The Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program's mission is to assure that affordable, accessible and cost effective drug and alcohol services are made available to all Greene County residents. Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program implements this mission by assessing, planning, developing and coordinating programs and services to meet the County's drug and alcohol needs. These programs include: assessment, case management, intervention, treatment, prevention, education, DUI services, Tobacco Control, Gambling and Drug Free Community Coalition building. The Drug and Alcohol Program is an integral part of the Greene County Human Services Department as a sister entity to: Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Children and Youth Services, Childcare Information Services, Transportation, and other Human Services administered by the County.
2016 Law Day Video Contest from area schools for Judges Award:
Pictured left to right: Commissioner Blair Zimmerman; Dave Jones, Community Foundation Director for Greene County; Carmichaels junior Alexys Mann; Commissioner Dave Coder; Carmichaels senior Calyssa Lavery, and Commissioner Archie Trader
Our 2016 Annual Greene County Law Day was celebrated on Friday, April 29 at our Greene County Courthouse, while President Judge Farley Toothman and Judge Lou Dayich listen to Greene County's visiting Senior Judge Hiram Carpenter, the keynote speaker for Law Day, as he addressed the audience.
The Greene County Human Services Drug & Alcohol Program is pleased to announce an opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to compete in a new contest, the Judge’s Award. Every two years, students across the county participate in a survey, the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS). According to data from the 2013 PAYS, our county youth believe that laws and norms favor drug and alcohol use and that there are too few activities offered in our county that do not involve drugs and alcohol.
In an effort to address these perceptions, Judge Farley Toothman, along with various community members and agencies, has created the Judge’s Award, a video contest for area high school students. Each high school is encouraged to participate.
The following information briefing describes the video's submitted (To view the videos, you will need QuickTime or Mediaplayer (Adobe Flash) or some windows media software installed on your computer) NOTE: the video's are graphic!
BRIEF VIDEO DESCRIPTION:
Carmichaels High School
Elaine Kerr (11th grade) Laura Walker (11th grade)
Video shows many startling facts and statistics about drugs and alcohol abuse. These facts are to show what will happen if you abuse these substances. Hoping their video will help many people.
Jenna Cumpston (11th grade) Ryan Demchak (11th grade) Sara Halbert (11th grade) Rachel Hartley (11th grade) Hannah Hockin (11th grade) Jacob Huggins (11th grade) Luke Pecjak (11th grade) Riley Seward (11th grade) Gavin Uphold (11th grade) Melissa Yoder (11th grade)
Students video will be of them performing a skit that they wrote concerning taking prescription medication that are prescribed for other people. And how taking prescription pain medications can lead to illegal drug substance abuse.
The video demonstrates the negative side effects of drug use throughout a person's life. It will be set to an original song composed by one of the group members. Throughout the video, the first person point-of-view will show the perspective of a person that becomes addicted.
Students created a "Live Your Passion, Stay Drug Free" video showing different activities they participate in to stay drug/alcohol free. They have also chosen several activities and important things to them over drugs and alcohol.
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
Steps are being undertaken at Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program to transform our drug and alcohol service delivery system into one of recovery oriented systems of care. We are working toward the goal to establish a coordinated network of community based services and supports that is person centered and builds on the strengths and resiliencies of individuals, families, and communities to achieve abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life for those with or at risk of drug and alcohol or mental health problems.
Access to Greene County Drug and Alcohol Services:
A client can access services through the Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program by calling (724) 852-5276. Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program provides administrative case management services in the form of screenings, Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria (PCPC) Level of Care assessments (LOC), referrals to residential treatment services, intensive case management and coordination of treatment services to all of Greene County residents. A full continuum of direct drug and alcohol services are provided to Greene County residents through contracts with agencies licensed by the Pa Department of Health.
Such services include:
Long-term in-patient treatment
Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program acts in accordance with Federal regulation 45 C.F.R. 96.131 (a). The services provided directly by this agency and those services provided indirectly through contract are provided with preference as follows:
Pregnant injecting drug users
Pregnant substance abusers
Injecting drug users and
Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program offers Intensive Case Management (ICM) services. ICM services are designed for those individuals who present with multiple needs and lack the skills or resources to meet those needs. The two primary goals of intensive case management are: 1) to increase a client’s retention in and completion of drug and alcohol treatment in order to move clients toward recovery and self-sufficiency; and 2) to increase a client’s access to core services such as psychiatric care and secure living environments. For more information on ICM services call (724) 852-5276.
