August 2020
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.

We would like you to join in welcoming Allyson Foster, our Kanawha County Community Health Worker/Peer Recovery Coach. Allyson will be working throughout the county and is looking forward to building additional partnerships. Allyson will be available to help clients navigate services related to SUD, HIV, and Hepatitis C. 


If you haven't had the chance to watch our This Is My Story series follow the link below and check out some of the amazing stories we have had the opportunity to hear.
Our monthly meeting will be on August 20th at 9 a.m. To join our meeting click on the zoom link below:
Join the Great Rivers team as they host a call every Friday for Peer Recovery Coaches statewide. This is a great opportunity to share wins, losses, and challenges. If you are a Peer Coach or know of a Coach that would benefit from this call we ask that you join us Friday's at 1:30 p.m. 

CALL: 425-436-6363   Password: 317167


Join us on Tuesday's and Thursday's at 9:00 a.m. on our Facebook page for virtual Gentle Yoga.  All exercises are done in a chair and require no mat or weights. 

Gentle Yoga is one of the prevention programs Great Rivers offers to the community at not cost. If you are interested in having Gentle Yoga taught in your organization please contact Jessica at

Cory- This Is My Story 
Cabell County 
Southern West Virginia Collegiate Peer Recovery Network is an innovative partnership, offering peer recovery support services on seven higher education campuses. This project is supported by federal State Opioid Response funding, which originates from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The Alliance’s Southern West Virginia Collegiate Peer Recovery Network includes the following institutions: BridgeValley Community and Technology College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Marshall University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, West Virginia Osteopathic School of Medicine and West Virginia State University, working with the following behavioral health centers: Prestera, Seneca Health Services and Southern Highlands Community Mental Health.
We have many projects and services that are weekly ongoing events that are open to students and the public.
In response to the increase in overdoses we adapted the naloxone training to be delivered live online.  To date we have trained over 110 people and 43 naloxone kits have been distributed by mail through our collaboration with Southern Highlands QRT.  Training is available every Thursday at 2pm and 7pm.

We are hosting a Virtual Day of Hope on August 31 from 9-5 and more information can be found at  
Events and updates are posted on our facebook page @crnwv 

We want to welcome Steve McClure as the new Jackson County QRT coordinator. 

Make sure to follow the Quick Response Team on Facebook at 
"Jackson County QRT" 
Megen - This Is My Story 
Jackson County 

Kanawha County Locations:
Cabin Creek Health Systems -4602 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston 
Risen City Church - 1410 4th Ave, Charleston
Gateway Church of Christ - 422 B St., St. Albans 
Elkview Baptist Church - 1150 Main St., Elkview
Cafe Appalachia -206 D St., So. Charleston
Cabin Creek Health Systems Clinic - 6135 Sissonville Dr., Sissonville 
Chesapeake Healthcare Center  - 11950 McCorkle Ave, Chesapeake 
Kingdom Life Fellowship -405 1st Ave S., Nitro
Bridge Valley -168 4th Ave., Montgomery 
*additional locations being secured

For more information reach out to Jennie Hill at
The Charleston GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) group is having in person meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at The WV Institute of Spirituality (1601 Virginia St. East.) These groups are ran by Denise Hanson. For additional information about GRASP contact Denise at or
Autumn- This Is My Story 
Kanawha County 

Putnam County Locations: 
Church at The Depot ( 6496 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot)
Hurricane Church of Christ ( 600 Midland Trail, Hurricane)
*additional Putnam County locations are being secured. 

"Save the date! We're getting excited about Save a Life - Free Naloxone Day on Sep 2nd. Across Kanawha and Putnam Counties, people will be able to pick up free Naloxone and receive training at over a dozen local churches, clinics, community organizations, and small businesses). Recovery resources will also be available. "
-Joe Solomon 

For Additional Information follow the link below:
Shanna- This Is My Story 
Putnam County 
What does it mean to Vote Recovery?
What issues are impacting the Recovery Voter in West Virginia?
Can recovery inspire voters as a single issue?
Join the Recovery Advocacy Project in WV on Monday, August 10th at 6PM (est) as people in recovery, family members and supporters of recovery talk about the importance of having the recovery communities' voice heard during the election cycle. This session will be educational to potential voters, and will also create space to listen to current Recovery Voters talk about the issues they are passionate about like reform and reentry, reducing stigma, prevention, and harm reduction among others. We will also be holding a live vote where you can assist in prioritizing the issues you care about.  Your voice & vote is needed! This is a non-partisan event that is about recovery. It is not about  specific candidates or political parties. All are welcome to attend

