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River Region Human Services Holds Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking

“We Choose to be Sober” is the Theme

As part of National Prevention Week, River Region Human Services will host a Town Hall and Luncheon on Saturday, May 24, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 2055 Reyko Rd., Jacksonville.

The program will provide education and information for all families with teens ages 12 to 18, but especially for adolescents in foster care, group homes, enrolled in SIPP programs, attending alternative schools, or involved with juvenile justice. As part of a national effort to decrease underage drinking, the program targets teens in middle and high school who are at the highest risk of alcohol and drug abuse. The program will include representatives from the Prevention Coalition, the Duval County Health Department and River Region nursing. Students will participate in an activity called “Tag It: Above the Influence” and a trivia game with information about underage drinking. 

The program is free and open to the public. Please contact Dietangal Heard at 904-924-1551, ext. 402 or Stephanie Bosh at 904-924-1551, ext. 403 for more information or to RSVP.
National Prevention Week is a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.

River Region Marks National Prevention Week With Suicide Prevention Event

River Region Human Services will be hosting a  Suicide Prevention Awareness event at  the Jacksonville Suns game on Thursday, May 22nd as part of National Prevention Week 2014. National Prevention Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.

National Prevention Week echoes a key message of the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy, emphasizing that prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives — including where and how we live, learn, work, and play — and that everyone has a role in creating a healthier nation. domain list . At the Suns event, River Region staff will share information about preventing suicide to those attending the game, and be on hand to answer questions.

River Region recognizes that the choices people make and the conversations they have in their everyday lives are key to healthy communities and futures. To encourage healthy living and decision-making, River Region is partnering with the Jacksonville Suns to host this event.  In addition, River Region staff will be sharing messages about preventing underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and marijuana use with local high school students during the week.

River Region Human Services is proud to be one of many organizations around the country that are encouraging people to make a difference in their communities and lives as part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Prevention Week 2014. During this week, River Region will recognize important prevention successes, focus on areas that need improvement, and build bridges to partners who care deeply about creating a better community.


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ACTS Joins River Region to Sponsor Bowling Fundraiser

ACTS, an Enterprise IT consulting firm, is pleased to announce it will sponsor the River Region Human Services’ annual ‘Let’s Roll’ bowling event on April 4, 2014.

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ACTS is pleased to announce it is the title sponsor for the River Region Human Services’ second annual ‘Let’s Roll’ bowling event to be held on April 4, 2014, at the Batt Family Fun Center (located at 1838 Cassat Avenue, Jacksonville, FL). Participants at this year’s event will enjoy three hours of unlimited bowling from noon until 3:00 p.m., a delicious lunch, great prizes and souvenirs. Proceeds from the event will benefit River Region’s children programs and services.

River Region Human Services has been supporting families and communities for more than 40 years in the Jacksonville, FL region, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services since 1972. Funds raised from the 2013 event were used to purchase computers, furniture and other materials to transform River Region’s Beachwood Community Center. ip analysis . The computers and furniture helped improve and enhance the Center’s afterschool programs for younger children, creating a safe and comfortable interactive study area.

The Community Center also provides afterschool programs and activities for children ages 12 -18 who regularly utilize the computers for educational purposes. One patron of the center stated, “We don’t have a home computer, so it’s helpful knowing my children can visit the Beachwood Community Center to complete school projects, reports and study without distractions. I cannot express the gratitude I have for the help this center has offered, not only to my children, but to me as a parent as well.”

“River Region Human Services is an upstanding and valued organization in the Jacksonville community,” says ACTS CEO, James Farhat. “We are excited to contribute to River Region’s efforts to provide opportunities for the next generation by sponsoring this fun community event.”

ACTS is a Jacksonville-based technology solution provider working with businesses to leverage technology for competitive advantage. Grounded in a business outcome methodology with a focus on helping clients drive better business results, ACTS provides both applications and infrastructure solutions – deployed on-premise, hosted or in the cloud – including managed services with 24/7 support.

River Region Human Services Marks National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Free Screenings and Awareness Events Scheduled in Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL — River Region Human Services is joining a national effort to inform women and girls about their risk of contracting HIV and AIDS with a series of free HIV testing events in Jacksonville. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 10, and River Region is amping up awareness through social media and the screenings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25% percent of teens and adults diagnosed with HIV in the United States each year are women — and thousands of women and girls do not know they are infected with the disease. This is the ninth year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health has sponsored National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and encouraged women and girls to get tested, share information to educate their peers, and participate in related events.

River Region has scheduled the following events:

Free HIV Testing

Friday, March 7 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

1300 N Broad St.

Jacksonville, FL 32202


Monday, March 10 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

1393 Kings Rd

Jacksonville, FL 32209


Awareness Day Celebration at Hilltop Village

Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1646 W. 45th St

Jacksonville, FL 32208

Free HIV and STD Testing


Soulful Sundays: A Celebration of Womanhood 

Sunday, March 9, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

9726 Touchton Rd Suite 105

Jacksonville, FL 32246

Includes HIV Education and Information

For more information, visit the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website at http://womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/ or River Region’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RiverRegion.

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Some programs are funded in part by federal, state, and local government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Disease Control, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Florida Department of Health, and the City of Jacksonville. In additional, many of our services are sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Services.