Greene County Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Provider:
Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc. (SPHS) C.A.R.E. Centers:
35 South West Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 Phone: 724-627-6108 / Toll-Free: 800-281-7150 / Fax: 724-627-9761 / Hotline: 800-281-7150
100 W. South Street, Carmichaels, PA 15320 Phone: 724-966-9440 / Toll-Free: 800-281-7150 / Fax: 724-627-9761 / Hotline: 800-281-7150
The C.A.R.E. Center is a private, nonprofit agency providing treatment for individuals and families facing drug and alcohol addictions and the situations stemming from those addictions. The C.A.R.E. Center views alcoholism and other chemical dependencies as a progressive illness that can destroy the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of everyone they touch. They also believe that the illness can be effectively arrested with appropriate intervention, education, and treatment. The C.A.R.E. Center offer individual, family, and group therapy to the chemically dependent person and to those affected by another’s chemical usage. Psychiatric evaluations and psychological testing are provided as needed.
Student Assistance Program (SAP):
Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program, and the Greene County School Districts participate together with the Student Assistance Program (SAP) in all five school districts. Through the SAP process, students with addiction issues or mental health problems are screened and assessed and may be seen during school hours in a confidential setting. Students have access to the school based treatment services through (CHILL) mental health services and/or CARE services for drug and alcohol counseling. The Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program SAP liaison attends most SAP meetings at all the schools and quarterly hosts the SAP Coordinating Council which is attended by any stakeholder interested in the SAP program.
Greene County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee:
The work of the Program is accomplished with the assistance of the Greene County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Greene County Human Services Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by the County Commissioners. Members are all community volunteers who advise the Department on community needs, planning and management of resources and services.
The D & A Advisory Committee meets nine times per year and provides public input and advice to the Greene County D & A Administration and Commissioners. The Advisory Committee reviews and provides input for the annual treatment plan as well as the annual report; oversees service delivery of the D & A system. Minutes are taken for each meeting, and are available for public review.
All Advisory Committee meetings are advertised in the local paper and are open to the public for participation. The Advisory Committee meets in the large conference room on the 3rd floor of the Fort Jackson Building at 4:00 pm, on the following 2016 dates:
Problem Gambling Prevention and Treatment in Greene County:
Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program is contracted with the SPHS C.A.R.E. Center, an approved DDAP provider of problem gambling services, at their out-patient office in Waynesburg. A certified problem gambling counselor is on staff and this counselor is available to serve Greene County residents. For more information call (724) 627-6108.
What is problem gambling? For most people, gambling is just another form of entertainment, like watching a movie or a football game. But for some, gambling becomes more than recreation. It becomes a problem that affects other areas of their lives, from their careers to their families.
People with gambling problems tend to bet more than they can afford to lose, max out credit cards and borrow money to gamble. In most cases they will deny having a problem, continuing to chase losses while isolating themselves from family and friends. Problem gamblers usually need to bet more money, more frequently, to get the same thrill as someone without a problem. Locked in denial, they keep rolling the dice despite suffering serious consequences.
Problem gambling comes in many forms. For example, some people might be able to play the slot machines at a casino with no problem, but have a problem with sports betting. Others are "binge gamblers" who may only bet once or twice a year, but completely lose control when they do gamble.
Definition of problem gambling:
Problem gambling is any type of gambling activity that disrupts other areas of your life, or the lives of the people around you. This includes school or work activities, relationships with family or friends, or your own physical and mental health.
For more information on problem gambling please visit:
The Greene County Tobacco Control Program offers a variety of services and resources to assist Greene County residents with tobacco use prevention and cessation. As a subcontractor of Tobacco Free SWPA, the Greene County Drug & Alcohol Services Program received funding from the Tobacco Settlement Fund for tobacco use prevention and cessation.
The Greene County Tobacco Coalition works to prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people; promote quitting among adults and young people; eliminate nonsmokers’ exposure to secondhand smoke; and identify and eliminate tobacco-related health disparities.
Programs and services offered through the Greene County Tobacco Control Program are:
The Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program (MSPP) (School Based Program)
Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) (School Based Program)
Why Animals Don’t Smoke (School Based Program)
The Bee Free Program (Telephone-Based and Group Cessation Program)
Not-on-Tobacco (NOT) (School Based Cessation Program)
Smokeless Saturdays (School Based Intervention Program)
Tobacco Retailer Enforcement Compliance Checks
Work site/work place smoking cessation services are available upon request
For more information on the Greene County Tobacco Control Program and its services, please call the Greene County Human Services Department at 724-852-5276.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Program:
Pennsylvania law requires any adult who is arrested for a DUI to complete a court reporting network (CRN) evaluation. Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program completes the CRN evaluations. Defendants will need to bring to the evaluation a fee of $50, which must be in the form of cash, money order or cashier’s check; driver’s license or photo ID; and the criminal complaint from the DUI arrest. DUI defendants also may need to complete a comprehensive drug and alcohol assessment, the necessity of which is determined at the time of the CRN evaluation. Call 724-852-5276 to schedule your CRN within three days of receiving your notification card from the Magistrate.
