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.

June is still a month away but we want to make sure we are getting the information out there for our Words Matter Stigma Training on June 22nd. Join Jessica as she comes to you via zoom with this training. 
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Great Rivers needs your help. We are in the process of submitting our annual report and would like for community partners to submit quotes. If you would like to submit a quote about your work with Great Rivers please email it to Tina Ramirez at . Thank you for your continued support of Great Rivers we truly couldn't do what we do without you! 


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. 

The Youth Leadership Team with PEP has been working on PSA's. This is their latest PSA. You can see all the work the group is doing on their Youtube Channel PEP Youth Leadership Team. 

The Jackson QRT wants you to know that they are making regular visits within their community. 

The QRT continues to host Narcan trainings within the community. Follow their Facebook page as well as the page for the BOMAR to stay updated on upcoming trainings. 
Community Resource Inc, of Jackson County is assisting with tax preparation for households with less than $58,000 in income through May 17th. 
The Jackson County Mobile Food Pantry is scheduled for May 20th from  11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Jackson County fairgrounds. 


To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month we are having different events during May that promote self-care, healthy alternatives to drugs and alcohol, physical activity and wellness. We will be traveling thorough out Kanawha County and talking to our neighbors about what they do to promote mental wellness. 

We will also be hosting a virtual hiking contest to see who is the most dedicated to staying healthy. This competition is open to anyone of any age in Kanawha County, WV. If you would like to learn more contact Karison Frazier with KCTC at

The Partnership of African American Churches is offering free HIV testing every Monday in Charleston. 

The West Virginia Alliance of Recovery Residences is pleased to announce the planning has started for the 3rd Annual Glow Run For Recovery. This event will take place in September and have in person options available. If you are interested in being part of this planning committee contact Jennie Hill at
Richie Armstrong sharing his gratitude for First Responders. 

Putnam County Quick Response Team

The team is in the field and making a difference in Putnam County. If you have not followed the Putnam QRT on Facebook you can do so @PutnamQRT .  If you know someone in the Putnam County area who would benefit from meeting with the QRT feel free to reach out via the Facebook page or by calling 304-397-0918. 

📍Recovery Point Huntington: 2425 9th Ave, Huntington, WV 25703
📍Recovery Point Charleston: 501 Stockton Street Charleston, WV 25312
📍Recovery Point Bluefield: 321 Preston Street Bluefield, WV 24701
📍Recovery Point Parkersburg: 4204 Emerson Avenue Parkersburg, WV 26104

During this challenging time, the Community Development team from Aetna Better Health of West Virginia is offering a time each week to gather with others to discuss the feelings or experiences you may be having. This will be an open time for discussion, self-care topics, etc.
Please feel free to come and go as your schedule allows. We will offer these ongoing.  All are invited every Friday at noon.
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 -

Join Devon Lopez, Community Engagement Manager for an upcoming Unite West Virginia Information Session. These sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about Unite Us and the Unite West Virginia referral network, see a software demonstration, and connect with other organizations around West Virginia. The Unite Us coordinated care system is free to community based organizations and non-profits! You can  click here and register for our May 18th Information Session. In the event that this time doesn't work for you, no problem! Please use this link to schedule a time with Devon, or email! Unite Us offers a wonderful coordinated care network that is allowing us to connect our clients to services outside of our four walls with the privacy we need through compliance and outcome reports that show our collaboration in the community. I hope you will consider joining a session to learn more about the network.
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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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