How to recognize the signs of alcohol dependency and opioid addiction and where to get help will be the focus of two, free community education events organized by \ in Polk County and Floyd County in November.
The event in Polk County will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Polk County College and Career Academy, 167 Frank Lott Drive, Cedartown. The event in Floyd County will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Warehouse: West Rome Baptist Church, 914 Shorter Ave.
A free dinner will be provided but registration is required. Register online at www.floyd.org/willowbrooke.
The events will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a lecture and power point presentation for the first 20 minutes. A panel discussion will then take place and the public will be allowed to ask questions. Attendees will be given blank cards to write their questions for panelists without having to be identified. Anyone who wishes can ask a question in pubic.
“The events will mainly cover prevalence, common triggers, general symptoms to look for and how and where to respond when you or someone you love is dealing with addiction,” said Deb Price, with Willowbrooke Behavioral Health.
Highland Rivers Community Service Board (dba Highland Rivers Health) has received three-year accreditation for its outpatient, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and crisis services from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. It is the highest level of accreditation commission awards.
“This accreditation is a testament to the extraordinary commitment of the Highland Rivers team, across all levels of our organization, to making a real difference in the lives of the thousands of individuals we serve every year,” said Melanie Dallas, CEO of Highland Rivers. “I am extremely proud of this organization and proud the individuals we serve can be confident Highland Rivers Health provides top-quality treatment and recovery services in their communities.”
As part of the accreditation process, eight commission surveyors conducted a four-day onsite survey of 25 Highland Rivers programs, as well as agency facilities, staff and policies. Surveyors observed service delivery in the agency’s outpatient clinics, child and adolescent programs, group homes, crisis units and day programs, among others.
In addition, they conducted in-person interviews with agency executives, board members, staff and individuals receiving services from Highland Rivers, as well as a comprehensive review of the agency’s policies, procedures and compliance standards for state and federal healthcare regulations.
According to the accreditation report, Highland Rivers is a strong organization that offers a high level of care to persons served, and community partners “applaud the organization for its professionalism and availability to provide outstanding services to the community at large.”
Highland Rivers has been accredited since 2003 and, prior to this year, had received three-year accreditation from CARF in 2014. The current accreditation is effective through September 2020.