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eNewsletter - March 28, 2012
Nominations due by March 30, 2012
Join us in recognizing 2012's most influential recovery community leaders and organizations by submitting your nominations for the Joel Hernandez and Vernon Johnson awards. Recipients will receive their awards at a June 27, 2012 reception in Washington, DC. Mark your calendar to join us!
Recovery Community Center Survey
March 30, 2012 is the deadline for responding to our first ever survey of Recovery Community Centers across the country. Thanks very much to everyone who has already been in touch with us.
SAMHSA Recovery Definition Updated
The federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a slightly revised working definition and principles of recovery from a mental disorder, a substance use disorder, or both. When SAMHSA first released a working definition in December 2010, Faces & Voices called on the agency to make modifications because it failed to recognize the importance of not using alcohol and other illicit or non-prescribed drugs as part of recovery from addiction. The revised working definition and principles give more emphasis to the role of abstinence in recovery from addictions, and indicates that an individual may be in recovery from a mental disorder, a substance use disorder, or both.
Recovery Voices Count! National Party Conventions
Are you going to be a delegate to the Republican or Democratic National Conventions? Have you thought about running as a delegate? Please let us know if you'll be in Tampa, FL or Charlotte, NC later this year. We are beginning our work with allies to establish Recovery/Wellness Rooms at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions as part of our nonpartisan civic engagement campaign, Recovery Voices Count! and to organize meetings with state delegations and other activities. Help us make Recovery Voices Count in 2012!
SAMHSA budget briefing
(left to right) Mark Stringer, MO Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Lindsey Glass, Reach Out Recovery and Faces & Voices of Recovery; Laura Nelson, MD; AZ Division of Behavioral Health Services; and Sheriff Brian Gootkin, Gallatin County, MT at March 22, 2012 briefing.
Representatives John Sullivan (R-OK) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), co-chairs of the Congressional Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus and Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, joined the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) in sponsoring a March 22, 2012 briefing on the state budget crisis and addressing the needs of the public mental health and addiction services systems. Lindsey Glass spoke about her recovery and the importance of investing in recovery.
What You Can Do: Use Our Online Advocacy Action Center to ask your elected officials to support the Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) and SAMHSA funding today!
National Summit on Recovery From Substance Use Disorders: Bringing Together the Head and the Heart of Recovery, is a report from the September 2010 Summit convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The Summit assessed the progress made in advancing recovery and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) since the 2005 National Summit on Addiction Recovery.
The 2012 Alcohol Awareness Month (April) faith community bulletin insert was developed by the Mid-America ATTC. It can be downloaded and used by churches, temples and mosques for their Sunday/Sabbath-day bulletins, newsletters or bulletin boards.
To Build a Better Criminal Justice System: 25 Experts Envision the Next 25 Years of Reform, Marc Mauer and Kate Epstein, editors is a publication celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Sentencing Project.