CombatAddictionCHQ.com Provides Information on Addiction, and Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services Available in the County
Pictured above, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel speaks during a press conference announcing the launch of CombatAddictionCHQ.com, with Community Mental Hygiene Services Coordinator Patricia Brinkman (seated).
MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- As part of the County’s ongoing efforts to address the Opioid Crisis, today Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel, Jr. announced the launch of the website www.CombatAddictionCHQ.com, a one-stop online resource where residents can learn the facts about addiction, and explore the prevention, treatment, and recovery options in Chautauqua County and the region. The website also contains vital contact information as well as on-line support for those needing help in a crisis.
“There are individuals across our county who are struggling with addiction and substance abuse, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when individuals may feel alone or isolated from others,” said Wendel. “It is important that those struggling with a substance use disorder and their loved ones know that help and resources are available to help them make the first step to a brighter and safer future.”
Inspired from data gathered throughout Chautauqua County in the first year of a federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant, CombatAddictionCHQ.com contains helpful information such as myths related to addiction, information on how to recognize and respond to an overdose, how to spot and recognize relapse, harm reduction resources, and how to acquire naloxone. The website also features a chemical dependency services locator, which connects to all approved service providers in Chautauqua County and provides contact information. The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene hopes to make CombatAddictionCHQ.com a household name as the first place to go to for addiction-related issues.
“The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is glad to support outreach activities including CombatAddictionCHQ.com,” said Patricia Brinkman, Chautauqua County Community Mental Hygiene Services Coordinator. “Services for prevention, treatment, and recovery from addiction are here in Chautauqua County. This important project will further support the collaborative work happening to combat the opioid crisis in the County and assist those who are seeking help connect with appropriate resources.”
The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene received funds from the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), a multi-year initiative supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to address barriers to access in rural communities related to substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. RCORP funds also coordinate community outreach including CombatAddictionCHQ.com and task forces like the Chautauqua Substance Abuse Response Partnership (CSARP) to enhance their ability to implement and sustain substance use disorder and opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services in underserved rural areas.
These funds strengthen rural communities’ capacities to provide needed substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services and build the evidence base for supports and services that are effective in rural settings.