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Psychological Well being Affiliation in Chautauqua County (MHA) staffers Liz Witherspoon (left) and Jessica Crooks are navigators for Robust Begins Chautauqua, a life-saving initiative designed to assist pregnant ladies and younger kids. It resulted from a collaboration of practically three dozen companions, as described within the MHA’s latest publication.

The collaboration of 32 companies and colleges within the county has produced Robust Begins Chautauqua.

Chautauqua County has the fourth highest fee of kid poverty in New York state. It incorporates lower than one p.c of the state’s inhabitants, but accounts for 10% of state allegations of parental drug or alcohol misuse.

Maternal substance misuse throughout being pregnant can result in studying disabilities and low IQ, hyperactivity, poor capability to speak, and poor reasoning and judgment. Lifelong penalties might be points with college and social expertise, psychological well being, substance use, maintaining a job, and bother with the regulation.

Robust Begins Chautauqua, an initiative designed to assist pregnant ladies and younger kids, has two objectives:

¯ for all expectant ladies in Chautauqua County to have entry to prenatal training, care, and group help to advertise wholesome start outcomes and powerful futures for his or her kids, and

¯ for all kids aged start by means of 5 to have entry to assets and well timed, accountable care that assist them obtain their full potential.

Final fall the Psychological Well being Affiliation added two new restoration coaches to work as Robust Begins navigators. Liz Witherspoon and Jessica Crooks joined Allison Murphy and Dorothy Carlson, two MHA coaches already working with mothers. As navigators, the coaches help mothers by means of being pregnant and postpartum and get assist for his or her kids later. As the primary county within the state to take this method, Chautauqua County has created a technique that might grow to be a mannequin for New York state and throughout the nation.

The Psychological Well being Affiliation can also be collaborating within the Chautauqua Area Neighborhood Basis’s Give Huge CHQ. To donate, go to and seek for the Psychological Well being Affiliation.

Steven Cobb, Psychological Well being Affiliation govt director, mentioned a latest Appalachian Regional Fee grant is giving a lift to MHA’s OPEN (Occupational Peer Empowerment Community) program. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown and the MHA are working collectively on a brand new social enterprise that can function a coaching floor for individuals.

“Father Bernard’s Blessed Biscuits will quickly be up and working, so keep tuned,” Cobb mentioned. “There shall be extra information to come back!”

One other publication story describes Luis Rosa, MHA’s 2020 Inaugural Peer of the Yr, and the contribution he made to serving to folks with their journey to restoration, particularly these within the Hispanic group.

Different information objects embody donation of a van from UPMC Chautauqua, on-line Narcan coaching for the Cassadaga Job Corps Heart and the Jamestown Neighborhood Studying Council, and connections with the Jamestown Police Division’s Challenge Crossroads and Outpour Challenge.

A couple of of the greater than three dozen teams that meet on the MHA are talked about, like Crystal Meth Nameless, AA and NA, #MeToo, Southern Tier Queer Friends, Knitting for Wellbeing, Artwork in Restoration, PTSD, Suicide Prevention, Grasp Your Cash, Relapse Prevention, and Restoration Dharma.

To entry the MHA’s Spring Publication on-line, go to

For a printed copy, cease in on the Gateway Constructing Door 14, 31 Water Road in Jamestown, name (716) 661-9044, or e-mail

With packages in each Jamestown and Dunkirk, the Psychological Well being Affiliation in Chautauqua County is a peer restoration middle providing help teams and particular person teaching for folks seeking to enhance their lives, deepen wellness, thrive in restoration, or help these on a restoration path. Friends use their private tales to assist folks discover restoration in their very own lives in their very own manner.

All Psychological Well being Affiliation providers are free.

To study extra concerning the Psychological Well being Affiliation, name 661-9044 or go to or

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