Employee Credits Success to TOT Program
Alexis Fisher, a River Region Activities Coordi-nator for Children's Prev-ention, is also a former participant in the Training of Teens (TOT) Program.  The TOT Program's objective was to prevent substance abuse and HIV/AIDS risk-related behaviors among youth ages 9 - 18. 
 
Alexis stated that the most valuable component of the program was the opportunity to engage in open and honest discussion regarding topics that were current and relevant to her, without fear of being judged or criticized.  Enrolling in the program in 2007 as a high school sophomore, she says TOT taught her the meaning of discipline and responsibility as well as how to demonstrate self-control and humility. 
 
Alexis credits her employ-ment with River Region and her optimism for a suc-cessful future to the basic training she received as a TOT participant in addition to the opportunity to work as a junior peer counselor during summer camps.  Although the program has concluded, she is grateful for the posi-tive impact River Region made in her life and the lives of other youth throughout the Jacksonville community.  
























"The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving."
 - Albert Einstein

RRHS Backpack Giveaway Featured on WeGive.org
The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida has developed a special 24 Days of Christmas promotion that will feature the top WeGive.Org organizations in Northeast Florida. We are proud to announce that River Region Human Services'  Backpack Giveaway is being recognized as a top performer of the WeGive.Org project. On December 16, 2016, the 24 Days of Christmas will feature River Region's Backpack Giveaway on the Nonprofit Center's social media channels, Facebook and Twitter. 
 
Administered by the Nonprofit Center, WeGive.Org is a free website that connects local nonprofits to the community.  Anyone interested in supporting the projects listed on the website can make an immediate and secure donation.  If you would like to support River Region, please click the donate button below.  

 
River Region Launches New Electronic Health Record System
RRHS is proud to announce the launch of its newly sophisticated Electronic Health Record(EHR) system. Credible Behavioral Health Software is a

fully integrated and seamless system which provides modules that support clinical services, scheduling, billing, forms management, eRx, eLabs, reporting, mobile access, and more. This innovative technology will allow RRHS to streamline internal processes and improve our ability to provide quality and efficient services to the community. 

You Shop. Amazon Gives.
Amazon is a convenient and cost effective online shopping alternative, especially during the holiday season when the joy of shopping is often overcome by crowded malls, long check-out lines, and congested traffic.

Well, did you know that River Region has partnered with Amazon by enrolling in their AmazonSmile program? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that allows customers to enjoy the convenience of shopping online, and more importantly, 0.5% of the cost of their eligible purchases is donated to a charitable organization such as River Region. This holiday season, employees are encouraged to take advantage of the convenience of shopping with Amazon, and to ensure that our agency receives the benefits, simply click here for your purchases.

Shopping is a holiday tradition; why not make it convenient for you and your families and support RRHS. For additional information, please contact Tina Clayton at 904.899.6300 ext. 4116 or tclayton@rrhs.org.
Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues
It's the most wonderful time of the year, but for many living with mental illness, the holiday season can create feelings of depression, loneliness, sadness, and an overwhelming sense of loss. These feelings can be a catalyst for holiday blues.
  
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the holiday blues are temporary feelings of anxiety or depression experienced during the holidays that can be associated with extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even memories that accompany the season.
Learn more about managing the holiday blues by clicking on the information graphic or by visiting www.NAMI.org.If you or someone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact Janee' Johnson at (904) 899-6300 ext. 4227.