New Choices in Recovery Educational Forum at Mental Health Association Saturday Morning, August 11

New Choices in Recovery Educational Forum at Mental Health Association Saturday Morning, August 11

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Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County

Jamestown, N.Y. – Medicaid enrollees with mental health and substance use related conditions can benefit from a number of community-based programs, including managed care, Health and Recovery Plans (HARP), Health Homes, and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).

But there are a lot of misconceptions around HARP and HCBS, and it can be confusing.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA) is hosting New Choices in Recovery to clear up some of this confusion, to educate people about these new possibilities, and to encourage them to take the steps to make use of them.

Participants can learn about coordinating peer and family support, work and school, and about transportation services that are now available. They can take a fresh look at their health, work, social and other personal goals and meet with someone who can help their providers work more closely together so they can achieve those goals.

Including short video vignettes, the presentation will last about 75 minutes. It is delivered in an informal, conversational and interactive manner with lots of encouragement for shared identification and empathy.

David Ferencz is coming from Albany to speak at this event. Ferencz is New Choices in Recovery Community Outreach Specialist with New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS).

While providers are welcome, this is a peer-delivered training for a peer audience and is meant to be very practical. This is a purely educational initiative; no direct services will be offered.

The presentation is done in connection with the Mental Health Empowerment Project and The Association of Substance Abuse Providers with the support of the Department of Health, the Office of Mental Health, and The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

The MHA is a designated HCBS provider in peer empowerment services and will continue to provide support services free of charge.

A United Way Partner Organization since 2015, the MHA is located at 31 Water Street, Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center.

The MHA offers support services to people with substance use disorders and all other forms of mental health diagnosis. It works in collaboration with local treatment providers, other non-profits, community-based partners, and treatment courts to empower individuals in attaining their goals. In an accepting environment, it provides recovery coaching by certified peer specialists as well as support groups and classes.

Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in. Hours are Monday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the MHA, call (716) 661-9044 or visit or

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