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  •  Rome Memorial Hospital appoints Ashlee Thompson as new director of its Community Recovery Center


    Ashlee L. Thompson, MSEd, CASAC, has been named the new director of Rome Memorial Hospital’s Community Recovery Center (CRC), announced Vice President Planning/Outpatient Services Mark Snyderman. Thompson has been a chemical dependency counselor for nearly five years at the outpatient center, which provides quality, comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse counseling. She has been serving as interim director since May.
    “We are pleased to announce the permanent appointment of Ashlee Thompson to the position of director of the Community Recovery Center,” Snyderman said. “Ashlee’s knowledge, motivation and commitment to leading our Community Recovery Center are tremendous assets in addressing the growing chemical dependency needs of our community.”

     Ashlee Thompson 
    Ashlee Thompson
    Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, and her master of science degree in childhood education and special education from Touro College, New York City.
    A credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor through the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), State of New York, Thompson began her career in chemical dependency treatment in 2006 as a counselor at the Insight House Chemical Dependency Services, Inc., Utica.
    “I always wanted to go into a field where I could help others,” Thompson said. “While working in education, I came to understand that a lot of the problems young people were facing were due to conditions they had to deal with at home and often times this included substance abuse issues. I saw how important it was for families, and communities in general, to get help in addressing these issues.”
    The Community Recovery Center provides treatment for adults and adolescents who are addicted to alcohol, prescription medications and illegal drugs. Thompson said that the need for the CRC in the Rome community has never been greater.
    “We are facing an opiate epidemic,” she explained. “The use of heroin, specifically, is increasing throughout the area, even among adolescents. It is imperative that we reach out to the community with the tools and information needed to help combat this epidemic.”
    The CRC was recently certified by the New York State Department of Health and AIDS Institute as an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. This certification allows the CRC to provide Narcan kits and training to their clientele and community members. Narcan is a drug that can reverse some of the most dangerous effects of an opioid overdose, when administered properly. Registered Nurse Michelle Barrett of the CRC will be offering the narcan training both at the CRC and Rome Memorial Hospital. Thompson said that she or another member of the staff will also be leading additional narcan training sessions for the community soon.
    Thompson currently serves on the Oneida County Opiate/Heroin Task Force. The group consists of people from law enforcement, service providers, contract agencies, non-profit organizations and community members. The task force is striving to create workable solutions to the problem of increased use of opiates and heroin by focusing on specific actions, including education, treatment and increased services.
    “As director of the CRC, I look forward to the opportunity to work with local health care providers and community members to assure that help is available to those who need it,” Thompson said.
    In her new position as director, Thompson says one of her main objectives is to educate the community about the help that is available at the CRC, and that treatment is not limited to those suffering from addiction but also members of their family unit including spouses, significant others, and children. “When we are able to treat the whole family, not just individuals, there are often much better outcomes,” Thompson said.
    Thompson was also instrumental in the development of a monthly Family Support Group that meets from 6-7 p.m., the third Monday of each month at Rome Memorial Hospital. From the first meeting in March, the Family Support Group has been well attended and appreciated as a safe place for information and advice for those trying to help their loved ones who are battling addiction.
    “I am also very grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing staff at the CRC, who are dedicated to reaching out to those in need and finding the best possible ways to assist them,” Thompson said. “Working together, I know the community is going to continue to see great things from the CRC.”
    Located at 264 W. Dominick St., Rome, the Community Recovery Center operates Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The center participates with most major insurance programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. A sliding scale fee is available for self-pay clients. For more information about the Community Recovery Center, call 334-4701.