February 18, 2020
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MR. CODERRE: GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO
SAMHSA’S 25TH ANNUAL RECOVERY MONTH OBSERVANCE. A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
25 YEARS. [APPLAUSE]
I AM THE NEW SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE ADMINISTRATOR AT SAMHSA.
RECOVERY MONTH IS SO SPECIAL TO ME BECAUSE I’M ALSO A PERSON IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY.
[APPLAUSE] THANK YOU.
AND FOR ME, THAT MEANS I HAVEN’T USED ALCOHOL OR DRUGS SINCE MAY OF 2003, AND AS A RESULT,
MY LIFE, THE LIFE OF MY FAMILY, AND ULTIMATELY THE LIFE OF MY ENTIRE COMMUNITY HAS GOTTEN
BETTER AS A RESULT OF MY PERSONAL RECOVERY. THIS IS A VERY PERSONAL THING FOR ME.
AS A RESULT OF MY RECOVERY, I’VE BECOME A VERY PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF SOCIETY.
I LIVE A PRODUCTIVE AND FULL LIFE TODAY. I’M PROOF THAT WHEN PEOPLE GET THE HELP THAT
THEY NEED, THEY CAN AND DO RECOVER. I’M HONORED TO SERVE AS YOUR EMCEE TODAY.
THIS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANT ROLE RECOVERY PLAYS IN ADDRESSING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES,
SUCH AS MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. THIS IS WHAT THE 25TH ANNUAL NATIONAL RECOVERY
MONTH OF SERVICE IS ALL ABOUT, CELEBRATING INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED LONG-TERM RECOVERY
FROM MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF
THE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN PROVIDING TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SERVICES.
RECOVERY MONTH SHOWS US ALL THAT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IS ESSENTIAL TO OVERALL HEALTH, THAT
PREVENTION WORKS, THAT TREATMENT FOR MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS IS EFFECTIVE,
AND THAT PEOPLE CAN AND DO RECOVER. THIS MORNING, WE WILL HEAR FROM A WIDE ARRAY
OF PEOPLE WITH INSIGHT INTO THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR NATION AND HOW TREATMENT
AND RECOVERY SUPPORTS ARE HELPING PEOPLE ACHIEVE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.
SOME OF THE SPEAKERS — I THINK THIS IS A HISTORIC DAY.
FIVE OF THE SEVEN FOLKS ON THE DAIS HERE TODAY ARE PEOPLE IN RECOVERY.
[APPLAUSE] I DON’T THINK THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
THEY WILL SHARE THEIR OWN EXPENSE WITH RECOVERY AND HOW IT HAS TRANSFORMED THEIR LIVES.
THAT IS WHAT TODAY’S EVENT IS ALL ABOUT. I’M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE SOMEONE WHO HAS DEDICATED
HER ENTIRE PROFESSIONAL LIFE TO THIS CAUSE, SAMHSA’S ADMINISTRATOR.
[APPLAUSE] ADMINISTRATOR HYDE: THANK YOU.
IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US. WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE JOINED US.
THIS IS A HISTORIC EVENT IN MANY WAYS. THIS IS OUR 25TH YEAR OF CELEBRATING RECOVERY
MONTH, JUST ONE OF THE UNIQUE THINGS ABOUT RECOVERY MONTH THIS YEAR.
I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOME KEY LEADERSHIP THAT IS HERE.
THIS IS A WHOLE FAMILY ISSUE. ALL OF SAMHSA IS SUPPORTING THIS ISSUE.
THE DIRECTORS OF SAMHSA’S CENTER FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR INVENTION, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT,
AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT HAVE ALL JOINED US.
WE DO ACRONYMS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MANY OF THE BUILDING BLOCKS HAVE BEEN PLACED
FOR NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH. THEIR RICH LEADERSHIP IS KEY TO ITS CONTINUED
SUCCESS. YOU WILL HEAR FROM THE DIRECTOR OF CMHS AS
WE RELEASE A NUMBER OF KEY DATA TODAY. HE IS LEADING SAMHSA’S RECOVERY SUPPORT STRATEGIC
INITIATIVES. IN MANY WAYS, HE HAS SERVED IN A NATIONAL
LEADER ON BRINGING RECOVERY TO THE CENTER STAGE.
FRAN IS CSAP’S DIRECTOR. WE KNOW IT IS EASIER TO STAY HEALTHY THAN
TO GET HEALTHY. SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION IS THE UPSTREAM
COMPONENT TO SAMHSA’S WORK AND PREVENTION PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN CREATING A HEALTHIER
AMERICA. AND OF COURSE, TOM, THE NEW SENIOR ADVISOR
IN SAMHSA IS WELL KNOWN TO MOST OF YOU IN THIS ROOM, A LEADER IN THE VOICE OF RECOVERY.
HE HAILS FROM RHODE ISLAND, WHERE HE WAS PREVIOUSLY THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE RHODE ISLAND SENATE
PRESIDENT. WE ARE THRILLED HE HAS JOINED SAMHSA AND IS
GOING TO BE ADDING HIS COMMITMENT TO OUR RECOVERY ISSUES AND OUR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ISSUES
FOR ALL OF OUR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES.
THE SECOND WAY THAT TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT IS THAT, RATHER THAN
RELEASING THE FULL SURVEY REPORT THIS YEAR, WE ARE RELEASING A SHORT REPORT.
I WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT. IT HIGHLIGHTS SOME KEY STATISTICAL INFORMATION
ABOUT THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND ABOUT SUBSTANCE USE THROUGHOUT THE NATION
FROM THE 2013 NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE AND HEALTH, THE NSDUH.
