Wednesday, October 15, 2008

OASAS Statewide Comprehensive Plan 2008 - 2012 affirms importance of collaboration across systems

It is affirming to read that OASAS like GCASA believes in cross systems collaboration. GCASA's mission has been for years "to improve community health, reduce stigma towards people with substance abuse disorders, and to work across systems for positive community change."

The third part of GCASA's mission is celebrated every year at the annual awards dinner in the fall where we publically acknowledge our collorative partners and all those who work to improve the quality of life in our communties of Genesee and Orleans. Throughout the year GCASA staff works collaboratively with community partners to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Over many years, GCASA has developed many important partnerships with the criminal justice system, the school system, the health care system, the public welfare system, the faith based community, community nonprofits, youth serving agencies, civic organizations, business, and government.

It is very validating to finally find a state agency, OASAS, which recognizes and supports these collablorations. For too long bureaucracies have been rigid and funding has been rigidly categorical constraining creative partnerships.

Here is what it says about collaboration in the OASAS comprehensive plan on page 3.

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This is article #3 in a series on the OASAS comprehensive plan

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