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From the Delaware County Substance Use Task Force.   

2nd Annual Addiction Action Summit

THANK YOU to all the attendees who joined us on Friday, January 24th from 8:30-3:00 at the MTC Community Center, Margaretville, NY 12455

People from every part of the Catskills community — Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties — will gather at the second annual Addiction Action Summit: Planning Our Community’s Response on January 24, 2020 in Margaretville. 
The Catskills region has been especially hard-hit by the national opioid overdose crisis. For years, the number of people dying here from opioid-related overdoses has been much higher than the state and national average. 
In 2016 and 2018, all four of the Catskills counties in our region — Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster — had some of the highest fatal overdose rates in New York State. In 2016, Ulster County led the state in overdose deaths. In Delaware County in 2016, the rate of neonatal withdrawal syndrome — newborns with neonatal withdrawal syndrome who are affected by parental use of opioids — in  was the worst in New York State. In 2018, Sullivan County’s death rate spiked alarmingly to rival some of the highest overdose rates in the entire country. 
In 2018, members of our community organized the Catskills Addiction Coalition (CAC) to respond to the crisis. In January 2019, the CAC organized its first Community Action Summit, which attracted over 100 people to the Margaretville Telephone Company conference center in Margaretville. 
Many groups and projects came out of the ideas and connections generated at that summit, including two grants: a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) obtained by Margaretville Hospital, a part of the Westchester Medical Center WMCHealth Network; and a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation "Collaborative Communities" grant obtained by the CAC. 
The 2020 Community Action Summit will feature a “Voices of People in Recovery” panel of community members who will talk about their experiences with addiction and recovery in the Catskills. We will report on progress made since the 2019
Community Action Summit on preventing addictions and improving treatment and recovery services in the Catskills region. 
The 2020 Summit will also serve as a springboard to organize and strengthen our community’s response to the crisis. People from all parts of the Catskills community will work together to identify needs and gaps in our region’s opioid response and develop strategies for the coming one to three years.  
People and organizations from all sectors of our community, including youth, people who use drugs, people who consider themselves in recovery, members of the general public, small businesses, community organizations and professionals who work in fields like healthcare, policing, educaiton and social services, will be invited to break into small groups to tackle specific projects: 
housing mental health recovery-friendly businesses criminal justice stigma and education youth engagement pharmacist education local treatment options (certified recovery peer advocates, drug use screening at hospitals, medication-assisted treatment in the community, targeted naloxone (narcan) training and distribution, harm reduction efforts, creating local substance use clinics, care coordination, drug use help lines)

Rural Communities Opioid Response Grant

Margaretville Hospital, which is part of the Westchester Medical Center WMCHealth Network, was awarded a $200,000 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Planning grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in May 2019. [Link to grant:]


The RCORPs Planning Grant funds the strengthening and expanding of a community consortium that aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from substance use disorders in the Catskills region of upstate New York. The hospital, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Roxbury Central School and the Catskills Addiction Coalition are the four founding members of this consortium, which is now known as the expanded Catskills Addiction Coalition. By May 2020, when the granting period ends, the CAC plans to add partners to this coalition, making it a strong and flexible group that will collaborate across disparate communities and organizations to create innovative and sustainable solutions to the opioid epidemic in upstate New York. 


The RCORPs Planning Grant requires that the CAC create a Needs Assessment, a Strategic Plan, a Sustainability Plan, and a Workforce Development plan for healthcare and wellness providers in the region. These reports are due periodically throughout the year, and will all be done along with a final grant report by May 2020. 


The CAC plans to apply for a HRSA RCORPs Implementation Grant in April 2020, which would allow it to implement the plans it creates during the planning year. [Link to grant]


The CAC meets quarterly as a group, but does most of its work in its various committees. A partial list of committees is below:


Youth Engagement/School Committee

Law Enforcement — Community Referrals Committee

Medication Assisted Treatment and Counseling Committee

Prevention/Mental Health Committee (works with Delaware County Drug Use Task Force Prevention Committee):

Recovery Coach Committee:

Communication, Data and Outreach Committee

Transportation Committee

Housing Committee

Summit Planning/Steering Committee



Craig DuMond, the Delaware County Sheriff, hosted a meeting of the Criminal Justice Committee of the Catskills Addiction Coalition on Friday, Nov. 15 to discuss bail reform in Delaware County.

