In the fall of 2019, Commonwealth Prevention Alliance wrote a mini-grant opportunity into their grant application to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
The Center’s focus is to expand education opportunities for individuals and groups who serve in areas of prevention and recovery from “life controlling problems” such as substance use disorders and compulsive behaviors.
An article in PharmacyTimes outlined the consequences of the pandemic on mental health. Since a rise in mental health issues can lead to substance misuse, we have included an excerpt with tips to reduce the impact.
“We have worked to bring awareness to, provide education and brief intervention for, and to reduce the stigma associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs, and for the outreach process to obtain support and help.”
“Kim was instrumental in the development of drug and alcohol curriculum that was implemented across the United States. She made significant impacts at the local and state levels with prevention and recovery efforts.”
“Losing a parent at a young age to substance abuse has had a profound effect on my motivation to help others. By promoting recovery through family wellness, I hope to have a positive impact on the community that I serve.”
Prevention Week is a campaign dedicated to increasing prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by advancing prevention year-round. Learn more about how you can join in this year’s PA Prevention Week.
“We have witnessed the overwhelming effect of the opioid epidemic on families, individuals and children. There is a lack of understanding in the community. We hope to change the stigma and bring awareness and education.”
“One thing that I enjoy about helping those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic is hearing their stories and watching a sense of relief come over them after they have gotten the heavy stuff off of their chest.”
Carolyn Miele embodies what it means to take a painful experience and turn it into a positive outcome. After losing her son to a 2016 overdose, she started Saving Lives for Zachary, a foundation based in Williamsport.