Gov. Quinn proclaims September as 'Recovery Month' in Illinois
events planned in Springfield and Chicago
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[September 04, 2013]
CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn
proclaimed September as "Recovery Month" in the state of Illinois to
increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance
use disorders. Recovery Month celebrates the continued success of
many people in Illinois who have achieved recovery from alcohol and
substance addiction and mental illness.
"I want to commend those who are in recovery and urge those who need
assistance to seek it out. Treatment is effective, and people can
and do recover," said Illinois Department of Human Services
Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler. "I also want to recognize the
tremendous dedication of prevention, treatment and recovery support
providers across the state."
This year's theme, "Join the Voices
for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness," highlights the many
ways people can prevent behavioral health issues, seek treatment and
sustain recovery successfully. Last year, IDHS funded substance
abuse treatment services for nearly 80,000 people and mental health
services for approximately 140,000 people in Illinois.
IDHS will celebrate Recovery Month with a softball game and ice
cream social in Springfield. The free event will be on Sept. 11 from
5:30 to 8 p.m. at Cy Young Field, 901 E. Southwind Road.
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In addition, IDHS and the Chicago Department of Public Health are
co-sponsoring the Recovery Walk in Chicago on Sept. 21 at Washington
Park. IDHS will offer rapid HIV testing and will have trained
counselors on hand at the event.
For more information about Recovery Month, visit
Illinois Department of Human
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Illinois Office of Communication and Information]