THIS INFORMATION HELPS PROVIDE US A FULLER PICTURE OF THE SPECTRUM OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
ISSUES IN AMERICA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADDRESSING THESE
NEEDS. THE THIRD WAY THAT THIS IS A LITTLE UNIQUE
HAS BEEN MENTIONED, IT IS THE 25TH OBSERVANCE OF NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH. 25 YEARS, A QUARTER OF A CENTURY THAT WE HAVE
SPENT ILLUMINATING, DEFINING, VALIDATING, AND SHAPING A CONCEPT INTO A FACT — THAT
PEOPLE DO RECOVER, THAT PEOPLE CAN LEAD FULL AND PRODUCTIVE LIVES.
WE ARE HERE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND CELEBRATE THAT REALITY.
IT IS TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FAMILY, FRIENDS, LOVED ONES WHO SUPPORT THEM AND THE PROFESSIONALS
AS WELL. PEOPLE LIKE PARTNERS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE OF DRUG CONTROL POLICY — YOU’LL HEAR LATER FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR.
I WILL HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING HIM MORE FORMALLY IN JUST A MINUTE.
WELCOME. WE WILL HEAR FROM HIM AND DIRECTLY FROM THOSE
AT THE HEAD TABLE WHO KNOW A LOT ABOUT RECOVERY AND ABOUT ACHIEVING WELLNESS.
THIS IS MY FIFTH RECOVERY MONTH PRESS CONFERENCE AS SAMHSA ADMINISTRATOR.
I’M PROUD OF THAT. IT’S ALWAYS A BIG MONTH AND A BIG DAY FOR
US. SOMEBODY SAID TO ME IN THE ELEVATOR THE OTHER
DAY, IT’S RECOVERY MONTH. I HOPE YOU GET TO SLEEP IN OCTOBER.
THAT’S HOW BUSY WE ARE DURING THIS MONTH, TRYING TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT.
EVERY YEAR WHEN I PREPARE FOR THIS EVENT, I’M ALWAYS STRUCK BY THE GREAT JOB THAT THE
SAMHSA STAFF DO AND THE RECOVERY MONTH PLANNING PARTNERS DO, MANY OF WHOM ARE IN THE ROOM
TODAY. THE RECOVERY MONTH PLANNING PARTNERS REPRESENT
ORGANIZATIONS WITH MEMBERS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AND COLLECTIVE CONTRIBUTION
THAT THEY MAKE TO THE IMPORTANT WORK OF SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF RECOVERY ALL YEAR ROUND.
THEY DO MARCHES, THEY DO MEETINGS, THEY DO PRESS RELEASES, THEY DO PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENTS,
THEY DO ALL KINDS OF THINGS TO GET THAT WORKED OUT.
WHILE WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE RECOVERY, WE ARE ALSO HERE TO LOOK THE NUMBERS IN THE EYE.
THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WE RELEASE THE NSDUH DATA FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.
IN ORDER TO RESOLVE AN ISSUE, SOLVE A PROBLEM, OR IMPROVE A SITUATION, WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
IT. THAT’S WHAT NSDUH HELPS US DO.
THE DATA BECOMES OUR TEACHER. THE NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE AND HEALTH.
THE NSDUH IS AN ANNUAL SURVEY OF THE CIVILIAN, NONINSTITUTIONAL POPULATION OF THE U.S. AGED
12 AND OLDER. IT IS FROM ADOLESCENCE THROUGH ADULTHOOD.
DATA FROM THE NSDUH PROVIDES INFORMATION PROVIDES INFORMATION ON ILLICIT DRUG USE, ALCOHOL USE,
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT, REASONS FOR NOT RECEIVING SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT,
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE USE, AND CO-OCCURRING SUBSTANCE USE
DISORDER AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. IN SHORT, FOR US, THE NSDUH IS A POWERFUL,
STATISTICAL TOOL, USED BY PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO PLAN PROGRAMS AND DEVELOP APPROACHES
TO THESE ISSUES. I WANT TO THANK THE HEAD OF SAMHSA’S CENTER
FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH STATISTICS AND QUALITY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP.
THESE EFFORTS ARE GROWING. THE CENTER IS GROWING WITH ADDITIONAL MENTAL
HEALTH DATA, ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY ROOM DATA, AND ADDITIONAL DATA ANALYSIS AND REPORTING
ALL BECAUSE OF HIS LEADERSHIP. WATCH LATER THIS MONTH FOR THE FULL SUBSTANCE
ABUSE REPORT AND THE FULL MENTAL HEALTH REPORT WILL BE OUT LATER THIS FALL.
IN EARLY 2015 WE WILL HAVE THE NATIONAL AND STATE BAROMETERS WHICH USE NSDUH AND THE NATIONAL
INSTITUTES AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. I WANT TO THANK THE INTERVIEWER’S RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE SUCCESSFUL COLLECTION OF THESE INTERVIEWS LAST YEAR.
IT IS NO SMALL FEAT TO COLLECT THAT DATA, TO AGGREGATE AND ANALYZE IT, TO GET IT OUT
FOR NATIONAL USE. FRANKLY, IT IS ALWAYS NO SMALL FEAT TO TRY
TO GET YOU AWARE OF THAT DATA IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.
THAT’S MY JOB THIS MORNING. I WILL HIGHLIGHT A FEW OF THE KEY FINDINGS.
FIRST OF ALL, LET’S START WITH ILLICIT DRUG USE.
IN 2013, AN ESTIMATED 24.6 MILLION AMERICANS 12 YEARS AND OLDER WERE CURRENT — THAT MEANS
PAST-MONTH — ILLICIT DRUG USERS. ALMOST 25 MILLION AMERICANS ARE USING ILLICIT
RUGS IN THE LAST MONTH. THIS REPRESENTS ABOUT 9.4% OF THE U.S. POPULATION
12 AND OLDER. THE MOST COMMONLY USED ILLICIT DRUG WAS MARIJUANA,
WITH 19.8 MILLION CURRENT USERS REPRESENTING ABOUT 7.5% OF THE POPULATION 12 AND OLDER.
