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Opioid & Heroin Awareness Initiative

CGAC Visit the Columbia-Greene Addiction Coalition Website for Residents of the Twin Counties

Read the July 8th, 2019 Press Release

The Greene County Opioid & Heroin Awareness Initiative web page provides helpful links to resources and information for those affected by opioid addiction and dependence.

OPIOIDS -They’re potent, they’re dangerous – and they could be in your medicine cabinet.

Hundreds of millions prescriptions for painkillers, such as VicodinOxyContin, and Opana, are written in the U.S. each year.  When used improperly, these legal opioid drugs present the same risks as heroin sold on the street.  Many people recovering from injury or surgery find themselves addicted to prescription painkillers, and when those become un-available, turning to illicit, unregulated, and dangerous street drugs suppliers.

Abuse of opiates, whether prescription painkillers or heroin, is having a serious impact on public health. In addition to the hazards of overusing opioid painkillers, sharing needles for the injection of heroin or injecting crushed pills poses its own dangers. These substances and practices can affect almost every part of the body, potentially leading to permanent health damage and death. Opioid awareness is a crucial part of educating the public of the hazards of opioid abuse, but also in ensuring that those with addictions are treated respectfully and get the treatment they need.

 Below is a list of upcoming Narcan trainings in Greene County:


• May 19, 11:00am: Cornell Hook & Ladder Company: 77 Gill Road, New Baltimore, NY 12124 (Contact the fire company by email at to register)



Your Guide to Mental Health & Addiction Services 




Greener Pathways – Opioid & Heroin Addiction Recovery

Our community-based outreach program is committed to helping individuals and families who are struggling with chemical dependency. Our staff is on-hand to “just talk” or to help connect individuals to the many treatment options right here in Greene County.

In Greene County Call: 518-291-4500

In Columbia County Call: 518-610-8703

Weekend/Evening Hotline: 518-822-0090

Services Include:

Helping build recovery and social supports via Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAs).

Narcan training, informative outreach and community events for promoting the culture of recovery and building opioid awareness. 

Available for any resident in Greene or Columbia Counties who are affected by substance use disorder.

Mobile counseling services providing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) via mobile clinician and therapeutic team.

Providing expanded clinical services beyond the traditional clinical setting via video and multimedia technology.

Linkages and services for Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) including vivitrol, suboxone and methadone.


Greener Pathways is a Program of Twin Counties Recovery Services, Inc.

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Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) Emergency Mental Health Services

CALL:  518-943-5555

  • 8 am to 10 pm – 365 days a year
  • Phone assessments and consultation.
  • On-site face to face mental health assessments
  • Referrals to available services
  • Follow up from psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Wellness calls and visits when someone is concerned

Mobile Crisis Assessment Team is a program of The Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, Inc.



Greene County Public Health Department

Our Health Educators provides outreach and education to general community members on the opioid crisis and resources available to people in Greene County, keeping updated on the resources and programs going on in our community.

Public Health is committed to risk reduction across all stages of dependency with on-going services including:

Our Family Planning Clinic offers the following Walk-in services for those in recovery or actively using:

  • Hepatitis C Screenings
  • HIV/STD Testing
  • HIV PrEP Counseling and Services
  • All Major Birth Control Methods including Same-Day LARCs
  • FREE Condoms

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Greene County Department of Mental Health

Greene County Mental Health Center is a community mental health clinic licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health.  We have a full contingent of professional staff including Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, and Psychiatric Nurses.  Our staff members work together to provide a comprehensive system of care for the mental health needs of Greene County residents.




NYS Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)




New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Materials Pertaining to Opioid Overdose



Other Helpful Links

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

NYS Combat Addiction Initiative

The Kitchen Table Toolkit was developed to assist parents, teachers, counselors and the community with guidance on how to initiate conversations about heroin and opioid abuse, to help promote opioid awareness.  The information in the toolkit may also be applicable for alcohol and other drugs.  Videos and guidance documents were developed to assist with a community forum or a personal conversation.

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Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI) – for Care Providers Only

Quarterly Focus

  1. HCDI forges collaborative partnerships with regional stakeholders to reduce risky health behavior, determine major barriers to health services, and develop initiatives to overcome them. HCDI is a regional contractor for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Population Health Improvement Program in the Capital Region and assists stakeholders in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties in their efforts to advance ongoing activities related to the Prevention Agenda (PA), the State Health Innovation Plan (SHIP), and serves as a resource to local Performing Providers Systems (PPS) under the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.
  2. We provide technical assistance to counties and hospitals in carrying out efforts to advance the Prevention Agenda. On our website we provide data dashboards for individuals to use along with reports around various health topics, and also compile local and national resources around these health topics.
  3. We do not provide direct services, we provide organizations who may be providing direct services with resources and information beneficial to the general population, health service providers, county health departments, social services, community-based organizations.