The Most Important Meal Returns on Oct 28!

September 12th, 2018

Our “endless cereal buffet” returns to the Fishkill Recreation Center on Sunday, October 28th from 9:30 to 12 noon. Get your fill with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring an array of cereals with mix-ins and topping galore, a variety of Hudson Valley Fresh milks, oatmeal, and fresh fruit, plus coffee provided by the Crafted Kup, tea and juices. We’ll also have a silent auction with lots of fun items, and everyone takes home a souvenir bowl.

“The Most Important Meal” is presented this year by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Tickets are $30 each but kids under 12 can eat for free. This is a great event for families–Halloween costumes encouraged!

We’ll devote the proceeds to our emergency food closets so everyone can feel good about chowing down on a Sunday morning.

You can also opt to purchase a table of 10 for only $200 ($10 off each ticket) and we’ll recognize all our table captains at the event. You can also place an ad or greeting on our placemats and in our slideshow presentation.

Get your tickets!

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors!

Title Sponsor:

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Major Support From:

Silver Spoon Sponsors

 

HealthQuest

Network Synergy

RBT

Ruge's Automotive

Stop & Shop

Milk & Cereal Sponsors

Central Hudson

Superior Sounds

Hudson Valley Fresh
M. Furman Printing
Crafted Kup

 

Press from HVCS’ International Overdose Awareness Day Event

September 4th, 2018
HVCS' Overdose Awareness Day

Devan Marano shares her personal story at the Overdose Awareness Day observance in Newburgh.

On Friday, August 31, 2018, Hudson Valley Community Services partnered with Catholic Charities’ TEAM Newburgh to hold a local observance of International Overdose Awareness Day in front of HVCS’ Newburgh office.

International Overdose Awareness Day is an annual global event held on August 31st which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. International Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

The opioid/heroin addiction crisis has had a profound impact on the Hudson Valley over the past few years. In 2016, 367 residents died from opioid overdoses according to the New York State Heroin and Opioid Task Force, and available data on the first three quarters of 2017 suggests similar totals for last year. The epidemic has had a lasting impact on friends, families and neighborhoods—not to mention those who struggle with addiction. HVCS, other healthcare and social support agencies, law enforcement, and local governments have committed resources to prevent overdose deaths, increase the number of residents who seek help for their addiction disorders, and stem the tide of this epidemic. This event was an opportunity to honor and remember those we have lost to addiction disorders via overdose, and continue to educate the community on available resources.

The Hudson Valley’s International Overdose Awareness Day event featured a forum for personal experience speakers, Narcan trainings, educational opportunities, tributes to those lost to overdose, a social media awareness wall, activities to engage children and youth, and free snacks.

Check out local press coverage of the event:

Spectrum News: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/hudson-valley/news/2018/08/31/overdose-awareness-day-hudson-valley

Times Herald Record: Story (http://www.recordonline.com/news/20180831/overdose-survivors-impart-lifesaving-training) and slide show (http://www.recordonline.com/photogallery/TH/20180831/PHOTOGALLERY/831009999/PH/1)

HVCS’ Frank Barone To Speak At Sullivan Co Opioid Abuse Conference

August 9th, 2018

HVCS’ Frank Barone, a member of our Syringe Exchange Program staff, will be on the panel at the upcoming 2018 Sullivan County Opioid Abuse Prevention Conference at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Frank is one of the featured local speakers and his segment is entitled, “I Was Twelve: My Story of the Road to Recovery.”

Get all the details and register for the conference here.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Provides a $10K Grant To Support Our Clients

August 9th, 2018

Broadway Cares red bucketBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS recently awarded HVCS a $10,000 grant to help support our Client Assistance Program, which includes our emergency food and toiletry closets. This grant will be used to help more than 150 clients by providing personal care items, toiletries, and household cleaning products (including laundry detergent). Most of us consider these items to be basic necessities but are luxuries for our low-income clients.

The majority of the clients CAP serves are low income, and they typically spend 50% (30% is considered affordable) of their monthly gross income on rent payments. After the rent payment, monthly food purchases and utility payments are made, there is little or no money left to afford basic toiletries, household cleansers and laundry products.

These basic items are not funded by government or private assistance programs. For example, the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP), which many of these clients are eligible for, does not cover personal hygiene and cleaning products, leaving many without access to these items. These items, however, are necessary not only to maintain a clean and stable home, but to bolster one’s personal health and wellbeing.

CAP also assists our HIV-positive housing program participants. When they move into new housing, the program is able to provide basic cleaning supplies so they can move into a sanitary environment.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

We are extremely grateful for the ongoing assistance from BC/EFA and its fundraisers, such as the Hudson Valley Dance Festival.

