completed in Jamestown at the James Prendergast Library, Evergreen Health, and the Mental Health Association, in Dunkirk at the Dunkirk Public Library, and in Fredonia at the Darwin R. Barker Library.
The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene reminds residents that help for individuals struggling with addiction is available right here in Chautauqua County. Visit CombatAddictionCHQ.com/find-help for contact information of the services you or a loved one may need.
Another resource is the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline (1-800-724-046), which is staffed by behavioral health professionals providing free confidential assistance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.