The Holidays- Taking Care of Yourself

Before you get too deep into the time known simply as “the holidays”, a time that stretches from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, sit down and ask yourself if you want to do it differently this year. And, if the answer is “yes”, start now to put that plan in place before the weeks have flown by and you are ringing in the New Year.

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Madison County Victim Impact Panel

VIP is an opportunity for court mandated participants to hear real life stories and become aware of the spiral effect of impaired driving crashes.  Those who have been affected in one way or another hope their stories will help others to make low risk choices and avoid the pain they have experienced. 

A speaker might be family member or a friend of someone injured or killed, the actual person injured, a first responder or the offender themselves.  Each has a story to tell and the telling of that story can be a part of their healing as well.

Madison County VIP is a program of the Office of the Madison County Sheriff and administered by BRiDGES.  If you have any questions regarding this program or if you or someone you know needs support as a result of an impaired crash you can reach the program administrator at 697-3947 or by email at


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Responsible Server Training
Training for Intervention Procedures

Both the Responsible Server Training, designed by the Genesee Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, and Training for Intervention ProcedureS or TiPS, are programs for servers, managers and owners of businesses that sell alcohol. Staff at BRiDGES are certified to train both RST and TIPS for on-premise (bars, restaurants, etc), off-premise (liquor or retail stores) and University (Resident Advisors, Resident Directors, etc.)  These are designed to impact the environment by educating those who are selling and/or serving alcohol about the New York  State laws that prohibit alcohol sales to minors and obviously intoxicated persons, to prevent the laws from being violated. The trainings increase awareness of the effects of alcohol on the brain, intoxication rate factors, tolerance and BAC, and provide intervention strategies, including checking IDs.

Trainings are available, at a nominal cost, on a regular basis for establishments or organizations that sell or serve alcohol to the public. Call Susan Jenkins at 315 697-3947 for information on classes available in Madison County.
Medication Disposal Kiosks in Madison County

Madison County is fortunate to have four kiosks at various locations in Madison County. The locations and hours of operation are as follows:

* The lobby of the Department of Motor Vehicles at the County Office Building in Wampsville, NY. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* The lobby of the Department of Social Services on North Court Street in Wampsville, NY. Open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

* Chittenango Police Department, Genesee Street, Chittenango, NY. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday

* New York State Police, Troop D Headquarters, Route 5, Oneida, NY. Open 24 hours a day.


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