Genesee County Prevention Coalition Newsletter
September 2020

GCPC September News & Updates

In response to the ongoing circumstances related to  COVID-19 the GCPC will maintain regular office hours Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. If you need assistance outside of these hours, please call 810-285-9047 to make arrangements. Our primary goal is to continue to maintain prevention services and resources to our community. Please reach out to us if we can be of assistance in providing information and support for addressing substance use and mental health concerns during this difficult time.
** All meetings will be held online through Zoom until further notice. Workgroup members will receive a meeting notification with the Zoom link. **
September Meeting Schedule 

GCPC Community Partner Meeting Tuesday, September 8th, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.


You must register in advance for this meeting - click on the link below to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Prescription Drug Workgroup: Tuesday, September 15, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Underage Drinking Workgroup:Tuesday, September 22, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.*
  • Marijuana/Vaping Awareness Workgroup: TBD
*If you would like to join a workgroup Zoom meeting and are not currently a member of a workgroup, please contact Andrea Keller at to be added to the email distribution list.
National Recovery Month 2020 with Faces & Voices of Recovery
The 2020 National Recovery Month theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections," reminds people in recovery and those who support them, that we all have victories to celebrate and things we may wish we had done differently. This is true of everyone and, as in most cases, we cannot do it alone. Recovery Month will continue to educate others about substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and recovery services, and that recovery is possible.  All of us, from celebrities and sports figures to our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members, throughout our lives have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small.  But, with strength, support, and hope from the people we love, we are resilient.

Faces & Voices of Recovery has created a new Recovery Month website that will host all Recovery Month events and assets that make this celebration possible. Find and post upcoming events and download graphics on the Recovery Month website.

SAMHSA's 2020 National Recovery Month Webinar Series
National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.

2020 Women's Recovery Conference
The 2020 Women's Recovery Conference 
will take place virtually during the week of September 7-11, 2020.  All SUD Providers in Region 10 are encouraged to participate as much as possible during the week.  Each day of the event has a different focus, such as FASD, self-care, parenting, and recovery maintenance, related to supporting women in recovery.

The highlight of the conference will be a live presentation, via Microsoft TEAMS, from Jennifer Gimenez, a women's recovery advocate.  Jennifer will share her personal journey and speak about trauma, recovery, and building the foundation necessary for a successful long-term recovery.  This presentation will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 10:00am to 11:30am.  Any interested individuals/organizations that did not get an invitation from Region 10 PIHP should contact Kayla Parzynski at

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

Suicide is a national public health crisis and the leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for adults and the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals aged 15-34 years. 

Despite these concerning numbers, suicide is preventable. With the right resources and intervention, individuals can find help or learn how to provide support to others, potentially saving lives.
Opioids and Other Drugs Virtual Series
The Opioid and Other Drugs Virtual Series is hosted by St. Clair County Community Mental Health Authority in collaboration with Community Services Coordinating Body's Executive Opioid Oversight Task Force. Presentations are on weekdays at varying times between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. All sessions are one hour long, FREE and available for continuing education credits.

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