Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board 2nd Annual Recovery Celebration honors the Recovery Community.
The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board held their 2nd Annual Recovery Celebration on Thursday, at the Sunroom at the Brick, in Frankfort, Ohio. Chair of the Board of Directors, Faye Williamson said “As we continue our efforts to support recovery on every level, it is important to take a moment and thank those on the front lines. We are especially pleased to honor some outstanding individuals in our communities for their extraordinary efforts.”
Executive Director of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board, Penny Dehner stated, “September is Recovery Month and it is important that we take the time to celebrate and honor individuals doing extraordinary work. For many years, The Paint Valley ADAMH Board has honored an advocate in mental health and addiction. At the first Recovery Celebration last year, a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Champion along with Recovery Oriented System of Care Champions were included in our celebration. This year we were happy to add a focus on prevention by adding a category for Prevention Advocate of the Year. We know treatment works, people recover and recovering people work.”
Mike Woody, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) coordinator for Ohio, served as the keynote speaker. Mr. Woody’s message included how important CIT training is for law enforcement officers currently on the front lines of our communities. He also stressed the importance of how new cadets really need to understand what mental illness is and how it impacts those with this illness. It is imperative that they maintain their readiness and safety precautions, as they also seek to get the person in crisis the help they really need.
The following individuals received Recovery Oriented System of Care Champion Awards for their dedication to the residents of our Board region:
- Kenneth “Jimmy” Laux, Jr., DC, Pickaway County – Acupuncture for Recovery
- Melonie Oiler, RN, Ross County – Narcan Distribution Project
Crisis Intervention Team Champion, corporal Dirk Witherspoon of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, was nominated by Dr. James Hagen. Deputy Witherspoon used his de-escalation skills from his CIT Training to assist a resident who was in crisis. He was able to peacefully, without use of force, develop a rapport with the man and convinced him to return to his home. Later that same night, he was called back to the same residence and was able to reengage the man, this time getting him to agree to get the help he needed.
Prevention Advocate, Kylena France, Community Action Commission of Fayette County, was nominated by Christina Blair. Over the past year, under Kylena’s leadership, the Prevention Coalition has held several events to promote prevention in Fayette County. From making the case for prevention to advocating with local businesses to attend responsible server training, Kylena has been busy working to enact change in our community.
Mental Health Advocate, Kim Conley, YMCA of Pike County, was nominated by Tandy Cyrus. Kim has been advocating for the mental health of youth affected by trauma, drug addicted parents, abuse and poverty in Pike County. Providing a safe place for the children to come to everyday and to receive mental health treatment has made a world of difference.
Addiction Advocate, Joe Adray, Family Recovery Services, Highland County, was nominated by Roger Cheesbro. Joe has been a part of the Family Recovery Services for over 21 years. He has served as counselor, clinical director, executive director and president providing direction to staff and assisting those struggling with addiction to find a path to recovery. The last two and one half years Joe has assisted in the transition of leadership within the agency working to insure the legacy of addiction treatment and recovery in Highland County and the surrounding region continues.