April 2021
Our Vision:  To save lives and improve health outcomes for individuals, children and families impacted by the opioid crisis through development of a comprehensive, coordinated system of addiction care by integrating services across the system.
Contact: Kim Shoemake, Regional Prevention Coordinator, Prestera Center - 304.412.7036 -
Prestera Center and Community Partners Conducting a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Community Assessment to Help Identify and Assess Service Needs Throughout the Region.
Prestera Center and its community partners are conducting a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Community Assessment to help identify needs, resources, and solutions so that local prevention efforts may be more effective in reducing the challenges associated with Substance Use Disorder in our communities.  Prestera Center unites community Substance Use Disorder (Addiction) prevention coalitions across the region to collectively strengthen local efforts in Southwestern West Virginia. This includes prevention coalitions in the following counties – Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam, and Wayne.  Prestera Center has contracted with Collective Impact, LLC, a capacity building consulting firm based out of Huntington, WV, to assist in conducing the assessment project.
As part of the project, the broader community is being engaged to learn more about the dynamics of SUD throughout the region. Specifically, a community stakeholder survey is being administrated and 20 community stakeholder focus groups will be conducted with key target audiences in each of the 10 counties.  In addition, secondary data on a wide range of indicators is being collected and analyzed.  You can access the survey from your computer or any mobile device at this link: or you can access the survey by scanning this UR code: 
The final SUD Assessment report including key findings and conclusions is anticipated being available in the fall of 2021. Results from the assessment project will be used to assist a large number of community partners across the region in planning for future services, educating the community, and leveraging and distributing resources over the next several years.
For more information about the community needs assessment project, contact Kim Shoemake, Regional Prevention Coordinator, Prestera Center - 304.412.7036 -
Putnam County Quick Response Team has been going out weekly since the beginning of March. With the help of Putnam EMS, Jobs and Hope, Putnam Wellness Coalition, and Great Rivers. The team has been able to pass out hygiene kits as well as do Naloxone trainings within the community. 

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment published the WV 2020-2022 Substance Use Response Plan in January 2020. As part of this plan, the Recovery to Work Task Team was formed to provide guidance, eliminate barriers, and develop construction-based employment opportunities for individuals in recovery.
Other related items included in the work plan for this task team include:
  • development of a toolkit for employers to address barriers/needs for employer education in utilizing those in recovery in the workforce
  • increasing regional recovery-owned and operated businesses by 10% annually throughout the duration of the plan
The toolkit for recovery friendly businesses has been developed and will be launched on the WV Chamber of Commerce website.
This survey is an attempt to gather information on the quantity and scope of recovery owned and/or operated businesses in WV.
Please share this survey with any businesses you believe to be owned or operated by individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder.
Thank you for your time.
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At the March Great Rivers meeting Dr. Kilkenny mentioned two articles about overdose and HIV. Below are the links to the articles. 



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Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care
Program Director:
Tina Ramirez
Prevention Education Specialists:
Jessica Beha (Jackson/Kanawha)
Kelby Sansom (Cabell/Putnam)
Community Health Workers/Peer Recovery Coaches 
Cabell County

Cory Sargent
Hayley Brown
Kanawha County 
Allyson Foster

Our mailing address is:
35 Chase Dr 
Hurricane, WV 25526

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