THIS IS ACTUALLY A CONTINUING INCREASE IN THE USE OF MARIJUANA SINCE 2007 AND IT IS
A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OVER 2011. ACTUALLY, THE MARIJUANA USE NUMBERS DRIVE
THE ILLICIT DRUG USE INCREASE. THERE WERE 6.5 MILLION OR 2.5% NONMEDICAL
USERS OF PRESCRIPTION TYPE DRUGS. THE USE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS NOT MEDICALLY
IS A BIG ISSUE. ABOUT 2.5% OF THE POPULATION, INCLUDING 4.5
MILLION NONMEDICAL USERS OF PRESCRIPTION PAIN RELIEVERS, REPRESENTING ABOUT 1.7% OF THE
12+ POPULATION IN AMERICA. THERE WERE 1.5 MILLION CURRENT COCAINE USERS,
1.3 MILLION HALLUCINOGEN USERS, AND ABOUT 0.2% INHALANT USERS AMONG THIS POPULATION.
HEROINE REPRESENTED ABOUT 0.1% OF THE POPULATION. OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ILLICIT DRUG USERS,
2.2 MILLION WERE ADOLESCENTS. SO, IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, 8.8% OF AMERICA’S
YOUNG PEOPLE, ADOLESCENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18, ARE USING ILLICIT DRUGS, AND THAT IS NOT
COUNTING KIDS UNDER 12. THIS DATA USES 12 AS THE CUTOFF.
THE REMAINING 22.4 MILLION WERE ADULTS, ABOUT 9.4% OF ADULTS IN AMERICA ARE ILLICIT DRUG
USERS. BOTH ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS, MARIJUANA WAS
THE MOST COMMONLY USED ILLICIT DRUG, AT LEAST THREE TIMES GREATER IN PREVALENCE RATES THAN
ANY OTHER ILLICIT DRUG. THE INCREASE IN MARIJUANA IS DRIVING THE OVERALL
INCREASE IN ILLICIT DRUG USE. THESE DATA ARE FROM 2013.
THEY DON’T YET REFLECT THE CHANGES IN THESE NUMBERS THAT WE MAY EXPERIENCE AS CITIES AND
STATES LEGALIZE THIS DRUG FOR ADULTS’ RECREATIONAL USE.
LET’S GO TO ALCOHOL. SLIGHTLY MORE THAN HALF, ABOUT 52.2%, OF AMERICANS
USE ALCOHOL. THESE ARE 12 AND OLDER.
THAT MEANS 13-YEAR-OLDS, 14-YEAR-OLDS, 15-YEAR-OLDS, AS WELL AS 50-YEAR-OLDS AND 40-YEAR-OLDS ARE
USING ALCOHOL. THAT TRANSLATES TO AN ESTIMATED 136.9 MILLION,
ALMOST 137 MILLION AMERICANS ARE CURRENT DRINKERS OR WERE DRINKERS IN 2013.
NEARLY 1/4, ABOUT 60 MILLION, WERE BINGE ALCOHOL USERS.
THAT MEANS SOMETIME IN THE LAST MONTH, THEY DRANK MORE THAN FIVE DRINKS IN ONE DAY, ONE
SITTING. THAT’S A LOT OF BINGE DRINKING, HEAVILY IN
THE YOUNGER GROUP AS WELL. 16.5 MILLION, 6.3 MILLION REPORTED HEAVY DRINKING,
DEFINED AS DRINKING FIVE OR MORE DRINKS ON THE SAME OCCASION ON FIVE OR MORE DAYS IN
THE LAST 30 DAYS. WE HAVE AN ISSUE ABOUT ALCOHOL USE, MORE IMPORTANTLY
ABOUT BINGE DRINKING AND HEAVY DRINKING, ESPECIALLY AMONG CERTAIN AGE GROUPS.
OF THE NEARLY 137 MILLION CURRENT ALCOHOL USERS, ALMOST 12% WERE ADOLESCENTS.
MANY OF THESE ADOLESCENTS REPORTED PAST MONTH BINGE DRINKING, 6.2% OF THEM.
ABOUT 1.2% OF ADOLESCENTS ARE HEAVY ALCOHOL USERS.
THIS POINTS OUT THAT DRINKING IN AMERICA, ESPECIALLY AMONG UNDERAGED YOUNGSTERS IS A
HUGE PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE AND A NATIONAL PRIORITY, CERTAINLY A PRIORITY FOR SAMHSA AND FOR THOSE
WHO WORK WITH US ON THOSE ISSUES. LET ME TURN TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS.
THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISORDERS AND USE.
I’VE SHARED WITH YOU THE NUMBERS ON ILLICIT DRUG USE AND ALCOHOL USE.
INDIVIDUALS WITH DEPENDENCE OR ABUSE OF ILLICIT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ARE DEFINED AS HAVING A SUBSTANCE
USE DISORDER. IN 2013, AN ESTIMATED 21.6 MILLION INDIVIDUALS,
ABOUT 8.2% OF THOSE 12 AND OLDER, HAD WHAT WE IN THE FEDS CALL AN S.U.D.
SEE, WE HAVE ACRONYMS FOR EVERYTHING. THIS COMPARES TO ABOUT 29 MILLION INDIVIDUALS
WHO HAVE DIABETES IN THIS COUNTRY. JUST SO YOU CAN GET A FLAVOR, ALMOST AS MANY
PEOPLE HAVE SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS AS DIABETES. OUR COUNTRY PAYS A LOT OF ATTENTION TO DIABETES.
WE NEED TO PAY AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF ATTENTION TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS.
1.3 MILLION WERE ADOLESCENTS. THE REMAINING WERE ADULTS AGED 18 AND OLDER,
REPRESENTING ABOUT 8.5% OF ALL AMERICAN ADULTS. FOR ADOLESCENTS, IT IS ABOUT 5.2% OF THE ADOLESCENT
POPULATION. JUST 12 AND OLDER.