Blood alcohol content (BAC), also called blood alcohol concentration, blood ethanol concentration, or blood alcohol level is most commonly used as a metric of alcohol intoxication for legal or medical purposes.
Blood alcohol content is usually expressed as a percentage of alcohol (generally in the sense of ethanol) in the blood. For instance, a BAC of 0.10 means that 0.10% (one tenth of one percent) of a person's blood, by volume (usually, but in some countries by mass), is alcohol.
CRN is the Pennsylvania Alcohol-Highway Safety Program’s Court Reporting Network. It is a coordinated and integrated systems approach to the alcohol-highway safety problem and resultant driving under the influence (DUI) countermeasures in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The principal purposes of the Court Reporting Network (CRN) are: to provide a timely, computer-assisted pre-screening evaluation and profile report on all PA DUI offenders prior to disposition; to provide an interactive information system that links the various county DUI programs into a comprehensive statewide network; and to assist directors/managers in the planning, implementation monitoring of their countermeasures programs.
Drug and Alcohol Assessment
This service consists of a two hour assessment. This service may be mandated for anyone who has been charged with two, three, or four DUIs. This service may also be required by the court. A full Drug and Alcohol Assessment is required prior to sentencing if any one of the following applies:
If it is a second offense within the past 10 years
If your Blood Alcohol content (BAC) was .16 or greater
If you refused a (BAC) test
If you tested positive for a controlled substance
If the CRN Evaluation indicated a need for further evaluation for counseling or treatment
Alcohol Highway Safety School (Mandated for all DUI offenders)
This service is arranged after sentencing and consists of approximately 12.5 hours of education.
Based on CRN results and prior DUI history:
Outpatient Treatment: This service consists of two-intake sessions, six group sessions, and one exit session, for a total of 9 sessions/15 hours.
Repeat Offender Treatment: This service consists of six group counseling sessions, and one exit session, for a total of 15 sessions/28 hours. Clients may also be mandated to attend AA meetings.
Once you have completed the CRN and Drug and Alcohol Assessment and have been sentenced, you will need to contact the Probation Office at (724) 852-5250 to schedule your Alcohol Highway Safety School. Probation will then inform you of your next steps.
For more information regarding DUIs in Pennsylvania please click the following link for the PA DUI Association: padui.org
"Sober Saturday's" is an educational awareness program that Greene County Drug and Alcohol made available to District Magistrates, School Officials, and parents. This program offers a comprehensive screening and an educational component to clients who have been cited for underage drinking. Classes are scheduled for Saturdays and last 6 hours in duration. Call 724-852-5276 to schedule for the next available class or to receive more information on this program.
For more information on Sober Saturdays please click the following link to our brochure:
Greene County Drug and Alcohol Special Populations:
Re-entry/Criminal Justice involved:
Greene County Human Services employs a Forensic Re-entry Specialist to provide services to the criminal justice population which assists that population from repeating past behaviors and returning to the jail. Through a collaboration between SPHS C.A.R.E. and Greene County Drug and Alcohol Programs a specialized program has been created for our criminal justice involved clients called Integrated Reporting Center or (IRC).
The design of the (IRC) takes pieces of Treatment Count Models, Day Reporting Centers and Diversionary Programs and uses those in a way that most effectively meets the needs of criminal justice clients in Greene County. It serves as a hub to manage the behavioral health/human services needs of criminal justice clients in the County, while allowing the coordination of multiple systems to assure an integrated model of care and a client’s continuity of care.
The designated CARE criminal justice staff along with Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program staff and probation will be available every Tuesday from 8 AM until noon and will serve as the facilitator for activities. Staff will provide a weekly education group and will also bring in community resources as needed. The following are some of the groups that will be offered to the criminal justice clients:
Sexual Assault Awareness
Marital and Family Communication/Conflict Resolution
Linkage, Support, and Encouragement for AA/NA Meeting Attendance
Targeted Services to:
Adolescents under the age of 18: Greene County Drug and Alcohol Student Assistant Program (SAP) supports a Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol Student Assistance liaison to all five school districts. The (SAP) liaison works with the Children and Youth Services truancy worker and the truancy protocol in all schools. The Greene County Drug and Alcohol Prevention Staff offers many approved Department Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs within all five school districts. Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program facilitates referrals to outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities. For more information call (724) 852-5276.
