Oakland County to host free drive-thru Narcan training
PONTIAC, Mich. – The Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities is taking its Narcan training curbside to combat the rise in overdose deaths. To help combat this issue, the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities pivoted to provide virtual Narcan training and starting Friday, it is also offering drive up training. Every Friday from now until April 2, the Alliance will be conducting free drive-up/drive-thru Narcan training from noon to 2 p.m. at different host locations. In less than 10 minutes, participants will receive one-on-one training on the proper administration of intra-nasal Narcan. Each person participating will need to fill out a short survey in order to receive the Narcan during this event.
Focusing on Mental Wellness
The Medical Director of Oakland Community Health Network and the Director of Specialized Services for Youth at Oakland Family Services offer tips for families. Today we are dealing with an unusual level of stress, because pandemics dont happen every day, says Dr. Leonard Rosen, Medical Director at Oakland Community Health Network. Im hopeless, Im lost,' he says. Theres no such thing as perfect physical health, Rosen says. Some people who use substances are used to being isolated they may flourish and grow during this time, focusing on helping others.metroparent.com
The Stigma of Substance Use Disorders
The manager of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services at Oakland Community Health Network discusses ways for families to stop the stigma cycle. What will my family say?Who will find out?This could be the internal dialogue a person with a substance use disorder has prior to seeking treatment, says Crystal Mosby, manager of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services at Oakland Community Health Network and its because of the stigma attached to substance use disorders. I think sometimes we penalize people for going to ask for help, Mosby says. And for those struggling with a loved ones substance use disorder, talk to a counselor. Changing the conversationIn an effort to end the stigma associated with substance use disorders and seeking treatment, the state of Michigan recently kicked off its End the Stigma campaign.metroparent.com
Oakland County seeking residents for mental health services board
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. The Oakland Community Health Network is seeking applicants to fill four upcoming vacancies, according to a release from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. OCHN is a 12-member board that represents mental health service providers, recipients or primary consumers of mental health services, agencies or occupations involved with mental health services and the general public, according to the release. Applicants must be Oakland County residents and 18 years of age or older. OCHN is responsible for assuring the provision of services and support to children and adults with mental illness, emotional disturbances and developmental disabilities, the release states. The OCHN Board examines and evaluates the mental health needs of Oakland County and determines the public and non-public services necessary to meet those needs.Those interested can apply online at www.oakgov.com/boc, go to Committees & Authorities, then to Ad Hoc Committees. A link to the application is under the Oakland Community Health Network tab.