RAIS Saratoga Meeting – 02/19/15 - Saratoga Springs Public Library
Brian Farr: RAIS president and person in long term recovery, etc., welcomed all to the meeting.
Bob Lindsay: Consulting work For Friends of Recovery NY
Judy Lanka: Mom, teacher, Naranon and Friends of Recovery in Warren Washington Co.
Julie Brennan: Mother and Aunt of young men in recovery
Sue Martin, 30 years sober, mother of young man with addiction.
Jacob W. –Person in long term recovery. Chair of Events committee, Peer advocate/recovery coach.
Theresa K., former director of HRH, chair of RCC committee. family member of persons in recovery and 12-step member.
Stacy Townsend substance abuse treatment field 12 years, visiting from AZ.
Adina, in recovery 2 years. Drug court graduate, works for lobbying firm, connections Mercury Public Affairs works with Addiction Treatment Providers Association (alternative to ASAP)
Adam, person in recover, went through HRH.
Thomas, person in Recovery, went through HRH, willing to do leg work.
Julianne Thomas, director of HRH. Grew up in Alcoholic family. Loves our mission…..wants to see change of stigma. Chair of community and family committee.
Kirk, person in Recovery
Melissa, 22 mos. HRH graduate
Heather, long term recovery, HRH graduate, outreach for women on the streets, wants to be a living example of hope.
Brian advocated for people to get on committees and stated that the meeting time will run 7PM to 8:30 PM. He suggested that heads of committees come 20 minutes early in the interest of sticking to our agenda and getting people out on time.
Community and Family Education:
Julianne made a plea for people with skills (computer, artistic for brochures, etc) to join her committee. We need to get the word out about RAIS. She let us know that “Joe” spoke at TSA board meeting diner and mentioned RAIS. Julianne advocated for a formal training on :Recovery Language”. We need to get materials together and to provide information to treatment providers,
Heather is working with PROS- mental health and addiction tx program, and her former boss at Catholic Charities.
Jacob advocated for “brand loyalty”.
Bob also advocated for Recovery language as well.
Stacey suggested that we tap into Nami. (National Association of Mental Illness and TIC, Trauma Informed Care for Recovery oriented language. JT has a passion to included families.
Jacob offers software for brochures/pamphlets etc. Resource directory (Adina). Grandparent issues to be addressed.
Brian broke in re: the need for an Outreach services to bridge the gap for families waiting for their loved ones to get into treatment…..”Bridge the Gap” is an organization that already does this for 12 step programs.
Jacob reinforced the Education and Training event idea “How to speak to people about recovery”. He suggested that we need to start with the website. He also spoke about the need for bridging the gap and providing resources for people who are not yet connected with treatment. He is working on an event at the library in March (Movie night or excepts from the Recovery 2.0 conference. outlining what else is out there in terms of recovery, e.g.: Smart ACT (cognitive therapy) mindfulness meditation, etc.) He also suggested a “Family education fact check”. He is also working on a Candle light vigil for, not only people who have lost someone but also to celebrate recovery in June in Congress Park. He said that he will need volunteers, materials/ brochures etc. and will enlist professional photographers in town to document. He’d also like to see a memorial wall. He is looking for people to help and serve on this committee.
The rooms project photographer and blogger Jillian will be here on 2/21 from Philly to interview people in recovery. http://theroomsproject.org/
Bob spoke about the upcoming “Listening forum” on April 30th sponsored by Friends of Recovery at the library to develop a statewide agenda for advocacy in partnership with local agencies
Fundraising: Julie Ann Brennan requested support for her work as head of the fundraising committee. Bob has said that he would provide support to Julie . Kirk said he’d step up as well to help.
JT says we need sponsors! It was also noted that when we are looking for donors we need to check with Prevention Council. Specific concrete goals are needed in order to tell sponsors what we are fundraising for.
Bob suggested that Jacob come up with budgets for his events to work towards. We need “investors” in Recovery!
Training could be something we raise funds for. There is a peer recovery training opportunity for $250 each and Recovery Coach training as well.
Public Policy: Bob from Friends of Recovery NY spoke about their advocacy day. He said there was a great turn out. Senator Phill Boyla, NY has a standing committee on Alc. And Sub abuse. Senator Amador is new chair, Rob Kent from OASAS is looking for 30 million dollars of support form NY State.
Judy was supposed to meet with Keri Warner but met with Mark Luciano instead and said that was a productive meeting as well.
Training: suggestion to contract with the state and to do a recovery conference to include individuals and families, Many Pathways is a large part of this. We all need to attend this training at the local level targeting “messaging”.. Another piece of the training will be about the science of addiction and recovery and providing technical assistance to community organizations (How do you open a RCC, helping families) websites and social media.
Recovery Community Center committee Theresa will act as liaison to other RCC’s, and OASAS. Will present first next meeting on what an RCC is and is not.
Important live saving reminder: is someone is overdosing on opiates and you don’t have Narcan - CPR “recovery breathing” works!
Next Meeting March 12th 7 PM (or 6:40 if you are a committee chair. )