January 21, 2020
Mayor Steve Williams announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, that Huntington’s Quick Response Team (QRT) has been selected as a mentor site as part of a national initiative to spread law enforcement and first responder diversion programs across the country in their efforts to respond to the opioid crisis.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice, selected eight mentor sites through a competitive process to participate in the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Program Mentoring Initiative, which will fund peer-to-peer site visit opportunities for law enforcement and first responder agencies across the country.
The eight sites represent a diverse cross-section of successful diversion programs and collaborations between law enforcement and first responders, behavioral health providers, and other community partners to connect individuals with opioid use disorder to treatment instead of entering the criminal justice system.
The Quick Response Team was established in December 2017 in response to an unprecedented number of overdoses in Cabell County. Cabell County EMS, the City of Huntington, Huntington Police Department, Marshall University and behavioral health agencies partnered to develop the program. Faith leaders have since been added as a component of the QRT.
Members of the QRT provide outreach to individuals within 48 hours of an overdose event. While the QRT initially targeted individuals who received an EMS response for their overdose, it has expanded the program to include community referrals.
Marshall University collects data and provides analysis of the QRT’s work.
Since the QRT was launched in December 2017, it has come into contact with 720 individuals, of which 216, or approximately 30 percent, have sought treatment. Cabell County’s fatal overdose rate fell 24 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the most recent CDC data, and nonfatal overdose calls fell 52 percent, from 1,831 in 2017 to 878 in 2019.
“The Quick Response Team’s inclusion in this mentoring initiative is another example of how collaboration in Huntington is leading to innovation, and that innovation is providing solutions to the opioid epidemic that other communities across the country are seeking to replicate,” Williams said.
“The QRT members’ compassion and dedication is what has made this program so successful, and it is vital to have the support and leadership from Mayor Williams and Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry,” said Connie Priddy, a Cabell County EMS employee and the QRT coordinator. “This recognition proves what can be done when a community comes together.”
Other communities included in the mentor initiative are Colerain Township (Ohio) Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services; Lucas County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office; Mundelein (Illinois) Police Department; City of Philadelphia; East Bridgewater (Massachusetts) Police Department; Seattle-King County Public Defender Association; and the Tucson (Arizona) Police Department.
For more information about the Law Enforcement/First Responder Diversion and Referral Mentoring Initiative, visit www.coapresources.org/learning/peertopeer/diversion.
December 24, 2019
For the 2020 calendar year, weekly household garbage pickup for these holidays will be as follows:
New Year’s Day 2020: Normal pickup Monday, December 30th, and Tuesday, December 31st. No pickup on Wednesday, January 1st. Wednesday through Friday pickups will be on a one-day delay this week, running Thursday, January 2nd through Saturday, January 4th.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday: Normal pickup
Presidents Day: Normal Pickup
Primary Election Day: Normal Pickup
Memorial Day: No pickup on Monday, May 25th. All pickups will be a one-day delay this week, running Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, May 30th.
Independence Day (observed): Normal Pickup
Labor Day: No pickup Monday, September 7th. All pickups will be on a one-day delay this week, running Tuesday, September 8th through Saturday, September 12th.
Columbus Day: Normal Pickup
General Election Day: Normal Pickup
Veterans Day: Normal Pickup
Thanksgiving Day: Normal pickup Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th. No pickup Thursday, November 26th. Thursday and Friday pickups will be on a one-day delay, running Friday, November 27th through Saturday, November 28th.
Christmas Day: Normal pickup Monday, December 21st through Thursday, December 24th. No pickup Friday, December 25th. Friday household garbage will be picked up on Saturday, December 26th.
New Year’s Day 2021: Normal pickup Monday, December 28th through Thursday, December 31st. No pickup Friday, January 1st. Friday household garbage will be picked up on Saturday, January 2nd.
December 11, 2019
The City of Huntington and Mountain Health Network are pleased to announce Mountain Health Network as the new naming sponsor for the ASM Global-managed Huntington Civic Arena. The new name of the 7,500-seat facility is Mountain Health Arena.