WE KNOW THAT SOME YOUNGSTERS UNDER 12 USE. THE NSDUH CLASSIFIES RESPONDENTS AS NEEDING
SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT IF THEY MET THE CRITERIA FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS OR IF THEY RECEIVED
SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT IN THE PAST YEAR. SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT AT A SPECIAL THE FACILITY
IS DEFINED AS TREATMENT AT A DRUG OR ALCOHOL REHABILITATION FACILITY IN EITHER INPATIENT
OR OUTPATIENT SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS. IT EXCLUDES TREATMENT RECEIVED IN AN EMERGENCY
ROOM, PRIVATE DOCTORS OFFICE, SELF-HELP GROUP, PRISON OR JAIL, OR HOSPITAL AS AN OUTPATIENT.
IN 2013, AN ESTIMATED 22.7 MILLION INDIVIDUALS AGED 12 AND OLDER, ABOUT 8.6%, NEEDED SUBSTANCE
USE TREATMENT, YET ONLY AN ESTIMATED 2.5 MILLION RECEIVED TREATMENT AT A SPECIAL THE FACILITY
FOR AN ILLICIT DRUG OR ALCOHOL PROBLEM. THE BOTTOM LINE ON THIS DATA — IT COMES OUT
EVERY YEAR. IT DOESN’T CHANGE.
IT HASN’T CHANGED VERY MUCH. THAT IS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO
NEED TREATMENT FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS DON’T GET IT.
THE NATIONAL SURVEY INCLUDES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PERCEIVED NEED FOR SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT,
WHEN A PERSON FEELS HE NEEDS TREATMENT, DOES HE OR SHE GET IT?
THE COUNSELING, THE MEDICATION, THE OTHER TREATMENT THEY NEED?
REGARDING THE DATA IN TODAY’S REPORT, THE ESTIMATES FOR THE PERCEIVED NEED FOR SUBSTANCE
USE TREATMENT ARE DISCUSSED ONLY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CLASSIFIED AS NEEDING TREATMENT BUT
DID NOT RECEIVE TREATMENT IN A SPECIAL THE FACILITY.
AMONG THE 20 OR SO MILLION INDIVIDUALS AGED 12 OR OLDER WHO ARE CLASSIFIED AS NEEDING
TREATMENT BUT DID NOT RECEIVE IT, ONLY 4.5% WERE AWARE THEY NEEDED TREATMENT.
THAT’S ALSO A HUGE PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE FOR US.
OF THE ONES WHO WERE AWARE THAT THEY SHOULD GET TREATMENT, ALMOST 35%, ABOUT 1/3, MADE
AN EFFORT BUT WEREN’T SUCCESSFUL. THE LARGER PERCENTAGE, ABOUT 2/3, REPORTED
MAKING NO EFFORT AT ALL. EVEN WHEN PEOPLE PERCEIVE THEY NEED TREATMENT,
KNOWING HOW TO GET IT, BELIEVING IT WILL BE HELPFUL, BEING ABLE TO PAY FOR IT, KNOWING
WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT IS A BIG DEAL. BASED ON A COMBINED 2010 TO 2013 NSDUH DATA,
INDIVIDUALS WHO FELT THE NEED FOR SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT BUT DID NOT RECEIVE IT DESPITE
MAKING AN EFFORT TO OBTAIN TREATMENT REPORTED THAT THEY DIDN’T RECEIVE TREATMENT BECAUSE
THEY DIDN’T HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE AND THEY COULD NOT AFFORD THE COST, OR THEY WERE NOT
QUITE READY TO STOP USING. SO, THERE ARE LOTS OF ISSUES FOR US.
ONE OF THE ISSUES WE WANT TO ADDRESS IS THE PERCEPTION OF COST AND THE LACK OF COVERAGE.
THE COMBINED IMPACT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY AND ADDICTION
EQUITY ACT IS MEANING THAT ABOUT 60 MILLION AMERICANS WILL HAVE NEW OR EXPANDED ACCESS
TO COVERAGE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE FIRST TIME.
THAT IS HUGELY GOOD NEWS. WE HOPE THOSE INFORMATION ABOUT WHO THINKS
IT COSTS TOO MUCH OR THEY THINK THEY DON’T HAVE INSURANCE STARTS TO CHANGE.
WE HAVE A WAY TO GO TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE ENROLL IN THE COVERAGE AND UNDERSTAND AND
SEEK THOSE SERVICES. WE ALSO HAVE A WAYS TO GO TO ENSURE THAT PRIMARY,
SPECIALTY, AND EMERGENCY CARE WORKFORCE IS AVAILABLE, TRAINED, AND READY TO PROVIDE THE
INTERVENTIONS AND TREATMENT NEEDED FOR RECOVERY TO BE A REALITY.
LET ME TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG ADOLESCENTS.
THE NATIONAL SURVEY PROVIDES ESTIMATES OF HAVING A PAST YEAR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE
FOR ADOLESCENTS 12 TO 17. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MENTAL HEALTH
ISSUES AMONG ADOLESCENTS AND IT IS TREATABLE WITH APPROPRIATE RECOGNITION AND ENGAGEMENT
WITH A TRAINED HEALTH OR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER.
ADOLESCENTS WERE DEFINED AS HAVING A MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE IF THEY HAD A PERIOD OF
TWO WEEKS OR LONGER IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS IF THEY EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF MOOD AND INTEREST
IN ACTIVITIES AND THEY HAD AT LEAST FOUR OF SEVEN ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS, SUCH AS PROBLEMS
WITH SLEEP, EATING, ENERGY, CONCENTRATION, SELF-WORTH.
SOMETIMES, JUST BEING AN ADOLESCENT GETS CONFUSED WITH DEPRESSION.
THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. PART OF OUR WORK AND PART OF OUR EFFORT IS
TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND OTHERS UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A
DEPRESSIVE EPISODE AND THE NORMAL VAGARIES OF ADOLESCENCE.