Recovery Voter Champion and Ally Panel Includes:
J.K. McAtee: Community Inclusion
Melanie Lea Danielson: Stigma & Recovery
Brandon Thornhill: Reform & ReEntry
Mary Price: Medication Assisted Treatment
Joe Solomon: Harm Reduction

Click here for details and to RSVP:
Quality Insights presents: Preparing for the New Normal in Telehealth:  Transitioning from Surviving to Thriving
Speaker: Kathy Hsu Wibberly, PhD Director
Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center

August 19th 2:00-3:00 pm
COVID-19 has created a seismic shift.  The “overnight: sensation of telehealth has really been in the making for close to thirty years.   Telehealth is here to stay.  Learn the best practice essentials that will allow you and your practice to move from surviving to thriving and hear about free resources available to you as you make the transition to the new normal.

Register Here:

Register Here:

For additional questions contact Deb Koester at / 765-412-9511

Help304 Emotional StrengthLine Available to all West Virginians
New Service Launched to Help Those Affected by COVID Related Stress  

If you’re feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or emotionally exhausted, you’re not alone. Pandemic related stress is high. Many people are worried they or a family member will become sick. Some have lost jobs and insurance and are worried about meeting their family’s basic needs.  Making matters worse, routine and social structure have crumbled. With everyone under stress, some feel they have no one to turn to for emotional help. According to a recent poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association, 36% of Americans say COVID-19 is having a serious impact on their mental health and 59% feel it is having a serious impact on their day-to-day lives. West Virginians are especially vulnerable. According to a 2018 CDC study, WV was ranked as the “least healthy” state concerning mental health, noting that 18.9% of respondents reported poor mental health 14 of the last 30 days.

A new, free service aims to help West Virginians with COVID-19 related stress.  Help304, WV’s Emotional Strengthline, offers support through a hotline, 1-877-HELP-304. This program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by West Virginia’s Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

The line will be answered by First Choice Services (FCS), a Charleston, WV company that operates several other helplines.  Programs operated by FCS include the Help4WV  addiction and mental health line, the Problem Gamblers Help Network of WV, the Suicide Lifeline, the Tobacco Quitline, the Jobs and Hope program which helps those in recovery find employment, the ACA Navigator program which assists with enrollment in free and reduced-cost health insurance, and  211, which helps locate resources such as food banks and housing assistance.  

FCS reports that calls for the last four months are up 15% over calls during the same time last year. FCS’s CEO, Lata Menon, explained the purpose of the line. “Most of our programs are designed to solve a very specific problem, for instance, by linking someone with an addiction treatment program or locating a food bank for them. We’ve noticed, particularly over the last few months, callers are stressed and some just need to talk about their issues with someone who cares. They may not be suicidal or think of themselves as in crisis, but they want someone to listen to their concerns and help sort out their emotions, to prevent a crisis. We have professional crisis counselors who are trained to listen and help callers find the way forward. If they need additional resources, we have several in-house programs here that can help.”

West Virginians can find free help by calling 1-877-HELP-304, texting 1-877-4357-304, or visiting  for online chat. Information on all FCS programs can be accessed at/

The WV Governor's Council on Substance Use and the WV Office of Drug Control Policy are interested in learning about educational trainings to address stigma towards substance use in the state of West Virginia. Educational trainings to address stigma may include anything you associate with reducing, bringing awareness to, or educating others about stigma directed towards substance use and those that use substances. 


Your name and responses will not be shared but the information you share will be compiled into a report that will be shared with the WV Governor's Council on Substance Use, the WV Office of Drug Control Policy, and other survey respondents. We will share this report and resources learned from it with you. 


Thank you for your participation in this questionnaire.

If you have information you would like added to next months newsletter please email it to . Information deadline for September will be August 27th, 2020.
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Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care
Program Director:
Tina Ramirez
Prevention Education Specialists:
Jessica Beha (Jackson/Kanawha)
Community Engagement Specialist:
Jason Hollinger
Community Health Workers/Peer Recovery Coaches

Hayley Brown
Cory Sargent
Allyson Foster 

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

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