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Grant will fund a mental recovery coach

JAMESTOWN – The Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Fund for the Region to hire an additional full-time recovery coach to help people battling addictions.

The MHA currently employs nine full-time recovery coaches. Referrals come from courts, community agencies, churches and family members.

MHA chief executive officer Jack Huber said the need is great. He noted that 16 people in Jamestown alone died during March because of drug addiction.

“In the last three years,” Huber adds, “the people who have used our coaching services have not suffered an overdose. It is not a 9 to 5 job. We are on call 24-7. Oftentimes, I’ll get a phone call at 3 a.m. from a worried parent who got my phone number from a police officer, and you just go.”

All MHA services and programs are free of charge. For more information, call 661-9044, go to the MHAChautauqua Facebook page or visit mhachautauqua.org.