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ADAMH Board Announces Week of Appreciation April 9-13, 2018 for Those on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic

The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board (ADAMH) Board and the Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross County Commissioners will gather around our five county board region next week to show our appreciation for those on the front lines of Ohio’s Opiate Epidemic.  With the message, “Bringing Help. Bringing Hope. Thank You”, pizzas are being delivered to first responders in appreciation to all of the individuals on the front lines who are working to eradicate the scourge of opiates, and help individuals coping with addiction recovery every day.

“We sponsored the Day of Appreciation because we see every day the difficulty and pain so many of our front-line fighters face as they work to help individuals in need. The positive impact that recovery from addiction can have on individuals, families, job growth, community safety, and overall economic development cannot be overstated,” stated Board Executive Director Penny Dehner.  “Treatment Works and People Recover, saving individuals and helping to open the door to recovery for those living in Ross County, who need treatment services.  Supports is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.  Our community will be stronger for it,” concluded Dehner.

We are looking forward to honoring first responders in each of our counties.  All five County Commissioners will present a resolution expressing their gratitude and appreciation to all community members working on the front lines in the fight against Ohio’s opioid epidemic.  A resolution from Governor Kasich will be read, as well as, a certificate of recognition for our county first responders from the Ohio Attorney General.  The following is our schedule for our Week of Appreciation Activities:

  • Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:45 am
    Ross County Law Enforcement Complex
    28 North Paint Street, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Fayette County EMS Complex
    115 East Temple Street, Washington CH, Ohio 43160
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm
    Pickaway County Commissioners Office
    139 West Franklin Street, Circleville, Ohio 45601
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Highland County Sheriff’s Office
    130 Homestead Ave #1, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Noon
    Pike County Commissioners Office
    230 Waverly Plaza #1000, Waverly, Ohio 45690

In addition, to our Day of Appreciation we want to help our first responders cope with the additional stress that comes along with being on the front lines.  Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual witnesses the firsthand trauma of others.  Its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  We will be providing a Secondary Trauma Symposium for the first responders in our board region.  The first will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at the Ross County Service Center in Chillicothe, Ohio and the second will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at Southern State Community College in Washington Court House, Ohio.  The attendees will learn coping skills and receive additional resources including a self-care video from the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.


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