CEO Update
Rural Community Opioid Response
We were excited to host the initial meeting this week for the Appalachian Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Coalition. This new coalition is operating under a Rural Community Opioid Response Program planning grant for Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Representatives were in attendance from the Council on Addiction Recovery Services (CAReS) and the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (ACASA), as well as both counties’ health departments and counties' community services. Gregory Bonk, President and lead consultant at HMS Associates, will be providing management and analytical services to our group as we move through this process over the next year.

STHCS plans to take an active role in strategy and sustainability with a focus on plans to look at the emergency rooms and how to make that connection to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) providers in our community. I will keep you updated as this process moves forward.

Children’s Safety Village
I want to thank Jessica Dayton, Executive Director of Children’s Safety Village, for hosting our Chautauqua County Safe Kids focus group Tuesday night and allowing me the opportunity to learn about this hidden gem of a resource.
 
The Safety Village is located in Ashville, NY. Children PreK-6 are invited to come and learn first-hand about traffic, bike and fire safety. Their Fire Safety Training provides a hands-on environment to learn the importance of having two ways out of every room in their homes, choosing a meeting place with their family and creating an escape plan. Traffic and bike safety lessons begin in the classroom where children learn about sign recognition, rules of the road, pedestrian safety and crosswalk safety. Then they can drive miniature cars or ride bikes throughout the village as they demonstrate their knowledge of street signs, hand signals, allowing pedestrians to cross in front of them, and stopping at the railroad tracks to look and listen for a train. We are excited to have Jessica and Safety Village be a part of our Safe Kids Southern Tier New York team.
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Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc.  |  150 North Union Street  |  Olean, NY 14760  |  http://www.sthcs.org

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