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Now is Time to Address Child Mental Health Crisis

Watching your 13-year old child struggle with anxiety and depression is heartbreaking for any parent. Even before the pandemic, our family spent hours running from numerous mental health appointments to psychiatric emergency rooms, trying desperately to get my daughter the help she needed. Unfortunately, like countless children across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on my child’s mental health. Sadly, she is not alone.

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City Fire Department Embraces Role as PAARI Location

More than ever, people struggling with substance use disorder need to know there are places they can go for immediate help – free of judgment and criminal implications. That’s why Genesee County’s Public Safety Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative locations are so important. This month marks the second anniversary of the opening of the PAARI site at the City of Batavia Fire Department – a significant event as the department is the first from New York State to participate in PAARI and one of only a few fire companies in a network of more than 600 police and public safety agencies in 34 states.

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Essay: Embracing ‘Plan B’

SOAR, a community health grant, is concerned with the physical, mental, economic and social health of area residents. As wonderful as the holidays are, for some they can be a more difficult time — and during a pandemic it’s all about the “Plan B.”

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