IN 2013, APPROXIMATELY ONE IN 10 ADOLESCENTS AGED 12 TO 17, ABOUT ONE IN 10, 10% OF ADOLESCENTS
HAD A MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE IN THE PAST YEAR.
THAT’S ABOUT 2.6 MILLION KIDS. AN ESTIMATED 7.7% OF ADOLESCENTS AGED 12 TO
17, ALMOST 2 MILLION, HAD PAST YEAR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODES WITH SEVERE IMPAIRMENT.
IF THEIR DEPRESSION CAUSED SEVERE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR ABILITY TO DO CHORES, TO GO TO
SCHOOL, TO GET ALONG WITH FAMILY — MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG ADULTS —
THE NATIONAL SURVEY PROVIDES US SOME ESTIMATES OF ANY MENTAL ILLNESS AND SEPARATELY SERIOUS
MENTAL ILLNESS FOR ADULTS AGED 18 OR OLDER. ANY MENTAL ILLNESS MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL WHO
HAD ANY MENTAL, BEHAVIORAL, OR EMOTIONAL DISORDER THAT MET CERTAIN CRITERIA, INCLUDING DEVELOPMENTAL
AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. THESE ARE DISTINCT FROM THOSE.
IN THIS CONTEXT, ADULTS WERE DEFINED AS HAVING SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS IF THEY HAD ANY MENTAL,
BEHAVIORAL, OR EMOTIONAL DISORDER THAT SUBSTANTIALLY INTERFERED WITH OR LIMITED ONE OF LIFE’S MAJOR
ACTIVITIES. IN 2013, AN ESTIMATED 43.8 MILLION ADULTS
AGED 18 OR OLDER HAD SOME FORM OF MENTAL ILLNESS, ABOUT 20% OF ALL ADULTS.
THAT COMPARES WITH 11.3% OF ADULTS DIAGNOSED WITH HEART DISEASE.
I GIVE YOU THOSE COMPARISON NUMBERS SO YOU CAN SEE THAT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG ADULTS
IS AN EVEN BIGGER PROBLEM NUMBERS WISE THAN HEART DISEASE.
THERE WERE AN ESTIMATED 10 MILLION ADULTS WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESSES IN THE PAST
YEAR, ABOUT 4.2%. SUICIDE IS A PREVENTABLE PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE,
SO WE WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT SUICIDE SO WE CAN ADDRESS SUICIDE PREVENTION ISSUES.
THAT IS ONE OF SAMHSA’S HIGHEST GOALS. ADULT RESPONDENTS IN THE NSDUH WERE ASKED
IF THEY HAD THOUGHT ABOUT SERIOUSLY TRYING TO KILL THEMSELVES AT ANY TIME DURING THE
PAST 12 MONTHS. THOSE WHO REPORTED HAVING HAD SERIOUS THOUGHTS
OF SUICIDE WERE THEN ASKED WHETHER IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS THEY HAD MADE ANY PLANS TO
KILL THEMSELVES OR WHETHER THEY HAD ACTUALLY TRIED TO KILL THEMSELVES.
AN ESTIMATED 9.3 MILLION ADULTS — LET THAT SOAK IN FOR JUST A MINUTE.
9.3 MILLION ADULTS, ALMOST 4% OF ADULTS HAD SERIOUS THOUGHTS ABOUT SUICIDE, ABOUT 1.7
MILLION MADE PLANS, AND ABOUT 1.3 MILLION ACTUALLY ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.
THESE ARE THE NUMBERS ONLY. THEY DON’T TAKE IN THE ADOLESCENT NUMBERS.
THEY COMPARED TO THE ACTUAL DEATHS OF SUICIDE AT 39,500.
THERE’S A HUGE AMOUNT OF DEATHS BY SUICIDE IN OUR COUNTRY, BUT THERE IS A HUGE AMOUNT
OF EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DISTRESS CAUSING PEOPLE TO HAVE THESE THOUGHTS AND TO ACTUALLY TAKE
ACTION TO DIE BY SUICIDE. IF WE CAN IMPACT THOSE WHO HAVE SERIOUS THOUGHTS
OF SUICIDE, WE CAN IMPACT A SERIES OF SUICIDE ATTEMPTS AND IMPACT THE NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS,
NOW HIGHER THAN DEATH BY HOMICIDE, HIV/AIDS, AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.
FRANKLY, WE ARE LEARNING MORE AND MORE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SUICIDE AND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS
AND SUBSTANCE USE. AS WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THAT, WE ARE ALSO IDENTIFYING
WAYS TO ADDRESS THIS PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE. JUST A FEW MORE PIECES OF DATA.
HERE IS THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE DATA, THE NSDUH ASKED RESPONDENTS IF THEY RECEIVE HELP FOR
THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. OF THE 2.6 MILLION ADOLESCENTS, THE 12 TO
17-YEAR-OLDS WITH MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODES, ONLY ABOUT 38% GOT HELP FOR THAT ISSUE.
AMONG ADOLESCENTS WHO HAD PAST-YEAR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS OR IMPAIRMENT, ONLY 35%
RECEIVED TREATMENT. THIS ISSUE OF GETTING PEOPLE TO TREATMENT,
WHETHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS OR MENTAL HEALTH, IS A HUGE ISSUE FOR US.
AMONG THE 43.8 MILLION ADULTS WHO WERE 18 AND OLDER WHO HAD ANY MENTAL ILLNESS, ONLY
ABOUT 19.6 MILLION RECEIVED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, LESS THAN HALF.
ALSO, AMONG THE 10 MILLION ADULTS 18 AND OLDER WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS, ONLY ABOUT 2/3,
68.5% RECEIVED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. EVEN WITH A SERIOUS CONDITION OR IMPAIRMENT
OR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE IMPAIRMENT, WE ARE NOT GETTING PEOPLE TO THE TREATMENT THAT THEY
NEED. I’M GOING TO SKIP, FOR TIME, THE CO-OCCURRING
DATA. IT IS IN THE SHORT REPORT.