“We are pleased to become the naming sponsor for the Huntington Civic Arena,” said Lisa Chamberlin Stump, chief strategy officer for Mountain Health Network. “The arena draws more than 170,000 attendees for concerts and events annually throughout the region who are also patients and families that Mountain Health Network hospitals serve. We are proud to support the City of Huntington and its investment in the arena that provides for quality of life, economic growth and jobs for our community.”
The City of Huntington and Mountain Health Network will sign the naming rights contract upon approval by Huntington City Council. City Council will conduct a special call meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, where members will vote whether to approve the contract.
Mountain Health Network agreed to purchase the arena naming rights for $175,000 per year over the course of 10 years, or $1.75 million total. The annual proceeds will go to the City of Huntington’s general fund.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Mountain Health Network for the next decade,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “Mountain Health Arena will present a unique branding opportunity for our community. The naming rights will remind consumers throughout the Ohio River Valley and beyond that Huntington is a city that has become a regional medical center and is also a city that provides a dynamic environment for entertainment.
“Mountain Health and the City of Huntington, with the professional operations of ASM Global, will operate an exciting venue that enhances the quality of life for the residents of our region.”
The arena plans to begin the rebranding process at the beginning of next year. A 2015 economic impact study by Marshall University’s Center for Business and Economic Research showed the arena generates more than $17 million in economic benefit annually for the city.
“A local arena contributes to job creation, generates taxes, improves property values and increases business for hotels, restaurants and retail,” said Cindy Collins, general manager of the arena. “It also supports local businesses such as radio, television, newspaper and helps drive tourism to strengthen a city’s brand.”
During the past year, Collins has worked closely with the City of Huntington to update the exterior of the building and remodel the convention center. Plaza renovations will begin next year.
“As we sought out a naming rights partner, we knew it needed to be an organization that not only aligned with our core values, and represented our area’s unique spirit, but also one which had the brand power to take us to the next level,” Collins said. “We knew after our first meeting with Mountain Health Network leadership that this was the group with which we wanted to be identified. We’re very excited for this new partnership, new direction and new name.”
November 26, 2019
The Neighborhood Institute of Huntington, the umbrella organization for Huntington's neighborhood associations, is now accepting microgrant applications for community projects.
Applicants should be able to describe the general purpose of the project (e.g. safety, beautification), the scope and the proposed use of funds. The grantee will have 60 days from the project start date to submit itemized receipts and/or return any unused portion of the funds to the Neighborhood Institute.
Click here to download the microgrant application. Completed applications can be emailed to Janina Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Neighborhood Institute of Huntington, PO Box 9291, Huntington, WV 25704.
Click here to learn more about the Neighborhood Institute and how you can get connected to a neighborhood association near you.
November 19, 2019
The City of Huntington has received a perfect score from the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization for creating an inclusive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday released its 2019 Municipal Equality Index, which ranked 506 U.S. cities of varying sizes on several factors, including nondiscrimination laws, municipal employment policies, inclusiveness of city services, law enforcement with regard to LGBTQ persons and municipal leadership on matters of equality.
Huntington received a perfect score of 100 on a 100-point scale and, for the fourth consecutive year, tallied the highest score among cities that were evaluated in West Virginia. Only 88 cities received a perfect score. The nationwide average was 60.
Charleston (91), Wheeling (57), Charles Town (45), Lewisburg (43), Morgantown (75), and Parkersburg (13) were also included in the report.
Huntington also for the third consecutive year was designated as an “All-Star” city for scoring above 85 points despite hailing from a state without LGBTQ-inclusive statewide non-discrimination laws. Across the country, 59 cities like these set a standard of LGBTQ inclusiveness with exemplary, best-practice policies such as local non-discrimination laws, providing transgender-inclusive health benefits for city employees and offering LGBTQ-inclusive city services.
“Receiving a perfect score in the 2019 Municipal Equality Index validates what our community already knows -- that Huntington is a city of honor, respect and compassion,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “And while we have made strides to become more inclusive in Huntington, our work is not done.
“We are organizing our community so that every person has a distinct and vested responsibility to advance our city’s prosperity. Our vision is that we embrace our diversity and actively seek inclusiveness as we learn to stand as one people celebrating our differences. We will be able to shape our future by assuring every person in our city has a seat at the table and has a voice to be heard.”
The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city and a searchable database, is available online at https://www.hrc.org/mei.
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