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Story and photos by Mike Wade | NRVCS mwade@nrvcs.org It’s not every day someone receives an e-mail that could potentially change his or her life, but that is precisely what happened to Josh Farris on the afternoon of December 1, 2014. It was 4:10 p.m., to be exact. That’s when Farris, a senior at Eastern …

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The New River Valley Crisis Intervention Team (NRVCIT) program was awarded the 2014 Virginia CIT Program of the Year Award. Patrick Halpern, Coordinator of NRVCIT, was also honored as the Virginia CIT Coordinator of the Year for 2014. (Dean Barker of the Hampton-Newport News CIT was also recognized for this award.) The awards were presented …

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The NRVCS Prevention Services Team will offer a new cycle of the popular Strengthening Families Program (SFP), beginning in February at Pulaski Elementary School. The program, which is free, is open to any interested families with children who are ages 6 – 11. SFP will be offered on Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. …

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All NRVCS offices and clinics will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (This schedule change does not apply to our 24-hour/residential programs.) Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 20.

By Mike Wade/NRVCS mwade@nrvcs.org Officials in Pulaski County have developed a new strategy to help address their community’s well-documented struggles with substance abuse. The Pulaski County Adult Drug Treatment Court Program, which accepted its first participant in December, is designed as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders with substance abuse-related charges. Spearheaded by the Honorable Marcus H. Long, Jr., 27th Circuit Court Judge, the Pulaski …

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If you are using alcohol or other drugs and expecting a child – or think that you may become pregnant – you could be doing significant harm to your unborn baby. Fortunately, getting help is easy and New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) gives priority to pregnant women who are using drugs and/or alcohol. As …

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The Claremont Therapeutic Day Treatment Program recently had an open house to celebrate the major renovations at their site. Claremont, located in Pulaski, serves school aged clients who have been placed on homebound educational services by the school system due to behavioral, emotional, or medical issues. These students would typically receive one hour of educational …

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James Pritchett, Assistant Director for the Crisis & Family Services Unit at NRVCS, facilitates discussion at the substance abuse summit held on Monday, September 8. (Photo - M. Wade/NRVCS)
James Pritchett, Assistant Director for the Crisis & Family Services Unit at NRVCS, facilitates discussion at the substance abuse summit held on Monday, September 8. (Photo – M. Wade/NRVCS)

Staff from throughout the New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) system joined together on Monday to discuss substance abuse and its impact on the communities served by the agency.

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