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Greater Hudson Valley Health System To Host Free Film Screening and Community Conversation About Combating Addiction in Our Communities

Reversing the Stigma

In honor of National Prevention Week from May 13 – 19, 2018, the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, will host a film screening of “Reversing The Stigma” – real stories about combating addiction in New York State

The first screening will take place in Sullivan County on Tuesday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. at Hurleyville Arts Center located at 12 Railroad Avenue in Hurleyville.

The second event will take place in Orange County on Friday, May 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre located at 17 South Street in Middletown.

“This film will inspire a community conversation and undoubtedly change participants’ perceptions of those who battle the disease that is addiction,” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System Director of Community Health Amanda Langseder. “We encourage the members from all sectors the community to join in, educate themselves and become part of the solution.”

“Stigma that leads to shame and isolation keeps people from seeking treatment and support.  This screening event in collaboration with state and local government and community providers, gives people hope that recovery is possible,” said Darcie M. Miller LCSW-R, Commissioner, Orange County Department of Social Services and Acting Commissioner, Orange County Department of Mental Health.

There is no charge to attend this event but reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling 1-888-321-6762.

If you are interested in organizing an event to preview the “Reversing the Stigma” film in your community, please contact Peggy Bonneau at  or (518) 457-4846.

About The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with approximately 1,600 prevention, treatment and recovery programs. OASAS chemical dependence treatment programs have an average daily enrollment of nearly 100,000 people and serve approximately 234,000 individuals every year.


  • Provides accessible, cost-effective quality services
  • Strengthens communities, schools and families through prevention
  • Improves lives through treatment
  • Meets individual needs through specialized services
  • Fosters partnerships for improved services
  • Links programs with research to improve results
  • Plans for the future to improve and strengthen prevention and treatment
  • Promotes a productive, well-trained workforce
  • Provides hope for happier, productive lives

OASAS plans, develops and regulates the state’s system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies. This includes the direct operation of 12 Addiction Treatment Centers, which serve around 8,000 persons per year. The agency inspects and monitors the over 900 chemical dependence treatment programs to guarantee quality of care and to ensure compliance with state and national standards. OASAS is the single designated state agency responsible for the coordination of state-federal relations in the area of addiction services.

The Office also monitors gambling and substance use and abuse trends in the state; provides a comprehensive education and prevention program through approximately 160 school- and community-based providers; promotes public awareness and citizen involvement through community action groups; pursues state, federal and private sources of funding for services; links clients served by other agencies and within the criminal justice system to addiction services; provides education and training for persons dealing with clients; and administers the credentialing of alcoholism and substance abuse counselors as well as prevention practitioners and prevention specialists.

OASAS is the single designated state agency responsible for the coordination of state-federal relations in the area of addiction services.

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