Hope & Healing for Chautauqua


A day of presentations, speakers and addiction resources for the community was held on May 16, 2017 at the Chautauqua Suites in Mayville, NY.

The event was open to the public and free of charge. Speakers included Vince Horrigan, County Executive, Christine Schuyler, BSN, RN, MHA, Chautauqua County Director of Health & Human Services (Commissioner of Social Services/Public Health Director), Andrew O'Brien, CASAC, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Director, Chemical Dependency and Outpatient Mental Health, Keynote: Rodney Wambeam, PhD "Boomers, Xers and Millennials: How New Research on Generations Can Inform the Future of Prevention", Level Up Talks - Micro presentations about Prevention, Treatment & Recovery ideas with the potential to "level up" hope and healing in Chautauqua County!

Morning and Afternoon Breakout Session topics were: HOPE Youth Empowerment Program for Youth Advocacy-Laurie Reynolds & Tracy Jespersen, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council; Planning and Evaluating Environmental Prevention Efforts, Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D.; Success in Treatment and Recovery with Lifestyle Changes, Dr. Davina Moss-King; Peer Specialists & Peer Recovery Supports, Kia Briggs, Mental Health Association and Pastor Steve Kilburn, Addiction Response Ministry; and the Winged Ox Players presented scenes from the "Least Resistance" play. Help, Information, & Resource Tables were also available throughout the day.

The Addiction Epidemic: Hope & Healing for Chautauqua Overview, continued on Wednesday, May 17 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dunkirk.

A presentation of resources available for prevention, treatment and recovery in Northern Chautauqua County was followed by an Opioid Overdose Response/Narcan Training by Alison Espin.

Since 1974, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC), a not-for-profit United Way supported agency, has provided services to prevent the abuse of alcohol, other drugs and gambling to the residents of Chautauqua County. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. CASAC is one of 40 community-based councils across New York State and one of over 200 nationwide. CASAC's mission is to build a safe and healthy environment by effectively educating the community on positive life choices.

CASAC offices are located at:

501 W. Third Street
Suites 3 & 4 Sprinchorn Bldg.
Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 664-3608
51 E. Third Street
Suite 2
Dunkirk, NY 14048
(716) 366-4623


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