RRHS Staff June Birthday Celebrants
  1. George Conner
  2. Jacqueline Dowdy
  3. Perry Faulk
  4. Carolyn Green
  5. Nathaniel Herring
  6. Danielle Lambert
  7. Lisa Mathis
  8. Kevin McCarthy
  9. Stephen Reiutz
Mandatory Agency-Wide Training
Date: July 12, 2019 
Time: 12:00 Noon
Venue: Schultz Center (4019 Blvd. Center, Jacksonville, FL 32207)
Lunch: Provided
Attire: Casual
Business Hours: The Medical and Clinical Departments at Carmichael will suspend services beginning at 10:30 am. The remaining locations will suspend the same services from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm.
“Living, Loving, Lasting”
June 22, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Charter Theater
655 W. 8th Street
Tower 2 / 2nd Flr.
Jacksonville, FL.

First Coast Community AIDS Prevention Partnership “National HIV Testing” Week of Events (June 23 – 29, 2019)

Recovery & Beyond Luncheon
September 25, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Keynote: Dr. Lucille O’Neal (Mother of Shaquille O’Neal)
Schultz Center 4019 Blvd. Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207      

RRHS Board Of Directors Retreat

In preparation for the 2020-2025 strategic plan, the River Region Human Services Board of Directors met in June and participated in an interactive presentation by consultant Dr. Angela Poole.

RRHS Welcomes New Board Member
Jennifer Silva

Recently, River Region Human Services welcomed Jennifer Silva to the RRHS Board of Directors. "I am excited to do all I can to support the mission of River Region. My background is in counseling and mental health. So, the services are near and dear to my heart," states Ms. Silva. We are excited to welcome Ms. Silva to the RRHS Community.

Tickets On Sale Now! They Are Selling Fast. Get Them Before They're Gone!

September is National Recovery month. In celebration, River Region Human Services will host a Recovery & Beyond Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Lucille O'Neal. Dr. O'Neal is an author spokesperson, socialite and is the mother of former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal.

Matrix House Talks To The District Attorneys

In June, MATRIX House, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and River Region staff presented updates on the MATRIX House Treatment program to District Attorneys, explaining how they are an integral part of addiction recovery in Duval County.

RRHS Gets Ready for NFL Football Season

River Region continues the partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars as football season is quickly approaching. RRHS is participating in the Jaguar Foundation's "Give and Go" program. The Jaguars "Give and Go" Program is a fundraising opportunity for local 501(c)3 organizations in NE Florida to get into the excitement of attending a Jaguars' home game and raise funds at the same time! For more information about our participation in the program, contact the Marketing and Communications office at (904) 899-6300 extension 4712.

Matrix House Talks To Duval County Judges

MATRIX House, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and River Region staff continued their information tour by presenting the MATRIX House Treatment program information to Duval County Judges.

RRHS Presents Opioid Treatment Expansion IN tAMPA

On May 9, 2019, RRHS Director of MAT Clinical Services. Tyra Wilkerson and RRHS MAT Nurse, Cardesha Burton, LPN presented during the Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) conference held in Tampa, FL. Both Ms. Wilkerson and Ms. Burton presented River Region's 'Expansion of Opioid Treatment Services.'

Dowdy Participates in One Behavioral Association's Strategic Planning/Board Meetings

In May, Ms. Dowdy traveled to St. Augustine Beach, FL to participate in One Behavioral (BH) Association meetings, including Strategic Planning, Services, Advocacy and the One BH Board Meeting. The purpose of One BH is to provide leadership and to unite individuals and business entities engaged directly or indirectly in behavioral health and behavioral medicine to promote and protect the mutual interests of its members and the behavioral health industry.

RRHS Participates in the juvenile justice and youth services fair

Along with 41 other youth-serving agencies of Jacksonville, Florida, River Region participated in the Juvenile Justice and Youth Services Fair, hosted by the Honorable Judge Suzanne Bass of Division A, the 4th Judicial Circuit, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Another Successful Matrix House Graduation

Each quarter, the MATRIX House Treatment Program graduates clients who have been incarcerated and have successfully transitioned through its substance abuse treatment program into a clean and sober lifestyle. This quarter's graduation in May presented 19 graduates and took place on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 6:30 pm at the Fraternal Order of Police on Beach Blvd.

Hurricane Season is Upon Us!

Batten down the hatches, hurricane season is here. High winds, coastal erosion, storm surge, and flooding can negatively impact communities, ecosystems and cost millions of dollars in repairs. RRHS wants to ensure all employees are aware of a disaster readiness plan. Please click the button below for more information.

RRHS Delivers Professional Development to Baptist Doctors and Nurses

This month, RRHS staff participated in Baptist Health's Care of the Addicted Pregnant Patient seminar. Staff discussed River Region Human Services, care for addicted patients, care for patients who are not in a treatment program, and how to medicate clients in a treatment program.

Building Healthy Communities: RRHS Attends Rural Substance Abuse & Mental Health Summit

River Region Human Services supported the Building Healthy Communities: Rural Substance Abuse & Mental Health Summit held in Gainesville, Florida on May 23, 2019. The Keynote Speaker was Kay Warren of Saddleback Church of Los Angeles, California. RRHS administration and staff showcased our services.

Training, Training, & More Training

Continuing on the theme of professional development (PD), team members attended Credible training in Crystal City, Virginia in February. RRHS is now hosting a series of workshops to build the capacity of all staff members to ensure consistency throughout the agency. Such topics of development include Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Cultural Diversity, and Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).

The RRHS Office of Human Resources and Administration Welcomes New Hires

The New RRHS Staff from May 2019 to present date read as follows:
1. Danielle Milner - Registration Specialist
2. Traviseeah Engram - Intern (Advancement, Compliance, Marketing Office)
3. Andrew Nagy - Intern
4. Natasha Lamb - Director of Court Services
5. Eric Key - Behavioral Health Technician
6. Thaddeus Polite - Corrections Counselor

[Pictured above L to R: Taviseeah Engram, Andrew Nagy, and Danielle Milner] 

Congratulations to Tyra Wilkerson for passing the Master’s Level Addiction Professional (MCAP) certification exam!

The MCAP is an advanced practice credential for individuals who hold a Master’s degree and provide services to individuals with substance use conditions. The MCAP designates competency in the domains of Clinical Evaluation, Treatment Planning, Counseling, Case Management and Referral, Client, Family and Community Education, Documentation, Clinical Supervision, and Professional Responsibility.

Congratulations to Assessment Specialist, George Conner, on receiving his Master of Arts degree from Southeastern University in Human Services!  

 The M.A. in Human Services degree focuses on the development of administrative and leadership skills, with an intentional focus on servant leadership.  Again, congratulations Mr. Conner! 

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