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March 17, 2020

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Join COSA in March to learn more about what's happening at the Northampton Recovery Center and their exciting plans for the future. 

Tuesday, March 17th at 9am-10:30am
WWII Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton

Census Completion Clinics for Immigrants

Following our February COSA meeting on the census, please take note of these clinics on census completion.  Census clinics for immigrants will be offered by Center for New Americans in Northampton, Amherst, and Greenfield. Assistance will be offered in completing the online Census questionnaire. 

Don't wait! The first clinic is March 23. 
Call for an appointment 413-587-0084. 

Click HERE for the poster in multiple languages. 


Three County Continuum of Care

The Three County Continuum of Care (CoC) and the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Planning Team are seeking proposals for the YHDP funding to provide housing and supportive services for Youth and Young Adults in Franklin County. 

A bidders meeting will be held on 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 10am-12pm
at the
John Olver Transit Center Conference Room
12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 

REGISTER  HERE and read the RFP. 

Get the Application Packet  HERE

Responses are due to the CoC on April 2, 2020.
Notes from Our Last Meeting

Many thanks to our guests at the February COSA Meeting who discussed the importance of an accurate and complete count for the 2020 Census. 

Mindy Domb
State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District
Susan Hagen
Partnership Specialist for the 
NY Regional  Census Center
Patrick B. Beaudry
Manager of Public Affairs for the 
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Click HERE for a Census Toolkit chock full of links, useful information, and outreach materials. 


Why the Census Counts

Here's a brief from MassBudget about all the ways that an accurate count benefits communities in Massachusetts. 

At least $3 billion in federal grants to Massachusetts each year is vulnerable to an undercount in the 2020 Census.
This funding is directly tied to census population counts in some way.
Young children are at particular risk of being missed in the census.
An undercount of Massachusetts residents could mean that communities will not receive essential funding for schools, health services, transportation, and more.

Read the MassBudget brief here



Peer Grief Support After Overdose Death

If you have you lost someone close to you by overdose or other drug-related death...   If you are experiencing grief after death from substance use...  You are invited to attend a new peer grief support group.

The purpose of the group is for members to support each other in coping with grief.  We believe that sharing the experience of tragedy can promote healing.

Facilitated by peer grief supporters 
Amy Horowitz and Laurie Loisel

5:30-7 PM Thursdays, March 19, April 23, May 14 and the second Thursday of the month starting June 11th. 

Northampton Recovery Center
2 Gleason Plaza, Northampton

or call 413-437-5736

Cooley Dickinson Patient and Family Advisory Council is Looking for New Members
Cooley's Dickinson's Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is currently looking to fill several slots with new members.  This membership form briefly outlines what a PFAC members does- primarily, offering advice from the perspective of community members who use Cooley's services.
Anyone who is themselves interested or can refer someone who would be interested can contact Doron Goldman, PFAC Membership Chair, at, or Robin Kline, CDH Director of Volunteer and Guest Services, at  or call 413-582-2251.

Autism Conference, April 2, 2020

Join us for the 30th Annual Autism Conference on April 2, 2020, World Autism Day. Hear from featured speaker Kerry Magro, choose from a wide range of  Breakout Sessions visit with various exhibitors with expert knowledge, and view  This is Me: Portraits of Pathlight , a traveling exposition of photographs of amazing people serviced by Pathlight programs.

Visit here  for complete information and to register.

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