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File #: 180790    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/13/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/13/2018
Title: Recognizing September as National Recovery Month in Philadelphia and Celebrating the 17th Annual PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! to Promote Recovery and Work to End the Stigma Surrounding Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Green, Councilmember O'Neill
Attachments: 1. Signature18079000.pdf
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Recognizing September as National Recovery Month in Philadelphia and Celebrating the 17th Annual PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! to Promote Recovery and Work to End the Stigma Surrounding Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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WHEREAS, September 2018 marks the 29th Annual National Recovery Month. This month celebrates the gains people with mental and/or substance use disorders have made towards living healthy and rewarding lives by utilizing substance use treatment and mental health services. The theme for National Recovery Month 2018 is, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community," highlighting the importance of integrated care, a strong community, a sense of purpose, and leadership to effective and sustainable treatment and recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders; and

WHEREAS, According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 44.7 million American adults, or 18.3% of American adults, experience mental illness. Meanwhile, 20.1 million Americans aged 12 or older, or 7.5% of the population, have a substance use disorder. Of these, 8.2 million American adults have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders; and

WHEREAS, Across the country, millions of Americans have transformed their lives through recovery. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities celebrate the accomplishments made by those who have sought treatment; and

WHEREAS, Nationally, only 10.8% of patients with substance use disorders get the treatment they need. In Philadelphia, an estimated 58,391 individuals misused prescription opioids within the past year, and there are at least 55,000 heroin users in the City. The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services partners with a wide range of recovery support services, including 58 outpatient facilities, 14 opioid treatment programs, and 44 r...

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