Representatives from Delaware County Department of Social Services, Margaretville Hospital, Delaware County Public Health, the Delaware County Drug Use Task Force, Friends of Recovery Delaware-Otsego, Delaware County Treatment Court, the New York State Police, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County and the Catskills Addiction Coalition discussed how policing in Delaware County will change in January 2020 because of New York's new bail reform law, which is designed to prevent people from being held in jail for non-violent charges while they await trial. 

Officials from the New York State Police, Delaware County Probation and the Delaware County Sheriff's Office explained their concerns that bail reform will give them less control over people who use drugs, thereby making it harder for anyone seeking treatment to get help through the criminal justice system.

Then folks from community organizations discussed how they can collaborate with the police to offer support to both law enforcement and to people who use drugs when they encounter law enforcement, perhaps through better communication and coordination, or the establishment of a 
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. 

November 15, 2019 Law Enforcement Committee Meeting

A Campaign for Public Transportation in Delaware County

One of the major factors in determining the health of people in a rural community is transportation; or the lack of it.

We’re organizing a grassroots Delaware County Public Transportation group that is lobbying public officials to fund and support public transportation, updating a plan for the county’s public transportation, and coordinating and encouraging individual county organizations to create pilot transportation projects in the county. We held a Delaware County transportation stakeholders meeting in collaboration with the Delaware County Office of the Aging on Oct. 28, 2019 at the Delaware County Board of Supervisors Boardroom. 

To get involved, join the Delaware County Public Transportation group on Facebook: Or email Julia Reischel at


May 10th, 2019

The Coalition is pleased to announce that we received a $20,000 award to "share learnings" with Delhi on how we both can become "recovery-friendly communities". The grant will be for one year and will support meetings, trainings, and background work to support some of the priorities we identified at the January Summit. The funding is through the Collaborative Communities initiative led by Health By Design and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



Check Them Out


December 3rd, 2019

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) led a training tailored to first responders at Margareville Hospital on Dec. 3, 2019. Eight people attended, including representatives of the Margaretville Fire Department, the Catskill Recreation Center, the Mountaintop Cares Coalition and the Discover Life Ministry at the Huntersfield Christian Training Center. 

The audience was engaged and interested and asked relevant questions, and the trainer seemed especially pleased that when she asked if anyone was forced to be there by their job, nobody raised their hands. Folks were there because they wanted to be there. This attendance shows that there is an interest and a need for these trainings in the community. 


July 30, 2019

A breakfast meeting for business leaders in the Catskill Region to discuss a model of hiring people in recovery that has been successful in Oneonta and Delhi. The meeting was designed to examine the model's success in building a committed and stable workforce, discuss any concerns business owners may have, and explore next steps in bringing the model the Eastern Delaware County and surrounding counties.


March 25-30, 2019

Recovery Coaching is a form of strength-based supports for persons in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs, and other addictions. Similar to life and business coaching, Recovery Coaching (also known as peer mentoring) is a type of partnership where the person in or seeking recovery self directs his/her recovery while the coach provides expertise in supporting successful change.


January 17, 2019

A  Community Action Summit was held on January 18th, 2019 in Margaretville, NY, which began the work of preventing and treating addictions in our region. All sectors of our communities, including young people, were invited to participate. We had a very successful meeting, with over 100 community members in attendance! 

Our coalition along with community members developed multiple action plan groups including: 
1. Moving Upstream to Create an Engaging and Supportive Community for Youth – What are ways to engage youth in our region in constructive activities that enrich their lives and develop them as young adults?
2. Treatment Services – How do we ensure that anyone who wants addiction treatment in our region is able to access it and have options that can be individualized for them (e.g., residential treatment programs and outpatient medication assisted treatment)?
3. Criminal Justice System – What are the ways that the criminal justice system can expedite people accessing treatment and recovery services, as well as helping to prevent substance users from becoming addicted?
4. The Role of Business in Prevention and Recovery – Whether youth training programs or preparing businesses to successfully hire and retain people in recovery, what can business do to ensure that it has the workforce it needs and a thriving community?
5. Creating a Recovery Community – How can we improve access to recovery services and do a better job of coordinating and communicating about treatment and recovery services for people in recovery from addiction?
6. Recovery Coaches in Our Region – How can we recruit, train and use recovery coaches in our region?
7. Addiction Education – What do we need to do to improve the education of youth and adults about addictive substances, the development of addictions, and the recovery journey?
8. Improving transportation in the region. 

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