Addiction and Recovery/Behavioral Health Committee

Meetings

Four times a year

Addiction and Recovery/Behavioral Health Committee

The Southampton Town Board voted in September 2021 to create the Addiction and Recovery/Behavioral Health Committee.  The new Committee merged the Addiction and Recovery Committee with the Mental Health Committee because often times addiction is considered a mental health problem.  In July 2018 the Opioid Addiction and Recovery Committee was created to replace the 42 member Opioid Addiction Task Force that was formed in October of 2017 to address the Opioid Crisis.  The Task Force was assigned to come up with recommendations to the Town Board on solutions to the problem.  That Draft Report was presented at a Work Session in June 2018.  The Addiction and Recovery/Behavioral Health Committee will continue that work.  The group meets once a month on the third Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5pm.  During the COVID 19 pandemic, the Committee meets through Zoom.  The Addiction and Recovery/Behavioral Health Committee is comprised of 15 members of the community as follows: 5 health care professionals, 1 Youth Services professional, 1 educator, 1 community representative, 1 family member of a victim, 1 law enforcement representative, 1 clergy member, 2 Addiction specialists and 2 former members of the Mental Health Committee.  They are as follows:

Members

  • Kym Laube-HUGS, Co-Chair of the Addiction and Recovery/Behavioral Health Committee
  • Mark Epley-Seafield, Co-Chair of the Addiction and Recovery/Behavioral Health Committee
  • Susan Sargent-Medical Insurance Industry consultant
  • Linn Turecamo-Community Member
  • Dr. Paul Garson-Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
  • Drew Scott-Family member of victim
  • Fr. Constantine Lazarakis-clergy
  • Chief Steven Skrynecki-Southampton Police
  • Kimberly Spellman-Mc Clain-Southampton High School
  • Tory Masters-from the former Mental Health Committee
  • Cara Sultan-Youth Bureau
  • Jamie Bowden- Community Services, from the former Mental Health committee
  • Colleen Murphy-Nurse Case Manager-Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
  • Jessica Lennon-ER Nurse Stony Brook Southampton Hospital
  • Christine Cantrell-Stony Brook Southampton-Recovery Coach

For information about services available please visit the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services at

https://www.oasas.ny.gov/

http://www.hrhcare.org/opioid/