Co-occurring Clients: To serve our co-occurring clients Greene County has an active Co-Occurring Disorder Council. That provides an interactive working forum that will collectively foster and support collaborative systems of care in order to ensure the well-being of co-occurring disorders individuals who reside in Greene County. The Co-Occurring Council assists individuals in developing a mutual treatment plan between all stakeholders that assures all programs an individual is involved in be operating under the same plan and goals. The program promotes the individual taking charge of their own life and directs the individual in ways that assist them in overcoming barriers that hinder a successful recovery. For more information call (724) 852-5276.
Transitioning age youth (ages 18 through 26): Greene County Drug and Alcohol Programs collaborates with many other Human Services Programs by participating in Co-Occurring Disorders in Teens (CODIT), Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), Systems of Care (SOC), Independent Living (IL), and the partnering with Greene County Human Services Housing Program homeless outreach worker. For more information call (724) 852-5276.
Older Adults (ages 60 and above): Greene County Drug and Alcohol offers this population a full continuum of D & A services. We collaborate and work with the Area Agency on Aging, Community Action Southwest Pa Senior Services. Greene County Drug and Alcohol makes referrals to Greene Cares which are services for adults, 55 years of age and older that are provided to enhance individualized recovery focused support such as; Community Treatment Team, Behavioral Health Mobile Out-patient, Behavioral Health Out-patient Treatment, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, and Blended Case Management. Greene County Drug and Alcohol offers prevention services to all six county senior centers. For more information call (724) 852-5276.
The following resources are available to our county citizens, but these programs are not sanctioned / not available through the Greene County Drug and Alcohol, Human Services Department. Greene County does not have any oversight over these programs, but certainly want to advertise these resources that are open/available to those looking for help.
What is the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Program?
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA members hold more than 61,000 meetings weekly in 129 countries. They offer recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings.
For more information on NA click the following link: www.na.org
You can also click www.na.org/index.php?ID=home-content-fm to find other NA meeting locations. The following information is provided for the Greene County "Narcotics Anonymous" (NA) group meeting locations and times.
Waynesburg Beginners Group of Narcotics Anonymous
Sundays at 6:00 PM "Text" Discussion Open Arms Drop-in Center 30 North Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
STEPS Inside Recovery Club:
Mondays at 7:00 PM Open meeting for NA 1790 Morris Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Mailing address: PO Box 647, Waynesburg, PA 15370)
Rogersville Group of Narcotics Anonymous
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM "It Works, How & Why" Text Discussion Rogersville United Methodist Church, 102 Church Street, Rogersville, PA 15359
Carmichaels Group of Narcotics Anonymous
Thursdays at 8:00 PM "Literature" Discussion St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 224 South Market Street, Carmichaels, PA 15320
County disclaimer: " is a support group that services the County D&A Program, thus the county is only helping with advertising the meeting dates.
What is the Nar-Anon?
The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a Twelve-Step Program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength, and hope. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend.
Nar-Anon members are relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problem of another. Nar-Anon's program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of Service.
County disclaimer: "Nar-Anon is a support group that services the County D&A Program, thus the county is only helping with advertising the meeting information."
What is the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Program?
Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
For more information on AA click the following link: www.aa.org. For information on District 14 activities click the following link: www.district14.info. The following information is provided for the Greene County "Alcoholics Anonymous" (AA) group meeting locations and times.
STEPS Inside Recovery Club:
Meetings are Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 12:00 Noon and Friday nights at 8:00 PM; they are all open meetings.
1790 Morris Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Mailing address: PO Box 647, Waynesburg, PA 15370)
The purpose of STEPS Inside is to create and make available an environment where those in recovery can meet, socialize and share how recovery works. For more information, call 724-852-5395.
On Tuesdays and Fridays the 12:00 noon meetings are at the Methodist Church located at 112 Richhill Street in Waynesburg and they are open meetings as well.
On Tuesdays at 7:30 PM Big Book Study Group at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 101 W. South St, Carmichaels (Open Meeting)
County disclaimer: "AA is a support group that services the County D&A Program, thus the county is only helping with advertising the meeting information."
What is the Al-Anon Program?
The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. They do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. --Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.
For more information please click the following link: www.pa-al-anon.org The following information is provided for the Greene County "AL-ANON" group meeting location and time.
Every Monday at 7:00 PM at St. George Church, Fifth and Bonar Ave., Waynesburg
County disclaimer: Al-Anon is a support group that services the County D&A Program, thus the county is only helping with advertising the meeting information."
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370