Weekly Recovery Support Group Now Available

By on May 22, 2023

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ ROSS program (Recovery Overdose Support Services) is hosting a weekly recovery group on Thursday afternoons at the Community Care Clinic in Nags Head. Held from 2:30 to 3:45 pm, the meetings will be facilitated by ROSS Peer Support Specialists and include two recovery approaches –  SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning).

Groups are free and open to participants of the Syringe Services Program, clinic patients, and any community members who would like to explore these options for their own recovery.

SMART was founded in 1994 and is still growing in the United States and worldwide. A non-profit organization, SMART is an abstinence-oriented program that is dedicated to helping individuals gain independence from addiction of all kinds, including substances or activities (behaviors). WRAP was created in 1997 during a workshop on mental health recovery led by author and mental health advocate Mary Ellen Copeland. Aimed at creating a personal wellness toolbox, it promotes the development of a daily plan to stay on track with your life and wellness goals. The five key concepts of WRAP include hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy and support.

“In SMART, we work on building and maintaining motivation; coping with urges; managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and living a balanced life,” said Peer Support Specialist Katy Haslar. “We also focus on the present and what you want for your future rather than the past.”

While the SMART program has many similarities to the familiar community support groups such as AA and NA, what sets this program apart is that it offers those struggling with addiction the freedom and independence to choose and build their own path to recovery through evidence-based tools and group discussions.

The SMART program can be used as an alternative to, or along with, 12-step programs. The programs do not contradict each other, but SMART uses a secular (non-faith based) format. However, use of a higher power or any other faith-based belief system is not discouraged—it’s just not a requirement for our program.

“Being in recovery is individual – it means different things to different people, so we encourage you to define what recovery is for yourself,” Haslar said. “We offer support for individuals in any and all phases of their recovery process – including those working with medically assisted treatment.” For more information on the weekly recovery groups, email



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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