NY State OASAS Grant Enables Launch by WNY United

By Lydia Bernatovicz

Addiction touches many lives—and finding resources to properly cope with addiction can be a daunting task.

Last fall, WNY United, an organization dedicated to help train and mobilize local communities to help prevent alcohol, tobacco, and substance abuse received a grant from NY State OASAS to develop a region-wide coalition of community stakeholders across Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus counties which make up the Western Region Addiction Resource Collaborative. With this funding, WNY United was able to redesign the WNY Chemical Dependency Consortium’s website to make it a more comprehensive resource accessible for its users.

The new website is located at www.wnycdc.com.

“The launch of www.wnycdc.com represents a great step forward in recognizing the multitude of resources on chemical dependence there are in the community,” said Nicole Aloisio, MPH, Care Coordination Assistant at Millennium Collaborative Care, who has been working with MCC partners and WNY United on the launch of the website.

The updated website collects links to local and national resources—everything from drop boxes for needles to awareness training materials and dedicated speakers. The site also features a section for local coalitions to apply and receive support for their projects that help the community address substance abuse problems. These resources aim to help with the prevention, treatment, and recovery of chemical dependence.

Nicole Aloisio, Care Coordination Assistant at Millennium Collaborative Care

“Millennium has been working with their partners to add to the resources provided on the WNYCDC website,” added Nicole Aloisio. “They are working to ensure that everyone, regardless of how addiction affects them, has access to the most up-to-date resources.”

“The website www.wnycdc.com is a valuable tool for everyone to use,” said Kate Chudoba, Marketing Communications Manager, WNY United. “The site contains lists of Resources, broken down into Local and National, as well as by county for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Lists of available Trainings, as well as a Speakers Bureau and current Materials can be found on the site.”

WNY Chemical Dependency Consortium
The WNY Chemical Dependency Consortium is an organization that works to assist in the development of accessible, cost effective, wrap-around continuum of care for people struggling with chemical dependency by assisting with prevention, treatment, recovery, education, housing, training and research services. They service Erie, Niagara, Allegheny, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.

WNYCDC partners with over 25 local health organizations, including Millennium Collaborative Care, to help provide these services by working to develop the care process for people struggling with addiction. These agencies range from rehabilitation centers to counselors and community groups.

WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse
WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Inc. is a primary substance abuse prevention and education agency designed to increase awareness, educate and mobilize a broad cross-section of individuals and gro ups to participate actively in proven strategies to prevent substance abuse. Consistent with the latest research, WNY United recruits, develops and supports partnerships with schools, communities and businesses that work on creative and comprehensive solutions to problems caused by alcohol and other drug abuse. Contact: Kate Chudoba, Marketing Communications Manager
Office 716-821-7722 ext 314 kchudoba@wnyunited.org

For more information about substance abuse resources in the WNY area visit www.wnycdc.com and www.wnyunited.org.

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