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For Immediate Release
September 15, 2011

Contact Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

September is Recovery Month

Lincoln—September is designated Recovery Month as an opportunity to recognize and affirm recovery for people with behavioral health problems. The 2011 theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Recovery Benefits Everyone."

This year, for the first time, Recovery Month has broadened its scope to celebrate people working to attain and sustain recovery from mental illnesses as well as addictions.

"The reality of recovery offers hope,” said Scot Adams, director, Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. “We want people to know that there are services that can help them live a satisfying, meaningful, and contributing life. “

In Nebraska, the state’s six behavioral health regions support and coordinate services for those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Information on the regions and service providers is available on the DHHS Network of Care website at http://dhhs.ne.gov//behavioral_health/Pages/networkofcare/_index.aspx 

“The Network of Care helps people seeking assistance find the services they need,” Adams said. “It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, news, communication tools and other topics. The Network of Care site offers new avenues for finding services.”

“For people with behavioral health problems, hope is embodied in the four core messages of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,” Adams said.

Those messages are:

  • Behavioral health is essential to health;
  • Prevention works;
  • Treatment is effective; and
  • People recover.

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NOTE: The 9th annual Recovery Rally celebrating Recovery Month will be held September 18th at the Nebraska State Capitol Building (north steps) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.