October 24 (1-2PM) Kinship Care Meet and Greet

October 24 (1-2PM) Kinship Care Meet and Greet at Mt. View Early Head Start, 671 Greenbag Road beside Mt. View Elementary School. If you are a grandparent or relative who is caring for a young child we will provide you with an opportunity to meet others who have made the same commitment. Please contact Beth Nair 304-291-9330 ext. 1761

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Warm Hands Warm Hearts Outwear Drive for United Way

Please donate your new or gently worn children’s and adults’ winter hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, boots, and coats to be distributed throughout Monongalia and Preston Counties.

Collection Sites

The Dominion Post
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Clear Mountain Bank
Monday – Friday
Regular Lobby Hours
For more information, please contact Beth Elyard, FRN Manager, at 304-296-7525 or by email at frn@unitedwaympc.org.

2017 Holiday Assistance Programs taking applications and need volunteers and donations!

2017 Holiday Assistance Programs taking applications and need volunteers and donations!

Hello Everyone!

The holiday season is just around the corner and many of you have requested information about the Holiday assistance programs available in our area. Many of us know families who could benefit from assistance during this time of year. If you know a family who would like to apply for assistance, please see the contact information below for all of the local programs. The same contact information can be used if you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist in any of the programs. I know donations and volunteers are always welcome. PLEASE ENCOURAGE FAMILIES NEEDING ASSISTANCE TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as assistance is limited based on resources. APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW. (and so are donations. )

The annual United Way Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is in its 36th year of community outreach in 2017. The purpose of the Holiday Food and Toy Distribution is to provide needy families in Monongalia County with food and toys for the holiday season 

To Apply for Assistance:

Applications will be accepted at The Connecting Link Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, October 2nd through Friday, November 17th from 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Their office is located in the Monongahela Building (235 High Street) in Room 208.

 

You must bring the following items with you to register:

•Proof of income

•Proof of expenses

•Birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license or medical card for each family member 

Applicants must be Monongalia County residents to receive food and toys.  Toy distribution is for children ages birth to 18 years.  (*In order to receive gifts, the children in the home must be actively enrolled in school.) 

Distribution will be held on Thursday, December 14th.  

To Volunteer: 

On December 11th, 12th, and 13th, volunteers are needed to sort and bag donated food and organize toys in preparation for the distribution. It is on these days that a large portion of the effort behind the distribution takes place.  Volunteers will be on hand to show you how you can assist in the effort.  Any group or individual interested in helping should join us on these days.  The distribution of food and toys to families will take place on December 14th. Volunteers are also needed on this day to assist with the distribution. 

If you questions about volunteering, please contact volunteer@unitedwaympc.org or by phone at (304) 322-2063. 

To Donate: 

If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please contact one of the following:

•United Way at 304-296-7525 for food

•Christian Help at 304-296-0221 for toys

•Humane Society at 304-296-6247 for pet food   

SALVATION ARMY- SEASONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: 

Morgantown, WV

1264 University Ave.

PO Box 753, 26507

MORGANTOWN

Telephone: 304.296.3525

 

Preston County Service Unit

124 Morgan Street

KINGWOOD

Telephone: 304-329-1245

 

ALBERT GALLATIN SERVICE CENTER

Saint Benedict’s Learning Center

100 Rear South Washington Street

Masontown, PA

Telephone: 724-583-9603, 724-437-0580

 

Fairmont Service Unit

1512 Locust Avenue

FAIRMONT

Telephone: 304-366-2601

 

Grafton, WV

111 Beech St.

GRAFTON

Telephone: 304.265.3565

 

Uniontown, PA

32 West Fayette Street

UNIONTOWN

Telephone: 724-437-2031

 

 

Starting this Fall, the Quin Curtis Center in Morgantown, WV will be offering a new psychoeducational group. The ELEVATE program is evidence based and was developed for the purpose of enhancing intimate relationships.

 

ELEVATE is a program that helps couples work on and improve various aspects of their relationships. Some of these aspects include building communication skills, conflict management, expressing affectionate behaviors, and understanding your partner’s perspective.

