We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
The theme for Recovery Month 2015 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!, which highlights the value of peer support in educating, mentoring, and helping others. The theme also invites individuals in recovery and their support systems to be catalysts and active change agents in communities, and in civic and advocacy engagements. It encourages individuals to start conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions at earlier stages of life. (www.recoverymonth.gov)
Left to right: Bob Dellavella, Dennis O'Brien, Rep. Michael Driscoll, Derek Green, Sen. Sabatina, Helen Gym, Roland Lamb, Cm. Bobby Henon
25,000 Celebrate Recovery
Penn's Landing, Philadelphia
The Council would like to thank the record breaking 25,000 people who walked in support of recovery. Individuals, families, elected officials, organizations, businesses and schools came to Penn's Landing for the 14th Annual Recovery Walks! 2015.
You demonstrated that the Recovery Community is a constituency of consequence, that is willing to stand up to end stigma and be a voice for the 20 million still needing to access services to sustain long-term recovery.
Over 300 members of the Honor Guard, representing a total of 5,629 years in recovery, led the walk.
During the walk, education and advocacy activities included:
New voter registration
Family education booth
Petition to Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass a budget that includes $20 million for emergency treatment
Pennsylvania Commitment for Involvement in Healthcare Advocacy
Naloxone Education and Overdose Prevention Information Distribution
This year, we received more media attention than ever before! There is power in numbers and our voices are being heard! Plan to attend Recovery Walks! 2016 next September.
Ambassadors for Recovery and Advocacy Vanguard awards
Rep. Gene DiGirolamo presented seven Public Policy Advocacy awards.
This year we honored the following families:
- Angels in Motion
- Anthony's Act
- The Anna Straw Initiative
- How to Save a Life
- Kacie's Cause
- Be a Part of the Conversation
- Break the Addiction
Transformation Champion Award
PRO-ACT received one of the Transformation Champion awards presented by Dr. Evans, Commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. The Council is honored to have received this award. Since 1975, The Council has worked to end stigma and discrimination associated with Substance Use disorder. Receipt of this award gives us a renewed strength to continue to persevere through the barriers facing individuals and families seeking long-term recovery.
Other recipients were New Pathways, New Pathways for Women, Charles Ramsey, Senator Vincent Hughes, Prevention Point, and Bill White.
Thank You to Our Special Guests:
Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy
Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator, SAMHSA
Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)
Roland Lamb, Director, Office of Addiction Services, DBHIDS
Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia
Gary Tennis, Esq., Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)
Representative Gene DiGirolamo
Councilman Bobby Henon
Helen Gym, City Council Candidate
Derek Green, City Council Candidate
Your attendance and participation provide encouragement that our voices are heard and change is happening!
Special Guests: Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator, SAMHSA; Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy
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