Join us for this series about the growing issue of the Substance Abuse Epidemic. So much remains unknown and misunderstood about substance abuse. And much of the public continues to remain blind to issues they choose not to see. Attend one or all of these sessions and discover what effect this epidemic has on our local communities.
A County's Perspective: How Did We Get Here and What's Being Done?
Thursday, September 14 | 7 p.m.
Panelists: Kevin Berg, Tenure Track Counseling Faculty at Cuyahoga County Community College; Tom Gilson, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner and Director of the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory; Emily Metz, Program Coordinator for MetroHealth’s Cuyahoga County Project DAWN
What Goes Into Training First Responders? Why Should We Care?
Thursday, October 19 | 7 p.m.
Panelists: Mark Singer, Leonard W. Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Deputy Director of the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and Co-Director of the Center on Substance Abuse and Mental Illness at Case Western Reserve University; Detective Tony Weiss, Detective at Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department and Sergeant for the Village of Grand River Police Department
Suburban Challenges: Mayors' Call to Action
Thursday, November 16 | 7 p.m.
Mayor Merle Gorden of Beachwood; Mayor Kathy Mulcahey of Orange Village; Mayor Patrick Ward of Lyndhurst Thursday,
Sober Living Homes Make a Difference
Thursday, December 7 | 7 p.m.
Panelists: Russell Goodwin, LPC, LICDC, Founding board member, Sober Living Cleveland; Erin Helms, Program Director for Sober Living Cleveland and Executive Director of The Woodrow Project; Kelly Meyers, House Manager, Cedar House-Cleveland Heights
This series is generously supported by the Melissa Rae Fund in Support of Substance Abuse Education, Advocacy and Change
This series is for you if:
• You are a parent of middle school, high school, or college-age students
• You are a student in middle school, high school or college
• You are a concerned community-minded individual
• You are a social worker, working with addicted patients
What you will get from this series:
• Information on the growing epidemic
• Resources to help those suffering with addiction
• Things you can do locally to help
Program Coordinator: Sheryl Hirsh in loving memory of her daughter, Melissa Rae Koppel. Siegal Lifelong Learning encourages contributions to the Melissa Rae Fund in Support of Substance Abuse Advocacy, Understanding, and Change. Call Sheryl Hirsh at 216.368.4623 for more information.
2016 Substance Abuse Series Video Archive:
Session I: History to Recovery (9/8/16) Watch >
Session II: No Greater Bond: Mothers and Children (9/15/16) Watch >
Session III: HELP! The Who, What, When, Where & How (9/22/16) Watch >
Session IV: Recovering Addicts Making a Difference (9/29/16) Watch >
Channel 19 TV News did a story on our Substance Abuse Forums featuring an interview with the program's creator, our very own Sheryl Hirsh!