Editor:

During the week of April 9-13 Perry Behavioral Health Choices, Inc. (PBHC) will join all of Ohio is celebrating a “Week of Appreciation.” We will be expressing our gratitude to all who provide services within our community to help address the opiate epidemic and specifically frontline workers. The theme this year is “Bringing Help, Bring Hope. Thank You.”

Perry Behavioral Health Choices, Inc. was invited to participate in this event by the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, which ensures Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders treatment for Perry, Morgan, Muskingum, Guernsey, Coshocton, and Noble counties. All of the counties under the Board are reporting their planned activities back to the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA), so they me tracked and reported statewide. PBHC drafted an informational letter encouraging all organizations within our county to participate. These letters are being distributed by staff at local meetings and events. We also emailed the letter to everyone on our agency list serve. Some of the suggestions for the “Week of Appreciation” include the following:

- Offer awards to those who have helped in the fight against opiates. Invite local authorities, dignitaries, law enforcement, and first responders. Present the award to a special someone who has went above and beyond the call of duty: Present the award with press coverage from the area.

- Drop off cookies to the local police/ fire station with a letter of appreciation.

- Have recovery clients write a letter to someone who really helped them, right when they needed it the most.

- Host an event welcoming all local first responders, and those in recovery and present an award to a special someone.

The goal of this week long, state-wide, event is to show appreciation and highlight those who are fighting the opiate epidemic. PBHC has the goal of getting as many participants as possible in Perry County. Our agency is committed to the following acts of appreciation:

1) PBHC will be getting the word out about the “Week of Appreciation” letting others know what it is and why it is being held.

2) All PBHC staff members that attend any meeting with outside organizations will share the ‘Week of Appreciation” informational letter challenging them to recognize all Police/Fire/First Responders with an act/gesture of appreciation by following the recommendations in the letter.

3) We will be preparing 20 ‘snack baskets’ for Perry County first responders. We will deliver baskets to the police and fire departments in the villages of: New Lexington, Thornville, Somerset, Glenford, Junction City, Crooksville, New Straitsville, Shawnee, and Corning. We will also present a basket to the Perry County Sheriff’s office and Perry County Emergency Management Agency.

4) Our entire staff will be signing a Recognition document for the organizations named in activity #3, which we will frame and deliver with the snack baskets.

5) PBHC will submit an article and photo of the recognition document and basket presentation to a department and submit it for publication to the Perry County Tribune.

6) PBHC Director will attend the “Week of Appreciation” recognition event sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board on Thursday, April 12th, where she invited New Lexington Chief of Police Scott Ervin and Sheriff William R. Barker to attend and be recognized.

The public is encouraged to give thanks to their local first responders!

If you have any questions about “Week of Appreciation” feel free to reach out to PBHC via their website at www.perrybhc.org or call 740.342.1991.

Theressa Snyder, MPA, OCPC, LCDCIII, RN

Executive Director and Medical Manager

Perry Behavioral Health Choices, Inc.

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