I WANT TO DO A QUICK SUMMARY AND GET ON WITH THE REST OF THE PROGRAM.
I’VE COVERED A LOT OF GROUND. IT IS HARD TO GET THROUGH THE DATA IN WAYS
THAT PEOPLE CAN TAKE IT IN. HOPEFULLY YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE ISSUES ARE.
AS OF TODAY, THESE DATA ARE AVAILABLE ON WWW.SAMHSA.GOV. SAMHSA IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR PARTNERS TO HELP
US MEET THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CHALLENGES THAT AMERICA FACES.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PARTNERS WHO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES AND HELP US OFFER SOLUTIONS.
SOME OF THE CHALLENGES ARE THAT MANY AMERICANS ARE CURRENTLY ILLICIT DRUG USERS, SIMILAR
TO 2012. IT IS UP SLIGHTLY FROM 2011.
IT IS DRIVEN IN LARGE PART BY THE MARIJUANA NUMBERS, OVER 60 MILLION BINGE ALCOHOL DRINKERS
— IT HAS REMAINED PRETTY STEADY. WE ARE NOT MAKING AN IMPACT THERE, AND WE
NEED TO. OVER 21.5 MILLION HAVE A PAST YEAR SUBSTANCE
USE DISORDER. SIMILAR TO 2012, 1 IN FIVE ADULTS AGED 18
AND OLDER HAVE ANY MENTAL ILLNESS AND 10 MILLION HAD A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS, AGAIN STAYING
FAIRLY CONSISTENT FROM 2012. OVER 2.5 MILLION ADOLESCENTS HAD A MAJOR DEPRESSIVE
EPISODE, HIGHER THAN 2012. THAT IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN.
WHILE THE ISSUE OF MARIJUANA IS A BIG ONE IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY, 39.5% OF ADOLESCENTS
AGED 12 TO 17 PERCEIVED A GREAT RISK IN SMOKING MARIJUANA ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK.
THAT 2013 ESTIMATE IS ACTUALLY LOWER THAN THE ESTIMATES FROM 2002 TO 2012.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT IS, WHAT WE EXPERIENCE IS THAT, AS THE RISK OF HARM, THE PERCEPTION
OF RISK OF HARM GOES DOWN, IT FOLLOWS A YEAR OR TWO LATER THAT THEY USE GOES UP.
WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE REDUCING PERCEPTION OF RISK.
STATES AND STAKEHOLDERS, COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES, AND PERSONS IN RECOVERY SHARE COMMON CONCERNS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND THESE NATIONAL SURVEY DATA GENERATE NUMBERS WHICH VALIDATE THESE
CONCERNS. ACTION IS SPURRED AS A RESULT.
WITH SO MANY AMERICANS AFFECTED AND IMPACTED BY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, OUR GOALS MUST
BE SHARED ONCE. OUR BURDENS SHARED ONCE.
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS COLLECTIVE. WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE
ACT AND THE FEDERAL PARITY LAW, ADVANCES IN SCIENCE, INROADS IN RESEARCH, INCREASED VALIDATION
THROUGH EVIDENCE- BASED PRACTICES TO THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS
OF STORIES OF RECOVERY ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RECOVERY HAS REALLY CAPTURED AMERICA.
AND UNDERSTANDING THAT PEOPLE CAN AND DO RECOVER, UNDERSTANDING THAT TREATMENT WORKS, THAT PREVENTION
WORKS, AND TREATMENT IS EFFECTIVE IS A CRITICAL PART OF THE PROCESS.
THIS BROADENING OF OUR HEALTH SYSTEM ACCOMPLISHES SOME WIDE-RANGING GOALS IN PROVIDING INDIVIDUALS
WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONDITIONS WITH SERVICES THAT PREVIOUSLY WERE MUCH HARDER TO OBTAIN
OR FIND PAYMENT FOR. WE ARE GOING TO BE WATCHING CLOSELY OVER THE
NEXT FEW YEARS AS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THE PARITY ACT TAKE HOLD HERE AT AMERICA
NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIFFERENTLY, ABOUT ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE
PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE THEM DIFFERENTLY. SOCIAL NORMS ABOUT THESE ILLNESSES HAVE TO
CHANGE. THE ROLE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND THE HEALTH
OF OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR FAMILIES, AND OURSELVES HAS TO CHANGE.
THE PUBLIC’S COMMITMENT TO AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY HAS
TO CHANGE, OR ELSE WE ARE GOING TO KEEP MEETING HERE EVERY FALL AND EVERY SEPTEMBER AND GIVING
THE SAME NUMBERS AND SHOWING THE SAME PROBLEMS. AFTER ALL, THE NUMBERS I SHARED AREN’T JUST
NUMBERS. THEY REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS.
THEY TRANSLATE TO REAL PEOPLE WITH REAL LIVES. WE HAVE TWO POWERFUL SPEAKERS WHO WILL SHARE
THEIR STORIES TO HELP YOU SEE WHAT THE REAL LIVES AND THE FACES AND VOICES BEHIND THE
DATA ARE. THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN ACHIEVE WHAT OUR SPEAKERS
HAVE ACHIEVED. WITH OUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND COLLECTIVE
EFFORT, RECOVERY CAN BECOME A REALITY FOR ANYONE.
