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.
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Starting in July Great Rivers meetings will be back in person! We will still have a zoom option for those individuals who cannot attend in person. These meetings will be socially distanced and masks will be required.  

We will keep you posted on the location of the meetings. Thank you for your continued support of Great Rivers and we look forward to seeing some of you face to face in July. 


If you are hosting a Recovery Month Event in September please let Tina know. We would love to be able to capture as many events as possible on our Great Rivers App and Facebook page.

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Project Hope for Women and Children was featured on The Feeding Pod, a podcast by Brianna Miluk and Olivia Whitaker.

In this episode, Bri is accompanied by Pamela Holland, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jessica Tackett, MA to discuss Project Hope in Huntington, WV. What is it? Something every community could benefit from. Project Hope for Women & Children provides a stable and supportive environment for women and their children, so they can working toward recovery from substance abuse disorders.  This episode discusses the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration for successful recovery and infant-mother attachment bonds.

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The West Virginia Drug Intervention Institute held a Live Conversation on Medication Safety. 
Region Five  Community Needs Assessment Press Release
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 -

Register now for the 2021 West Virginia Peer Recovery Support Services Conference - Advancing Peer Services in West Virginia - on June 22-24, 2021.
During this FREE three-day virtual event, you’ll learn more about the role of peer recovery support services specialists from national and locally recognized speakers. You will increase your intervention skills by practicing methods such as motivational interviewing and developing skills necessary to coach others. You will also hear more about ethical guidelines and boundaries for peer specialists.
Registration is required and there is no charge to attend!
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Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care
Program Director:
Tina Ramirez

Prevention Education Specialists:
Jessica Beha (Jackson/Kanawha)
Kelby Sansom (Putnam/Cabell)

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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