HUDSON — Community outposts have been designated by Columbia County to help reach people battling substance abuse.

Twin County Recovery Services’ Mobile Outreach Program, Greener Pathways, has started establishing community outposts around Columbia County to connect people with needed recovery and treatment services as well as provide resource information to community members.

“This is just one of the many free and confidential services that Twin County Recovery Services offers so that people in our communities receive the treatment and recovery help they need,” Twin County Recovery Services Executive Director Tina Lee said in a statement.

The community outposts are located in the town of New Lebanon, village of Chatham and village of Philmont. The announcement from Twin County Recovery Services says given the rural character of our Counties, connecting with treatment and recovery services can sometimes be difficult, the community outposts come as a response to that.

“We are committed to providing necessary services to connect people in our communities that battle substance use disorder with treatment and recovery choices that will help them improve their life and to support community health and wellness,” Lee said in a statement.

The community outposts, or “Office Hours in the Community,” are set up for the same day and time each week so community members can become accustomed to knowing there is help available when and where they need it.

“This targeted community outreach means people don’t have to worry about traveling to be connected to recovery support,” Greener Pathways Program Director Carl Quinn said in a statement. “We can bring the support to them”.

Each Community Outpost is staffed by a trained Certified Recovery Peer Advocate who can listen to an individual’s needs and help them come up with a plan, Quinn said.

“They can also provide resources to community members who might have a friend or loved one battling substance use,” Quinn said.

During each of the community outposts, community members can learn more about the services that are offered, pick up a pamphlet or receive training on Narcan, an overdose reversal medication, and be given a Narcan kit. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are encouraged. According to the announcement, community outpost locations are planned for other areas of Columbia and Greene counties.

The community outposts are scheduled as follows: village of Chatham, every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. at 25 Hudson Ave., Chatham, inside the offices of Our Community Cares Inc.; town of New Lebanon, every Wednesday from noon-3 p.m. in New Lebanon Town Hall at 14755 State Route 22, New Lebanon; village of Philmont, every Thursday from noon-2 p.m. in the Philmont Community Center, 14 Lake Drive, Philmont.

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