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Excellus awards community health grants to local agencies

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has awarded $4,000 Community Health Award grants to three local agencies:

■ Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions — for Healthy Recovery Connections, a wellness plan addressing dual diagnoses of substance abuse and mental illness.

■ ACR Health — for an Adolescent Health Initiative to train peer educators to help youth at high-risk for unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and alcohol or substance abuse with life skills to help reduce risky behaviors.

■ Transitional Living Services of Northern New York — for training opportunities for two instructors in mental health first aid, “a ground-breaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders,” according to a recent Excellus news release.

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