Collaboration Is Key To ‘The Many Faces Of Addiction’ Forum At JCC

To tackle the crisis of substance abuse disorders in Chautauqua County, more than two dozen organizations are collaborating to present “The Many Faces of Addiction: No One Cause, No One Solution.” This second community education forum will be held at Jamestown Community College on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Among the planners are, seated, from left, Andrew O’Brien, UPMC-Chautauqua-WCA; Kia Narraway-Briggs, executive director of the Mental Health Association; Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney, Health Care Action Team; and, standing, from left, Leanna Luka-Conley, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services; Janet Forbes, program vice president of the AAUW-Jamestown Branch; and the Rev. Luke Fodor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

A coalition of community organizations is working together to defeat the addiction crisis that is plaguing Chautauqua County.

In the spirit of “Our Community Stands Together,” the Health Care Action Team along with two major planning partners and sponsors, the American Association of University Women and the Mental Health Association, will hold a second community education forum on the subject. “The Many Faces of Addiction: No One Cause, No One Solution” will be presented on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., in Jamestown Community College’s Scharmann Theatre.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Light refreshment will be available beginning at 6 p.m.

Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney, chair of HCAT and the MHA advisory board, will moderate the panel of speakers that includes:

¯ Dr. Karen McElrath, professor of criminal justice, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina;

¯ Dr. Davina Moss-King, Positive Direction and Associates, Buffalo;

¯ Andrew O’Brien, current consultant and former director of behavioral health, UPMC-Chautauqua-WCA;

¯ Leanna Luka-Conley, deputy commissioner of Adult, Children and Family Services, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services;

¯ Chief Harry Snellings, Jamestown police chief/director of public safety; and

¯ The Rev. Luke Fodor, rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Jamestown

A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

The many collaborators that have joined to support and help in various ways include Jamestown Community College, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, City of Jamestown, County of Chautauqua, Chautauqua Works, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, The Post-Journal, YWCA, Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, A Fresh Start, HOPE Coalition, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene, The Resource Center, The Chautauqua Center, Jamestown Area Medical Associates-GLPP, Addiction Response Ministry, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, United Christian Advocacy Network, Southern Tier Environments for Living, and Burgett & Robbins LLP.