Addressing an Epidemic

Epidemic Information for Behavioral Health Providers

Studies show a strong connection between mental health and opioid use disorder. Because of this, many behavioral health professionals find themselves on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic—even if they do not specialize in addiction treatment.

An upcoming training hopes to give mental health practitioners the tools they need to assess opioid abuse, refer for treatment, and use brief interventions.  

Be Well Rappahannock, a coalition of local organizations working together to build a healthier community, will host the Role of Behavioral Health Providers in the Opioid Epidemic on March 10 on Germanna’s Fredericksburg campus.

The training will run from 9-11 a.m. and continuing education units will be available for attendants. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. Register online at For details or help, contact Carmen Greiner at 540-907-0121, ext. 2 or at

The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know

Opioids claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people in Virginia last year, according to predictions from the Virginia Department of Health. More Virginians died from opioids than from car crashes or guns. 

Be Well Rappahannock aims to increase awareness of the opioid epidemic and to empower individuals to save lives. An April 8 event will feature two trainings: an overview of the problem and a presentation on how to reverse opioid overdoses using naloxone. Both will be held on Germanna’s Fredericksburg campus.

A morning training session will offer an introduction to opiate addiction, address treatment approaches, and suggest ways to change the face of this epidemic in the Fredericksburg region. Register online for The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help at

REVIVE instructor shows the medical dummy to the class.
REVIVE! training teaches life saving techniques.

A 90-minute REVIVE! training will follow at 1 p.m. Sherry Norton-Williams will teach participants to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Those who complete the course will receive a free dose of naloxone, the lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose. Register online for this training at

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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

We encourage our community to stay home (whenever possible) and stay safe throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We now offer most of our outpatient, early intervention, and case management services via telemedicine so you can receive the support you need from the safety of your home.

Our committee and board meetings and facilities tour for April have been canceled. Our day support programs are suspended temporarily.

Our popular plant sale is continuing but with some changes to ensure everyone's safety. Please order ahead and your plants will be waiting for you when you drive up.

At this time, we are suspending recruitment for most positions. See our employment portal for more information.

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