Madison County Council on Alcoholism
and Substance Abuse, Inc.
The mission of BRiDGES is to improve the quality of life by providing advocacy and services to our community, the workplace, families and individuals affected by addiction and the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other substances.
BRiDGES is a leader in the delivery of prevention and intervention programs that promote change and build healthy communities.
Diversity and inclusion are integral to the vision of BRiDGES. Leadership in the community requires that we create an organizational culture and inclusive environment to meet the needs of everyone in our community. The values of our organization incorporate innovative leadership, integrity, professionalism and respect for cultural diversity and inclusion.
BRiDGES is located at
112 Farrier Avenue, Suite 314, Oneida, New York.
2015 SADD Leadership Conference~ October 18, 2015
Kallet Theater, Oneida, New York
Undersheriff John Ball addressing the students at the start of the 2015 SADD Leadership Conference
The theme of the 2015 SADD Leadership Conference was “Unplugged is better!” presented by Kelli O’Brien Corasanti, Owner of Studio 8 Fitness, Inc. a personal training and life transformation studio in New Hartford. Seventy-two participants from eight local high schools gathered to hear Kelli present about how we can't connect with others if we're always plugged in to our electronic devices. She explained the negative impact of too much cell phone use on our posture, our brains, our relationships, and our health. In addition, she talked about what it means to be a leader and how to develop leadership skills. Through the presentation and experiential exercises, that got the students out of their seats and working with each other, the students and their advisors were able to gain knowledge and skills that they will apply to the action plans they formulated for their schools.
Thinking about the Holidays
Before you get too deep into the time known simply as “the holidays”, a time that stretches from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, sit down and ask yourself if you want to do it differently this year. And, if the answer is “yes”, start right now to put that plan in place before the weeks have flown by and you are ringing in the New Year.
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.
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 madisoncountyVIP@gmail.com
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.