Director of Early Childhood Programs at Community Service to Retire
Vineyard Gazette | 3.23.17
As director of Early Childhood Programs at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, Debbie Milne has been an advocate for the youngest Island residents for 35 years. Each of the organization’s cornerstone programs for children — the Family Center, the Childcare Center and Head Start — was developed and nurtured during her tenure, which began under the mentorship of ECP founder, Helen Maley. Read more.
IWYC focuses on education and awareness in addiction speaker series
MV Times |3.14.17
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is inviting the public to a series of talks about addiction. The talks are designed to impart information on the highly charged subject in an easily digestible and sympathetic manner. On Thursday, March 23, Dr. Ruth Potee, a Greenfield physician and sought-after speaker, will speak about addiction and the adolescent brain.Read more.
Detox pilot program off to a good start
MV Times |2.15.17
A new pilot program that aims to address substance use disorder (SUD) for people on the Vineyard is off to a successful start. About 18 people have been placed into detox centers off-Island since the middle of November, according to Julie Fay, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS). Read more.
Island Wide Youth Collaborative takes preventative stance on substance abuse
MV Times |2.14.17
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is addressing the escalating concern about substance abuse and other risky behavior among the Island’s young people with a focus on education and awareness-building. Read more.
MVCS launches transgender support group
MV Times |2.09.17
When Martha’s Vineyard Community Services launched a transgender support group last December, the response was immediate. “I was surprised at how many people called within two weeks of putting out the word right before Christmas,” says the group’s facilitator, Rikki Pashen, Psy.D. “I got over a dozen calls. I didn’t know there would be that many that quickly.” Read more.
DPH head urges Islanders to rethink addiction assumptions
MV Times |2.8.17
“If you remember anything from tonight, I hope it is that you see substance abuse disorder as a medical disease that deserves prevention, intervention, and treatment, just like diabetes, just like heart disease,” Dr. Monica Bharel, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner, told a Vineyard gathering last Wednesday night. “Until we get over that stigma as a society, it will be very difficult to bring down our opiate overdose death toll.” Read more.
Forum Focuses on Addiction Prevention, Removing Stigma
Vineyard Gazette |2.7.17
With opioid addiction on the rise, the head of the state Department of Public Health stopped by the Vineyard last week to shed light on her department’s efforts to support communities that are working to respond to substance use disorder. Read more.
Community Services Launches Telemedicine Program
Vineyard Gazette | 1.23.17
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services last week launched a new telemedicine program aimed at better serving the needs of patients seeking mental health services.
The telemedicine program will allow remote diagnosis and treatment of patients in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts. Read more.
MVCS telemedicine clinic boosts mental health care on Martha’s Vineyard
MV Times | 1.20.17
Looking to address the acute shortage of psychiatric care on Martha’s Vineyard, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) is opening a telemedicine clinic that will enable Vineyarders to be seen by Dr. Alan Brown, psychiatrist at UMass Medical School in Worcester, via videoconferencing.
Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients via videoconferencing technology. Read more.
MVRHS hosts forum on teen substance abuse
MV Times | 1.16.17
A forum last Thursday at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) addressed the issue of substance abuse among Island youth. It was led by Thulani DeMarsay, a recovery and wellness coach based in Boston, who discussed the importance of understanding the developing teenage brain and suggested effective forms of communication and engagement between adults and children. Read more.
Collaboration the key to detox breakthrough on Martha’s Vineyard
MV Times | 1.11.17
Islanders health care leaders contemplate a post- Affordable Care Act World
MV Times | 1.11.17
The Times recently talked to three Island health care leaders — Julie Fay, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS); Sarah Kuh, director of Vineyard Health Care Access; and Joe Woodin, CEO of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital — about what health care on the Island might look like should the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be repealed. Read more.
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Islanders have priority access to two off-island detox centers
MV Times | 1.4.17
As part of a pilot program, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (MVH) and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) have entered into an agreement with two off-Island detox centers to offer Vineyard residents immediate access to detoxification services beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
“The opioid crisis has been really raging here on the Island for the past couple of years,” MVCS executive director Julie Fay told The Times on Wednesday. Read more.
Agreement Clears Path to Detox for Islanders Seeking Treatment
Vineyard Gazette | 1.4.17
A trial program has begun that offers Vineyard residents immediate access to detox services at two mainland facilities, leaders at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Island hospital said Tuesday.
The pilot is thanks in part to an anonymous donor and marks a first-of-its kind collaboration between Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital aimed at improving treatment services for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Read more.