CFR sees progress, thanks to substance abuse grant

A grant program aimed at preventing substance abuse is in its final year, and is achieving goals in Webster County, according to Mickie Shubin, certified treatment specialist for Community and Family Resources.

Shubin spoke on the Iowa Partnership for Success grant to the Webster County Board of Supervisors Tuesday as the supervisors signed a proclamation recognizing September as National Recovery Month.

CFR’s annual Recovery and Wellness Family Fun Festival will be held Sept. 29 at Oleson Park.

“We’re going into our last year of the grant, and everything is going really well. We’re on track to meet all our long-term outcomes,” Shubin said.

One of those outcomes is that all schools in Webster County now have a section in their handbook stating any student can come to any staff member and get a referral if they need assistance, she said.

“We are also meeting our long-term outcome for alcohol restrictions at community events. We have eight of the 11 events in Webster County have done policies. So that’s wonderful,” she said. “Prevention does work.”

The festival will celebrate recovery from substance abuse and addiction.

“It is open to everybody to come and hear the voices of recovery,” said Blake Harvey, CFR outpatient supervisor. “We have a person sharing their story who went through family treatment court and is going to share with the community how CFR, and going through family treatment court, impacted their life.”

The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Oleson Park shelter. Food will be provided for $1. There will also be family-friendly activities, including music, crafts, balloon animals, yoga in the park, bike safety and behavioral health resources.

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