Theresa Knorr – opened meeting at 7pm with Introductions
Theresa: clarification statement of RAIS as an advocacy group that aims to end the stigma of disease and raise consciousness as well as push for money towards treatment and prevention.
Family & Community Education committee: Julianne, chair: Spoke on transitioning treatment programs in NYS from OASAS 819 to 820 regulations. The 820 regulations put treatment into three categories: Stabilization, Rehabilitation, Re-integration. Transitional Services Association, Inc. (TSA’s) Hedgerow House falls under “reintegration” but could reasonably apply to be all three. Julianne aims to advocate for Saratoga to have Stabilization and Rehabilitation places in Saratoga County. Julianne stated that this model will most likely be more reflective of the needs of people who are in need of recovery services.
New Business: Jim Doern stated there is an organization called Healthy Capital District Initiative that has applicable numbers and statistics. Jim states there are 11 non-fatal overdoses and two fatal overdoses a week in Saratoga County as reported by EMTs and that does not include self-admitted to detox or mental health, nor people who do not seek care.
Old Business: Theresa spoke about the prospect of an ambulatory detox in Saratoga County. Jim says Dr Renee Rodriguez-Goodmote offered space at Saratoga Community Health Center to SPARC, and the Saratoga Hospital has also offered assistance. It may happen as soon as the end of this year. RAIS may be instrumental in advocating for this and supporting it in the community. Theresa added that the detox center would be a place to offer information and support to the detox patient in addition to medication. It was the overall feeling of RAIS members that the community education committee needs to take the opportunity to follow up on the implementation of this program.
Up Coming Events: May 14, 2016 – Summer Smith 5k Run/Walk for Addiction Awareness – 9am at Guilderland High School, 8 School RD in Guilderland Center, NY. - Bob Lindsay says that Friends of Recovery has a table there, RAIS is welcome to share that table. The first half of the 5K will have posted facts about addiction and the second will have posted facts about recovery. Volunteers were recruited to staff the tables.
There will be two more showings of The Anonymous People Tuesday May 3rd at Clifton Park Halfmoon Library at 6:30pm and Monday May 9th at Mechanicville District Public Library at 6pm sponsored by RAIS, the Prevention Council and Youth Empowerment. Volunteers were recruited to staff the tables.
FOR-NY report: Bob Lindsey reported that there was a science of addiction & recovery training in NYC. He feels that this training would be useful for RAIS. He also states there is an upcoming training for clinical supervisors of Recovery Coaches.
August 31st and September 1st – in Troy – there will be a Recovery Convention, more information to come. Bob added that Greg Williams, a producer of the Anonymous People, will be presenting in September.
37 million has been added to the NYS/OASAS budget this year for addiction recovery.
Bob also says there is an upcoming Youth Recovery Forum and Family Recovery Forum for NYC residents; asking what worked and, what didn’t work? It will also focus on how to credential recovery coaches.
Additional Announcements: Theresa will be attending a CCAR convention as a RAIS member – May 2 to 4 2016 – The Many Pathways of Recovery and providing training on what she learns.
Jacob Weakland is the chair of the Events committee and Julieann Brennan head of the Fundraising committee were not in attendance.
Jim Doern reported that the Saratoga Emergency dept. agreed to Transitional Services Association, Inc. (TSA) to having a case manager in the hospital for 90 days. This helps solidify a pathway for patients back into treatment. Jim also announced that Michael Presioso, director of County Mental Health, was able to get a CASAC into the Saratoga CO Jail and a case manager for aftercare, They are working on a referral form that will effectively screen people for substance abuse. Keith Brown from Catholic Family Services agrees to assist in Narcan training at the jail.