HVCS Takes On New Housing Program in Lower Hudson

July 5th, 2018

Recently, the New York City Department Of Health  approached HVCS with a request to take over the Tri-County Ryan White Part A Housing Program (in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties) based upon our outstanding history of serving HIV-positive homeless and unstably housed individuals. We agreed and are happy to announce the program is officially up and running under the watchful eye of Program Supervisor, Veronica Ingram-Henry, and Housing Specialist, Jessica Noble. The program can assist eligible HIV-positive clients with short-term rental assistance, utilities and telephone service, and moving expenses to secure or maintain stable housing. Eligibility is based upon HIV status, residency, and income. For more information, please contact Program Supervisor, Veronica Ingram-Henry at (845) 247-5735 or vhenry@hudsonvalleycs.org.

The HomeStarter program is also available for Rockland County residents.

Naloxone Co-Payment Assistance Program Available from NYS

June 12th, 2018

As a result of the opioid epidemic, the Surgeon General issued an advisory to emphasize the importance of expanding the awareness and availability of naloxone. Opioid overdose deaths have been on a steady incline in New York State (NYS) and have increased by 180% from 2010 to 2016.1 Knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life.

Within NYS there are over 2,100 pharmacies that can dispense naloxone with a standing order. Additionally, NYS has implemented the Naloxone Co-Payment Assistance Program, (N-CAP). N-CAP provides co-payment and cost-sharing assistance to people with prescription coverage as part of their health plan to cover co-payments and cost-sharing for naloxone up to $40, providing lower or no out of pocket costs.

Key elements of accessing naloxone at pharmacies include:

  • Individuals can get naloxone at a pharmacy with a standing order and do not need a prescription. They ask for naloxone at the pharmacy counter and present their insurance information and an N-CAP palm card.
  • Individuals are not required to enroll in N-CAP.
  • Individuals who cannot access naloxone through a pharmacy can access naloxone through registered opioid overdose prevention programs, including individuals using naloxone in the line of duty and people who are uninsured. For a directory of Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs, please click here.
  • Pharmacies eligible for co-payment reimbursement for naloxone must participate in the NYS AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
  • N-CAP promotional materials are available to order; we encourage you to display these and share them with your clients.

We play an important role in addressing this public health crisis. I am asking for your support to save lives from fatal opioid overdoses by encouraging people to carry naloxone. Thank you for the work you do to maintain the health of all New Yorkers.

If a pharmacy you work with is interested in a standing order, or have other questions, please contact: naloxonepharmacy@health.ny.gov.

Otisville PACE Team Holds Food Drive for HVCS

June 1st, 2018

These are photos of a recent food and toiletry drive held for HVCS. The surprising part? The drive was organized by members of the Otisville Correctional Facility’s Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE) program. Instead of holding a walk-a-thon and asking fellow inmates to donate cash, they collected these non-perishables. They were so dedicated to their annual PACE Walk that they held it in heavy rain on May 19th! Thanks to the PACE team at Otisville–you’re inspiring!

New Sullivan Co Helpline Ad Features HVCS Employee Frank Barone

May 21st, 2018

Frank BaroneFrank Barone, HVCS’ Syringe Exchange Program Prevention Specialist, recently recorded a public service ad for the Sullivan County Helpline. In less than a minute, you’ll get a sense of Frank’s past and why he’s so passionate about his work here at HVCS.

Frank has been a panelist and speaker at several recent conferences and town halls about the opioid epidemic, with more speaking engagements to come.

Thanks to the Sullivan County Health Department for sharing this with us, and for partnering with HVCS to reach more people with addiction disorders in Sullivan County.

Please take our Spring 2018 Donor Survey!

May 11th, 2018

We want to hear from you. Please take our 2-Minute Donor Survey.

 Hudson Valley Community Services would love to hear your thoughts on aspects of our fundraising efforts. As a supporter, your insight, experiences and impressions are vital as we tailor our plans for the remainder of 2018.

This 9 question survey only takes 2 minutes to complete, and it’s 100% anonymous. Help us effectively support more of our clients and provide enhanced services by telling us how we’re doing. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

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HVCS Joins the CBHS Independent Practice Association

April 24th, 2018

Hudson Valley Community Services is excited to announce that we have joined Coordinated Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), an Independent Practice Association (IPA). CBHS is an association of Hudson Valley providers which negotiates contracts for services directly with Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). (In case you’re unfamiliar with that term, an MCO is a health insurance company like MVP or Fidelis).

Joining an IPA will potentially allow us to reach more clients and tap into additional revenue streams not available to us otherwise. Participating in an IPA also gives us a lot more visibility within the community and strengthens our connections. Finally, IPA membership will offer us new training opportunities.

“As healthcare systems become more and more aware of how a patient’s home, life and social networks fit into their healthcare, they’re turning to agencies like HVCS,” said Andrea Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director. “We call these factors the ‘social determinants of health.’ Joining CBHS enables us to remain competitive and help more clients reach their full potential.”

Stay tuned for more information as our collaboration with the other members within the CBHS association develops over time.