BIG NEWS-Community Health Partners from Scotland were visiting the Focus on Renewal CRC to discuss community based solutions to addiction with Chartiers Center and our other community partners.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pittsburgh-Glasgow Project on Health Equity and Resilience (PGH-GLA Project,) a partnership of the Consumer Health Coalition with the Allegheny County Health Department, Resilient Pittsburgh, Resilient Glasgow, and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, have arranged for public health colleagues from Scotland to visit Pittsburgh and McKees Rocks the week of September 17th. Our hope is to connect local Pittsburgh leaders with our Glaswegian colleagues in an exchange of information on a variety of public health topics.
Wednesday, September 19th was devoted to understanding the complex landscape of substance use, substance use treatment, overdose prevention, and overdose response in Allegheny County. The Allegheny County Health Department hosted three sessions in the afternoon at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, a community that has been deeply affected by overdose and overdose-related issues. Rosi Albert, Chief Clinical Officer and Rod Willaman, COO of Recovery Treatment Services participated on behalf of Chartiers Center. Rod was one of the speakers sharing with the group the work of Chartiers Center Substance Abuse Outpatient Program and Chartiers’ role within the CRC related to client services. The conversation between local and global partners centered on various treatment options, issues relating to access to treatment, system navigation, and stigma reduction.
The day ended with a tour of the CRC. All would agree the opportunity to share and discuss options to community based treatment for addiction produced a lot of good ideas that our friends from Scotland will be taking home.