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Program helps Pulaski woman discover new opportunities

By Mike Wade
NRVCS Community Relations Specialist

The negative consequences of addiction are both well-documented and seemingly endless. Incarceration, financial ruin, damaged relationships, and even death, are all among the potential outcomes for a person abusing drugs.

Robin Novotny, a native of Pulaski, has experienced her fair share of struggles as a result of substance use disorder […]

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Program helps Pulaski woman discover new opportunities

NRVCS to offer trauma-informed care workshop for community partners

NRVCS will host a workshop on trauma-informed care for community providers and professionals on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at NRVCS’ main office in Blacksburg (700 University City Boulevard).

According to officials with the agency, the workshop will provide an introduction to trauma-informed care practices, as well as skills to […]

By |August 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on NRVCS to offer trauma-informed care workshop for community partners

NRVCS Staff Profile: Kristy McMahan

By Mike Wade
NRVCS Community Relations Specialist

Kristy McMahan’s name badge probably wouldn’t stand out to the casual observer. It has her picture on it, along with her name and position, and like so many other employees at NRVCS, McMahan’s badge hangs from a lanyard draped around her neck.

So, what makes her badge so special? That […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on NRVCS Staff Profile: Kristy McMahan

NRVCS receives federal funding to assist with opioid crisis

NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services) is among 18 Community Services Boards across Virginia that will receive federal funds to help fight the state’s opioid epidemic.

Officials at NRVCS indicate that the agency will receive $194,824 to expand its treatment of substance use disorders, and another $32,100 for related prevention and support initiatives. In addition, […]

By |June 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on NRVCS receives federal funding to assist with opioid crisis

Peer recovery group having positive impact on local inmates

By Mike Wade
NRVCS Community Relations Specialist

“It takes one to know one.”

Most of us have either heard or uttered this phrase at some point, often in a context that evokes some kind of negative connotation.

That idea of being relatable to another’s issues, however, could perhaps be the key to providing effective treatment to individuals battling […]

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Peer recovery group having positive impact on local inmates

Mental Health Month events in the New River Valley

May marks the annual observance of Mental Health Month across the country. Locally, there are a number of events planned to help educate the public about mental health issues, along with opportunities for citizens to participate in activities that can enhance their own well-being.

Tuesday, May 16
Wear Green for Mental Health – Help NRVCS raise awareness […]

By |May 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Mental Health Month events in the New River Valley

“Risky Business” is theme for this year’s Mental Health Month observance

Unhealthy behaviors, habits could be covering up a potential mental health problem

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, it can sometimes be difficult to manage. While mental illnesses are common and treatable, it’s important to remember that people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently – and some engage […]

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on “Risky Business” is theme for this year’s Mental Health Month observance

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday

Communities throughout the New River Valley will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, which is coordinated by local law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and […]

By |April 25th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday

NRVCS Board of Directors names Pritchett as Executive Director

The NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services) Board of Directors has named James Pritchett, LCSW, as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective March 1. Pritchett succeeds Interim Executive Director Rosemary Sullivan, who has retired after more than 30 years at NRVCS.

Pritchett has been employed by NRVCS since 2006, most recently serving as Director of […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on NRVCS Board of Directors names Pritchett as Executive Director

NRVCS offering “Recovery Dojo” for individuals with substance use disorders

In an effort to evolve and better meet the needs of local adults with substance use disorders (SUDs), NRVCS recently added a day treatment program to its continuum of care.

“Recovery Dojo” is a new skills-based substance use day treatment program that is designed to serve individuals who may not need the controlled environment of a […]

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on NRVCS offering “Recovery Dojo” for individuals with substance use disorders