ASK MAx: LET’S TALK ABOUT…WE CAN ALL DO MORE!!!

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LET’S TALK ABOUT…WE CAN ALL DO MORE!!! Opioid epidemic, mental health issues, homelessness—it is all so overwhelming. But, there are opportunities in our community that can empower all of us to do more to address these social issues.

Because of my interest in the opioid epidemic, I am getting a clearer view of how it is affecting substance abuse disorder services locally. I am planning on attending the “SW Oregon Opioid Summit” on October 27, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM in North Bend area. The sponsors, Western Oregon Advanced Health, LLC in partnership with the Oregon Coalition for the Responsible Us of Meds (OrCRM), believe that “The opioid epidemic demands an effective regional approach that reflects the particular challenges  and opportunities that providers, health systems and communities face in the Southwest region of Oregon….”

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The summit will bring together stakeholders to identify the specific challenges and develop a Regional Action Plan to move discussion into action and create momentum for statewide change.

  • REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PILLS PRESCRIBED
  • EDUCATE PATIENTS AND THE PUBLIC
  • BETTER DISPOSAL OF DISUSED PILLS
  • EXPAND ACCESS TO TREATMENT SERVICES

I look forward to bringing my readers as much up-to-date current information to keep you informed of this community crises. If you are interested in learning more, and, perhaps, attending the Summit, go to www.orcrm.org.

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I have many readers asking “What can I do…I feel helpless…I am not a professional?”

Have you considered becoming a “Peer Support Specialist”(PSS)?  Imagine your personal life experiences in recovery from a mental health or substance use condition actually being used to help someone else. There is a State Certification training coming up in November that will allow you to support your peers in gaining hope and moving forward in their own recovery journeys.

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Peer specialists may work in a variety of different settings: work alongside mental health providers in clinical settings such as hospitals and crisis centers; work in independent, peer-run organizations; work on support teams in housing agencies or employment organizations; work on case management in social agencies.

There will be a local six day Peer Support Specialist Certification Training coming in November at the Laurel Hill Center in Eugene. There are limited scholarships available to cover the tuition for the training. This is a great opportunity for any of you that are interested in helping the  people of our community heal through your lived experiences. For additional information to take advantage of this training, contact josesotogates@gmail.com.

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Finally, if you are a survivor of mental illness, homeless, confused about the health system, or, don’t feel your needs are being taken seriously in our community, there is an opportunity for your voice to be heard at the Lane County Consumer/Survivor Advisory Council that meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Lane County Behavioral Health Building. Public is welcome, and, your concerns will be heard and passed on to decision makers.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

 

Glad we talked about this. Of course, it is just my opinion.

 

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