2013 America Honors Recovery honorees announced
Faces & Voices is excited to announce the addiction recovery leaders and organizations that will be honored on June 26, 2013 at America Honors Recovery in Washington, DC. The event, sponsored with Caron Treatment Centers, honors the exceptional energy, commitment, dedication and creativity of these individuals and organizations in advocating for the rights of people and their families in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This year’s Vernon Johnson awards will be given to Tom Coderre, Rhode Island State Senate, Pawtucket, RI; Andre Johnson, Detroit Recovery Project, Detroit, MI; and Scott Strode, Phoenix Multisport, Denver, CO. The 2013 Joel Hernandez award winner is A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), San Diego, CA and the Lisa Mojer-Torres award will be given to Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, PA. The Voice of Recovery award will be given to Kristen Johnston, Emmy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Congratulations to this year’s honorees! Read more about them here.
Life in Recovery Survey results released!
We’ve been hearing from advocates and allies across the nation since releasing our Life in Recovery survey findings. The first-ever nationwide survey of persons in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs documents the heavy costs of addiction to the individual and the nation and for the first time, measures and quantifies the effects of recovery over time. We hope that you will use these findings to educate policy makers, business leaders and the public about the importance of investing in recovery to individuals, communities and the nation.
The Anonymous People screenings in DC and across the nation
Faces & Voices was pleased to present The Anonymous People (here’s a trailer to the film) to a standing-room only crowd in Washington, DC last week. A special thanks to our sponsor Brian’s Wish and to White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Faces & Voices Director of Programs Tom Hill; RICAREs Board chair and RI State Senate Chief of Staff Tom Coderre; and Hazelden Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations, William Cope Moyers for being on the panel following the screening. A special thanks! to the many organizations and individuals who made it possible for director Greg Williams to produce this remarkable film. Pre-release screenings are being hosted by recovery community organizations and supporters across the nation. Stay tuned for future opportunities!
Rally for Recovery! and Recovery Month
Planning is well underway for this year's national Rally for Recovery! hub event in Providence, RI on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Advocates throughout the region will be gathering for the Rally and to participate in WaterFire. We've been hearing from advocates in Canada, Ireland and England, who are planning their walks and rallies on September 21st as well. We will be live streaming from Providence and rallies around the globe. Stay tuned!
Building Public Awareness and Community Support: Strategies for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in Behavioral Health is the April 2013 Recovery Month Road to Recovery web cast moderated by Ivette Torres, SAMHSA/CSAT and featuring Fran Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA; Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services; John Shinholser, McShin Foundation; and Pat Taylor, Faces & Voices of Recovery. Check out other Road to Recovery Television programming here.
Measuring Success: A Guide to Becoming an Evidence-Based Practice, is a new handbook from the Vera Institute of Justice to help a wide range of social service practitioners measure the efficacy of their programs. They have developed a systematic approach to collecting information on goals, methods, and outcomes, breaking the process into three steps with easy-to-follow methodology to measuring performance.
State-based Advocacy for Essential Health Benefit Design for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders is part of an ongoing series of webinars from the Coalition for Whole Health that Faces & Voices of Recovery belongs to. It examines what federal regulations require for the coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services in states' new health insurance marketplaces and provides examples of advocacy efforts on mental health and substance use disorder coverage from two states. Donna Conley, CEO of Ohio Citizen Advocates and a Faces & Voices board member, is one of the speakers.
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