Linkage Specialist

Gina Chinese is CASJ’s Linkage Specialist. Gina provides syringe exchange, harm reduction education, and is responsible for connecting participants to detox, substance abuse treatment, and other medical and mental health services. She works with participants to identify their own goals and assists them in achieving them. Gina became interested in the field of harm reduction in 2016, and began working with CASJ as a Volunteer Opioid Overdose Prevention Trainer.

Gina has an Associates degree in Liberal Arts and is currently in the Chemical Dependency Counseling Program working toward a Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certificate at Suffolk County Community College.  Gina has ten years of experience managing and training staff, working with customer service and striving to improve program function.