SPIFFY Coalition SAPC project update – looking at strategic plan for reducing substance use.
What are Ware’s specific risk factors for alcohol and marijuana use?
- parents think vaping is safe; kids are vaping on the bus; new vaping store, Cloud Nine open in Ware – CDC came out with a recent report on harmful effects of vaping – kids may not be carded when they go into the store; board of health has to raise the min age on vaping
- Lack of hope or plans for the future / lack of transportation
- high DV rate / child witnessing
- ineligibility for grants
- de-homogenizing population
- food desert
- perception that if young people are drinking and smoking at home, then they’re safe, with their parents
Brainstorming solutions or approaches for these risk factors
- schools having stress reduction programs early
- professional development for staff and teachers in school to help address social/emotional needs of kids
JAC Patrissi report on Valley Gives Day
One day when you can go online to give to any nonprofit in the Valley – May 3.
BHN/Carson has been working to get an intensive outpatient treatment up and running in Ware, but there’s also a whole range of recovery services in the Valley – but there’s such a high need, they really need help to support those programs.
Vote – does the task force officially support Ware-based BHN recovery programs on Valley Gives Day?
Decided: Dane and Gail will create a list of Quaboag-based organizations in line with our mission to help support.
BHN has applied for a grant for a 6-month intensive inpatient/residential, trauma-informed, program for young women in the region. 15 beds. Big attempt to bring more addiction services to the region. Emphasis on building support networks in home communities. Access to education and job training.
Motion to endorse the project; seconded, passed. (Stuart Beckley, Ed Wloch)
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