Do You Know What Mental Illness Feels Like? We often hear the clinical terms used by doctors and other professionals to identify the symptoms of mental illnesses…but if someone hasn’t gone through it, would they know how to recognize it? So often, clinical terms don’t do justice to what life with a mental illness feels like. We know that two people with the same diagnosis can experience the same symptom and describe it in very different ways. Understanding the signs of a mental illness and identifying how it can feel can be confusing—and sometimes can contribute to ongoing silence or hesitation to get help. It’s important for people to talk about how it feels to live with a mental illness.

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White House Drug Policy Office Awards $625,000 to Local Coalition to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Hamilton, N.Y.

Washington D.C. – Today, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 697 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $86 million.  The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol. The Hamilton Area Community Coalition from Hamilton, NY was one of the grant recipients and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.

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Madison County Victim Impact Panel

VIP is an opportunity for court mandated participants to hear real life stories and become aware of the spiral effect of impaired driving crashes.  Those who have been affected in one way or another hope their stories will help others to make low risk choices and avoid the pain they have experienced. 

A speaker might be family member or a friend of someone injured or killed, the actual person injured, a first responder or the offender themselves.  Each has a story to tell and the telling of that story can be a part of their healing as well.

Madison County VIP is a program of the Office of the Madison County Sheriff and administered by BRiDGES.  If you have any questions regarding this program or if you or someone you know needs support as a result of an impaired crash you can reach the program administrator at 697-3947 or by email at


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Responsible Server Training
Training for Intervention Procedures

Both the Responsible Server Training, designed by the Genesee Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, and Training for Intervention ProcedureS or TiPS, are programs for servers, managers and owners of businesses that sell alcohol. Staff at BRiDGES are certified to train both RST and TIPS for on-premise (bars, restaurants, etc), off-premise (liquor or retail stores) and University (Resident Advisors, Resident Directors, etc.)  These are designed to impact the environment by educating those who are selling and/or serving alcohol about the New York  State laws that prohibit alcohol sales to minors and obviously intoxicated persons, to prevent the laws from being violated. The trainings increase awareness of the effects of alcohol on the brain, intoxication rate factors, tolerance and BAC, and provide intervention strategies, including checking IDs.

Trainings are available, at a nominal cost, on a regular basis for establishments or organizations that sell or serve alcohol to the public. Call Susan Jenkins at 315 697-3947 for information on classes available in Madison County.
Medication Disposal Kiosks in Madison County

Madison County is fortunate to have four kiosks at various locations in Madison County. The locations and hours of operation are as follows:

* The lobby of the Department of Motor Vehicles at the County Office Building in Wampsville, NY. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* The lobby of the Department of Social Services on North Court Street in Wampsville, NY. Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* Chittenango Police Department, Genesee Street, Chittenango, NY. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday

* New York State Police, Troop D Headquarters, Route 5, Oneida, NY. Open 24 hours a day.


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