 

Couples will participate in four classes that will teach them how to improve these aspects of their relationship. Instruction will include interactive activities, discussions, and educational videos. The ELEVATE program is scheduled to start Friday, October 13th from 10:30-12:30, in the Mountain Lair on WVU’s Downtown Campus in the Blackwater Room. There is a one-time $20 fee per couple for the four-week program. Couples who are interested in participating in the ELEVATE program should reserve a place by contacting Chad Thompson (cdthompson@mix.wvu.edu), Tinh Dang (tndang@mix.wvu.edu), or call the Quin Curtis Center at 304-293-1824 ext.0.  Please feel free to distribute the attached brochure.

 

The Quin Curtis Center is a psychological service, training and research center. Through a new initiative the Quin Curtis Center (QCC) is now interdisciplinary and has a team of psychology and social work graduate student interns working together.  The ELEVATE program is part of the relationship focus of this team. Couple and family therapy referrals are also welcome.

Announcement for Grant Opportunities in WV

Dear West Virginia Addiction and Recovery Advocate Partners,

Please feel free to share these grant opportunities with your interested networks.

HHS announces over $70 million in grants to address the opioid crisis

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., today announced the availability of over $70 million over multiple years to help communities and healthcare providers prevent opioid overdose deaths and provide treatment for opioid use disorder, of which $28 million will be dedicated for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

“Putting an end to the opioid crisis ravaging our country is a top priority for President Trump and all of us at the Department of Health and Human Services,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price. “We are committed to bringing everything the federal government has to bear on this health crisis. Building partnerships and providing resources to state and local governments as well as non-government organizations are absolutely critical to this effort. The purpose of these grants is to empower the heroes in this fight—the men and women on the forefront of supporting prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives in their communities.”

Opioid overdoses claimed more than 33,000 lives in 2015, but preventive actions, treatment for addiction, and proper response to overdoses can help. Money from two grant funding opportunities, recently authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), will expand access to lifesaving overdose reversal medications and train healthcare providers to refer patients to appropriate follow-up drug treatment; funds from a third grant funding opportunity will provide for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders.

The announcement followed a separate award of $485 million in grants in April 2017—provided by the 21st Century Cures Act— to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia for opioid abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. Administered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), these funds will be made available through the following three grants:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment and Prescription Drugs Opioid Addiction: Up to $28 million to 5 grantees to increase access of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Medication-assisted treatment combines behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication.
  • First Responders: Up to $41.7 million over 4 years available to approximately 30 grantees to train and provide resources for first responders and members of other key community sectors on carrying and administering an FDA approved product for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.
  • Improving Access to Overdose Treatment: Up to $1 million over 5 years to one grantee to expand availability to overdose reversal medications in healthcare settings and to establish protocols to connect patients who have experienced a drug overdose with appropriate treatment.

“The grants we announce today clearly demonstrate our efforts to meet the opioid crisis with every tool at our disposal,” said SAMHSA Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Kana Enomoto. “The evidence-based training, medication, and behavioral therapies provided here will save lives and help people with addictions start a path toward reaching their potential.”

Additionally, on May 4, SAMHSA released two other Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act-related funding opportunities. These funding opportunities will be open through July 3, 2017:

The Trump Administration and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have identified the opioid crisis as one of the top priorities for improving the health of the American people. HHS has outlined five specific strategies to combat the ongoing opioid crisis: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research. With the completion of the fiscal year 2017 spending package passed by Congress, HHS moved quickly to announce these funding opportunities which are critical to improving access to treatment and recovery services as well as targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please review the funding opportunity announcements at SAMHSA’s 2017 grant announcements page. Applicants with questions about program issues should contact the program person listed in the funding announcement. The deadline to apply may differ depending on the funding announcement. For questions on grants management issues contact Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or FOACSAP@samhsa.hhs.gov or FOACSAT@samhsa.hhs.gov.