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Drug and Alcohol Program

Overview

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.

The 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.

Contact Information

Fort Jackson Building
49 South Washington Street
3rd floor
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Department Contacts:

Melissa Kirk
Drug & Alcohol Director

About the Program

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Greene County Drug and Alcohol Program believes:
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 having, drug and alcohol or mental health problems.
 

Anyone can become addicted. Anyone!

The U.S. is in the midst of an epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose. Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled since 1999. Deaths from heroin have tripled in the last five years. Pennsylvania has a higher overdose rate than most states.

The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) realizes immediate action needs to be taken to prevent opiate abuse.

The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance invites you to work together to stop prescription drug abuse and opiate overdose in our county and state. Visit http://pastop.org/downloadable-media-products/ to find an array of downloadable media materials approved by the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to utilize to help inform and educate the public about how to combat these serious problems and where to seek help.

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:
- Out-patient
- Intensive out-patient
- Detoxification
- Non-Hospital Rehabilitation
- Hospital Rehabilitation
- Long-term in-patient treatment
- Halfway House

The 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
All others

The 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.

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 offers 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.

The 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.

 For more information on the Greene County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee click HERE.

Meeting at a glance 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 Drug and Alcohol Advisory Committee meets nine times per year and provides public input and advice to the Greene County Drug and Alcohol Administration and the Greene County Commissioners.

The Advisory Committee reviews and provides input for the annual treatment plan as well as the annual report, and 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 media and are open to the public for participation.

Addictions and Substances Programs and Services

The 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:

    PA Gambling Helpline — 1-877-565-2112

    PA Gaming Control Board — www.pgcb.state.pa.us

    Gambler’s Anonymous — www.gamblersanonymous.org

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.
 

"Sober Saturdays" is an educational awareness program that the 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 Pennsylvania’s underage drinking law, please click the following link: votesmart.org/bill/15850.
 

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.

Court Reporting Network (CRN) Evaluation
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.
        — OR —
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

To read the DUI law in Pennsylvania please click the following link: www.dmv.state.pa.us/legislation/dui.shtml

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Program Blood alcohol content:
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.

Female Alcohol Impairment Chart Click on the Image to enlarge the chart

Male Alcohol Impairment Chart click on the Image to enlarge chart

Other Service information

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 (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.

This 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 a.m. 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:
- Parenting
- Anger Management
- Sexual Assault Awareness
- Marital and Family Communication/Conflict Resolution
- Domestic Violence Education and Resources
- Medication Management Education
- Gambling Education/Resources/Specialized Counseling Services
- Linkage, Support, and Encouragement for AA/NA Meeting Attendance

Targeted Services to:
* Adolescents under the age of 18: The 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. The 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's 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.