West Side Youth Development Coaliton
Our new Coalition Coordinator Alessandra Duarte and Director William Wieczorek were proud to represent WSYDC at CADCA 28th Annual Leadership Forum in Washington DC. Along with other wonderful WNY Coalitions, Alessandra met with members of congress to advocate for the work we do in our communities. Special thanks to Chuck Schumer D-NY for taking time to address NYS coalition members! #CADCA #CADCA2018 #ChrisCollins #SenatorGillibrand
Nice evening with families and friends at West Side Community Center's Family Night. A great meal and fun activities for kids! Great staff and facility!
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!!REMINDER!! This Thursday is our Quarterly Meeting at West Side Community Services 6:00-7:30pm. We hope to see you there!

Thu 6:00 PM EDT
35 people interested

A bit of a drive for our community members, but the event looks like a great opportunity to learn about youth drug prevention and it IS open to the public!

Tue 7:00 PM EDTClarence High SchoolClarence, NY

Really great resource for any fellow prevention coalitions and members interested in how prevention works!

Are you involved in prevention efforts to address the opioid crisis? Check out Prevention Conversations--a new video series from SAMHSA’s CAPT that showcases innovative approaches for opioid misuse and overdose prevention. WATCH:…

Prevention Conversations is a series of short videos produced by SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). Hear SAMHSA preventio...

Really great PSA that brings awareness to youth opioid addiction without creating stigma. Here at WSYDC we're working hard to ensure we prevent young people from ever having to expierence addiction.
#preventionmatters #opioidepidemic #youthandopioids

Kathryn Prescott’s ‘Dear You’ Short Film Highlights The Prevalence Of Opioid Addiction Amongst America’s Youth With Devastating Realism

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The more money a physician receives from an opioid manufacturer, the more likely he or she is to prescribe opioids, according to an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University's schools of medicine and public health.
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WNY Independent Living Inc. (WNYIL)


TITLE: Addict to Addict Family to Family-Family Peer Support Specialist (PT)

DESCRIPTION: Provide rapid family peer support services t...o individuals’ family being treated in Hospital Emergency Rooms throughout Erie County, due to a substance use medical emergency.

1. Provide peer contact, to patients’ family, presenting in Emergency Rooms, due to substance use, who are referred to the team by medical personnel.
2. Meet individual’s family admitted to the emergency room, for substance use disorders, and inform them about recovery and resources available in addressing emergency.
3. Provide Peer counseling to patient’s family in making informed decisions regarding seeking help.
4. Provide information and referral to individual and family supporters in navigating services available to prevent reoccurrence.
5. Be a liaison with hospital, treatment, family and community providers in linking individuals to proper support in the community.
6. Facilitate at least two Community Forums per month, throughout Erie County, in addressing the needs of dealing with Substance Use Disorder.
7. Provide immediate follow through for the family, in making initial contact with positive community and/or medical supports.
8. Be a liaison and advocate with existing medical and community supports regarding family needs.
9. Provide peer support during times when traditional treatment services are unavailable, which includes after business hours, weekends and some holidays.
10. Provide the peer perspective to professional providers and family supporters in an effort to understand the perspective of the individual being served.
11. Communicate and collaborate with professional providers the activities being done with the individuals being served.
12. Empower individual’s family being served to make fully informed decisions.
13. Responsible, when on call, to respond to calls from WNYIL’s answering service in a timely manner.
14. Accurately document consumer services and required paperwork in WNYIL's SPR database, as well as the Consumer Service Record (CSR), within two (2) business days of the date of service.
15. Maintain a neat, clean and safe work environment.
16. Perform any other duties as deemed legally and ethically necessary by the Supervisor.

SUPERVISION: Works under the direct supervision of Addict to Addict Family to Family Team Leader.

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE: Must at all times perform in a professional, conscientious and efficient manner for the purpose of ensuring a better quality of life for persons with disabilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have a Bachelor's Degree in a Human Services related major and one (1) year experience working in a Human Services setting or an Associate's degree with three (3) years experience working in a Human Services setting or must have two (2) years paid experience working as a peer in a Peer Run Agency. Must be computer literate and be capable of typing at least 35 words per minute. Life experience may be considered in lieu of, in full or part of academic credentials. Must have a valid driver's license and vehicle. Former substance use individuals in substantial recovery are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities.

Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

(Western New York Independent Living, Inc. is a Scent Free Organization.)

CLOSING DATE: March 21, 2018

Tina Brown, CHRO/CCO
WNY Independent Living, Inc.
3108 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214

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Come join WSYDC at our quarterly meeting at West Side Community Services. We will be introducing our new PFS Coordinator for the coalition, Alessandra Duarte and developing task-specific work groups. Work Groups include:

1. WSYDC Media Messaging Campaign (increasing youth perception of the risk of using prescriptions, mostly opiates, when not prescribed to them.)- Implementation and Marketing Strategies.
2. Drug Drop Box/ Take Back- (National Prescription Drug T...ake Back Day is on April 28th) - Development of messages/how to increase community use of local drug drop boxes.
3. Recruitment- "Many hands make light work" How can we involve more people to make our community healthier?


As always, refreshments will be provided. So we may plan accordingly, please RSVP no later than Thursday March 15th. RSVP through this event or by emailing Jon Lindner at

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Thu 6:00 PM EDT
35 people interested

For any of our Burmese coalition and community members. Please share!

Burmese Community Services

Dear Community Members:
We have learned that some refugees in the U.S. who were processed in Malaysia and who are from Burma have received letters from USCIS fo...r an interview to confirm identity documents.
If you or your community members have received a letter from USCIS about an identity interview, please know that legal help is available.
A meeting is scheduled for this Saturday with representatives from International Institute of Buffalo, Journey’s End Legal Services and the Office of New Americans.
LOCATION: 165 Germain St, Buffalo NY, 14207 (Hossana Zomi Christian Church)
DATE and TIME: 03/10/18 @11 am

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Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) added 15 new photos — in Erie County, New York.

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday's moving Black Balloon Day remembrance. Here are some photos from the event.

The West Side Youth Development Coalition would like to thank everyone who came out last night in support of #BlackBalloonDay. We are hopeful through prevention and treatment, one day, there will be no need for a black balloon day.
#opioidepidemic #opioidprevention

The power of addiction was felt Tuesday night in Downtown Buffalo, Tuesday night. Black balloons surrounded families who have lost loved ones to opioid addiction in front of the Erie County Building.
A third of hospital admissions were in kids younger than 6.

Check out the upcoming events at Lafayette Community Highschool. Every Saturday during the month of March. The events are free and breakfast and lunch are provided!

"The number of Erie County residents dying from opioid drug overdoses fell last year, reversing a lethal body count trend for the first time since 2013."
While any deaths are unacceptable, this gives hope that through treatment and prevention we can reduce addiction and overdose in our communities.

The Health Department recorded 273 suspected and confirmed opioid-related drug deaths in 2017. That's a drop from 301 deaths in 2016 but sti

Please join us in remembering those we have lost to overdose at Black Balloon Day next Tuesday.
WSYDC will have addiction prevention materials + resources available.
#blackballoonday #opioidepidemic #opioidprevention

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