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RRHS Staff July, August and September Birthday Celebrants
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Jacqueline Dowdy, CEO of River Region called into the radio show Community View Point to discuss National Recovery Month and raising awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. National Recovery Month promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. Click the picture to listen to the interview.
RRHS' "Mandatory Training" surprises staff with an employee appreciation day.
In July, the RRHS executive team planned and executed an agency wide "mandatory training". This training was a surprise employee appreciation field day filled with games, food, and awards for exemplary employees. Fun was had by all who attended.
Recovery & Beyond Luncheon Huge Success
On September 25th River Region hosted their first "Recovery and Beyond" luncheon to highlight the significance of recovery. National Recovery Month is a large national observance sponsored each September by SAMHSA. The luncheon's keynote speaker was Dr. Lucille O'Neal (mother of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal) who offered an incredible story of recovery. During the luncheon, the City of Jacksonville presented a proclamation recognizing River Region Human Services for their efforts in Duval County and the office of Congressman Al Lawson presented River Region's CEO, Jacqueline Dowdy, with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for service to the community.
Dowdy Travels to D.C. For National Council Day on the Hill
The National Council Day on The Hill, organized by the National Council for Behavioral Health took place on 17-18 Sep 2019 in Washington D.C. This conference is an incredible opportunity for experts in the field of mental health and addictions to advocate for the people they serve. CEO Dowdy had the opportunity to meet with several key stakeholders.
Another Successful Matrix House Commencement
With a change in venue, River Region hosted a buffet dinner for September's annual Matrix House Commencement ceremony at the Schultz Center.
RRHS Travels to Orlando To Present at Behavioral Health Conference
In August 2019, Kristen Smith, Waneka Leary, and Dr. Alvin Davis presented at a session at the One Behavioral Conference on the Women, Children, and Family Treatment / Pregnant and Post-Partum Women program. The marketing and communication team managed a booth during the conference and had the opportunity to network with key agencies state-wide. Pictured is Florida's First Lady Casey DeSantis who was the Keynote speaker for the Luncheon held on the last day.
RRHS Hosts Community Forum on Mental Health and the Opioid Epidemic
On September 5, 2019, RRHS hosted a Community Lunch-n-Learn with important community stakeholders. The purpose of this event was to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders in Duval County and promote the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.
Together We Are Stronger! This was the theme for recovery month this year. River Region participated in multiple events this year including the Recovery Month Walk, Volleyball Game, Talent Show, Block Party, and more with other community partners including Beaches Recovery and Gateway.
Recovery Month Employee & Client Appreciation
During the month of September, RRHS ensured that our staff and clients were also rewarded for their work for recovery month. Several locations were surprised with morning coffee and donuts for staff. Clients at the Carmichael office also received muffins and coffee to show our appreciation of them.
RRHS Participates in Jacksonville Sheriff Safety Fair
Different providers in the community united to provide information, pamphlets, services, and resources for community awareness. RRHS was invited to participate based on the long standing partnership with JSO.
Recovery Month Building Dedication & Cookout
To close out Recovery Month, on September 30th RRHS hosted a building dedication naming the 600 building on the DWC campus after the late Kenneth Arnold. Staff, clients, and visitors were treated to a cookout on the lawn of DWC.
Training, Training, & More Training
Continuing on the theme of professional development (PD), director level staff are going through a series of trainings that focus on taking RRHS to the next level! The training is being facilitated by Dr. Jason Glenn of Glenn International Leadership Force. Additionally, RRHS staff participated in CPR training as well as security awareness training.
The RRHS Office of Human Resources and Administration Welcomes New Hires
The New RRHS Staff from July 2019 to present date are as follows:
ADEROJU, KAZEEM - Intern
BARTON, MYRA - Controller
BASS, SHERYL - Case Manager Assistant- Aftercare
BROWN, COURTNEY - Behavioral Health Technician
BURTON, THERESA - Behavioral Health Technician
CASIANO, ROSA - Registration Specialist
CHOICE, KENDRA - LPN
CONZATER, CHRISTINA - Intern
FIGGS, CORTNEY - Substance Abuse Technician
FITZPATRICK, STEPHANIE - Counselor- Methadone
GORDON, SHANARRO -Behavioral Health Technician
GREEN, KIMBERLY - Case Manager- Aftercare
HASTE, SHELLEY - Director - Corrections Services
MILLS, ASHLEI - LPN
PEREIRA, ARIEL - Intern
POOLE, MICHAEL - Admin Asst/ Special Project Asst
REDDICK, SHERRON - Registration Specialist
ROBINSON, DONNA - Case Manager- Aftercare
TYLER, KESHANDA - Behavioral Health Technician
WILLIAMS, BRENDA -Staff Aide- Drop In Center
WILLIAMS, RONNIKA - Substance Abuse Technician