I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST TODAY, FOR YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE IMPORTANT MESSAGES
ABOUT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TREATMENT AND RECOVERY. ALSO, BEFORE I INTRODUCE THE NEXT SPEAKER,
I WANT TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC TO PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION
ABOUT WAYS TO GET HELP IF PEOPLE PERCEIVE A NEED FOR THAT. IF SOMEONE HAS A MENTAL OR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
OR IS INTERESTED IN OBTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SERVICES, SAMHSA’S
NATIONAL HELPLINE PROVIDES 24-HOUR, FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT, REFERRAL, BOTH IN
ENGLISH AND SPANISH. 800-662-4357. TREATMENT AND RECOVERY INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE
ON OUR WEBSITE, WWW.SAMHSA.GOV. WE HAVE A SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCE CENTER,
SPRC.ORG. IT PROVIDES INFORMATION ON A WIDE RANGE OF
SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES. OUR NATIONAL SUICIDE LIFELINE CAN BE CALLED
ANY TIME DAY OR NIGHT BY ANYONE, EITHER EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR BY FAMILY MEMBERS AND
FRIENDS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SOMEONE. THAT NUMBER IS 1-800-273-TALK.
1-800-273-8255. 24/7, ALL YEAR ROUND.
I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING THE NEXT SPEAKER, AMERICA’S NEXT DRUG CZAR.
[LAUGHTER] HE IS
CURRENTLY SERVING AS ACTING DIRECTOR FOR THE
WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY.
HE IS A TREMENDOUS PARTNER. HE PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND
LAST WEEK WAS NOMINATED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR.
HE HAS MORE THAN TWO DECADES OF EXPERIENCE SUPPORTING AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED
BY SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. IT INCLUDES A VARIETY OF LEADERSHIP ROLES
FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE DIRECTORS, A MEMBER OF SAMHSA’S
ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THEN ACTUAL ACTION ALLIANCE FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION.
HE WAS THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF THE ANNUAL RAMSTAD/KENNEDY AWARD.
IN 2012, HE RECEIVED THE SERVICE AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE ALCOHOL
AND DRUG ABUSE DIRECTORS. HE IS, IMPORTANTLY, IN MY VIEW, MAKING HISTORY.
THE PRESIDENT IS MAKING HISTORY BY NOMINATING HIM TO BE THE FIRST DRUG CZAR WITH FIRST PERSON
EXPERIENCE WITH ADDICTION AND RECOVERY AND BEING A PARTNER TO A GAY MAN FOR MANY YEARS.
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME. [APPLAUSE]
ACTING DIRECTOR MICHAEL BOTTICELLI: GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY.
[APPLAUSE] WOW.
THANK YOU. THANKS, EVERYBODY.
THANK YOU, PAM, FOR THAT INTRODUCTION. IT IS PRETTY HUMBLING TO BE HERE.
IT NEVER FAILS TO ESCAPE ME THAT I WOULD NOT BE STANDING AT THIS PODIUM IF IT WASN’T FOR
THE WORK OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM. YOU REALLY MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THOSE OF US
IN RECOVERY TO BE CANDID AND OPEN ABOUT OUR STORIES AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE, QUITE HONESTLY,
THAT WE CAN CHANGE OUR POLICY IN THE UNITED STATES SIMPLY BY SPEAKING OUT ABOUT WHO WE
ARE. I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH THE
ADMINISTRATOR AND HER STAFF FOR LONGER THAN I CARE TO ADMIT AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK
THEM FOR THE WORK THEY DO TO SUPPORT PEOPLE AND THEIR CONTROL STRATEGY.
I WANT TO THANK THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN HEROES AND CHAMPIONS IN DEALING WITH DRUG USE AND
ITS CONSEQUENCES IN THE UNITED STATES, CHAMPIONS OF THE WORK THAT WE DO.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE DAVID, OUR DEPUTY DIRECTOR, WHO SPEARHEADS ALL OF OUR
WORK AROUND COMMAND PRODUCTION FOR THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF NATIONAL POLICY.
[APPLAUSE] AS ADMINISTRATOR HYDE MENTIONED, THE DATA
THAT WAS ANNOUNCED PROVES THAT SUBSTANCE USE IN OUR COUNTRY STILL POSES A SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC
HEALTH ISSUE FOR US, BUT THAT WE SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THAT OUR WORK
TO REDUCE SUBSTANCE USE IN AMERICA IS NOT IN VAIN.
WE HAVE MADE AND CONTINUE TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN REDUCING SUBSTANCE USE AND ITS
CONSEQUENCES IN THE UNITED STATES. WE NEED TO DISCUSS THE SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES
THAT PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS HAVE TO GET THE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SUPPORT
THEY NEED. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN DECISIVE
AND HISTORIC STEPS TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS TO
ACCESS TREATMENT. INSURERS ARE REQUIRED TO COVER SUBSTANCE USE
DISORDERS LIKE THEY WOULD TREAT ANY OTHER CHRONIC DISEASE, LIKE DIABETES OR HEART DISEASE.
TODAY, WE REAFFIRM OUR UNEQUIVOCAL SUPPORT TO THE RECOVERY COMMUNITY.
DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE’VE UNDERGONE A SEACHANGE IN THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT PEOPLE
WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND IN RECOVERY. THAT CHANGE IS OWED TO THE TIRELESS EFFORTS
OF OUR FEDERAL RECOVERY MONTH PARTNERS AND OUR STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS AS WELL.
MANY OF WHOM ARE HERE TODAY. AND THE GROWING VOICES OF PEOPLE IN RECOVERY
WHO HAVE DECIDED TO SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH THE WORLD.
THE FACT THAT THE FIRST ACTION THAT MY OFFICE TOOK AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS ADMINISTRATION
WAS TO ESTABLISH A RECOVERY BRANCH AT THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL
POLICY TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SUPPORT AMERICANS IN RECOVERY.
PART OF WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IS THAT SUPPORTING PEOPLE INVOLVES MORE THAN JUST TREATING THE
SYMPTOMS OF THEIR SUBSTANCE USE OR MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, FOR PEOPLE TO REACH THEIR
FULL POTENTIAL AND CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES, WE NEED TO RAISE AWARENESS AND REDUCE STIGMA,
BUILD COMMUNITY-BASED RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES, AND ENSURE THAT OUR LAWS, POLICIES, AND PRACTICES
DO NOT CONTINUE TO PERPETUATE BARRIERS TO RECOVERY.
TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, WE NEED ALL OF YOUR HELP. TOO OFTEN, THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT
DRUG POLICY MISSES THE POINT THAT MILLIONS OF REAL PEOPLE EVERY DAY ARE IN RECOVERY AND
THAT OUR POLICIES NEED TO AND MUST SUPPORT THEM.
THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT STRANGERS. THEY ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, OUR COWORKERS, OUR
ARMED FORCES, OUR FAMILY, OUR FRIENDS. THERE ARE MANY OF US IN THIS ROOM LEADING
HAPPY, HEALTHY LIVES. I’VE BEEN IN RECOVERY FOR QUITE A WHILE.
IT HAS BEEN AN EXCITING AND QUITE HONESTLY IMPROBABLE 25-YEAR JOURNEY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.
MY MESSAGE IS QUITE SIMPLE. I’M NOT UNIQUE AND MY STORY IS NOT ONE IN
A MILLION. I AM ONE OF MILLIONS.
THAT’S WHY WE’VE MADE A GOAL TO TAKE AWAY THE STIGMA THAT CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE
DISEASE OF ADDICTION. WE BELIEVE BY RAISING AWARENESS AND CELEBRATING
THE WORK OF THOSE IN RECOVERY, WE CAN MOVE THE NEEDLE.
IN KEEPING WITH THE THEME OF RECOVERY MONTH, I ENCOURAGE ALL OF US TO TALK ABOUT RECOVERY
IN THE LIGHT OF DAY, BY CELEBRATING RECOVERY, WE CAN CORRECT THE MISINFORMATION AND STIGMA
THAT OFTEN TRANSLATE INTO REAL OBSTACLES FOR PEOPLE — AND THEIR FAMILIES — SEEKING HELP
FOR THEIR OWN ISSUES. AS THE ADMINISTRATOR SAID, THE FIRST STEP
CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS PICKING UP THE PHONE AND DIALING THE NATIONAL HELPLINE FOR TREATMENT
INFORMATION, WHICH YOU CAN DO ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT.
RECOVERY MONTH HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR THE SIMPLE BUT REVOLUTIONARY ACT OF SPEAKING OPENLY
ABOUT OUR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. IT IS AN HONOR TO CELEBRATE THIS MILESTONE
ANNIVERSARY BY CARRYING THAT TRADITION FORWARD HERE TODAY.
I THANK YOU TREMENDOUSLY FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DO TO SUPPORT THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
IN RECOVERY TODAY. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] MR. CODERRE: THANK YOU, ADMINISTRATOR HYDE
AND DIRECTOR BOTTICELLI. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS THE DIRECTOR OF SAMHSA’S
CENTER FOR SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT. I REMEMBER WHEN WE WOULD TRAVEL AROUND THE
COUNTRY AND SPEAK AT RALLIES. I WOULD ALWAYS HOPE THAT DR. CLARK WOULD NOT
BE SPEAKING BEFORE ME BECAUSE OF THE WAY HE WOULD RILE UP THE CROWD.
THIS MORNING, I GIVE YOU DR. WESTLEY CLARK. [APPLAUSE]
DR. H. WESTLEY CLARK: GOOD MORNING. I’M NOT A TROUBLEMAKER.
[LAUGHTER] THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY TO SUPPORT
RECOVERY EFFORTS IN OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION.
TO PARAPHRASE PRESIDENT OBAMA, AND PEOPLE IN RECOVERY ARE NOT STRANGERS.
THEY ARE OUR FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS.
WE WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED AS PARTNERS WITH THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.
WE DO THIS BY PROVIDING EVIDENCE-BASED PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY SERVICES TO HELP PEOPLE
HELP THEMSELVES, BY REACHING OUT TO FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITIES, AND BY PROVIDING
THE LEADERSHIP, THE KNOW-HOW NECESSARY TO MOVE OUR LOCAL, STATE, AND NATIONAL POLICIES
AWAY FROM NONPRODUCTIVE, NON-MEDICALLY BASED PUNITIVE MEASURES TOWARDS MEDICALLY INFORMED
AND EFFECTIVE IN INVENTIONS. SAMHSA’S DISCRETIONARY SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS
PROVIDE SERVICES TO OVER 2 MILLION AMERICANS. OUR FUNDS PROVIDE DIRECT HEALTH SERVICES TO
TENS OF MILLIONS MORE. OUR BLOCK GRANT PROVIDES CRITICAL DOLLARS
ANNUALLY TO THE INDIVIDUAL STATES AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
SO THAT LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN UTILIZE AND DISPERSE FUNDS TO MEET THE MOST PRESSING NEEDS
OF THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. SAMHSA’S FUNDS ARE FOCUSED ON EARLY IN DEDICATION,
INTERVENTION, EFFECTIVE TREATMENT, AND SUSTAINED RECOVERY.
THIS INCLUDES SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, PREGNANT, POSTPARTUM WOMEN, VETERANS, AND
FAMILIES. THESE SERVICES ENCOMPASS A BROAD SWATH OF
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, INCLUDING ALCOHOL, HEROIN, PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION, PCP,
TOBACCO, OTHER SUBSTANCES THAT CAN BE HARMFUL AND MISUSED.
SAMHSA PARTNERS WITH OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AGENCIES TO DEFEND THE REACH OF OUR PROGRAMS
AND ELIMINATE ANY PROGRAM LEVEL REDUNDANCY, THUS HELPING TO ENSURE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT
FOR THE PUBLIC AND MAKING SURE IT IS MAXIMIZED. WE WORK WITH NONPROFIT GRANTEES TO SERVE POPULATIONS
OFTEN NOT COVERED BY MAINSTREAM, PRIVATE, AND PUBLIC INSURERS.
THESE POPULATIONS INCLUDE THOSE WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT, THOSE WITHOUT STABLE
HOUSING, AND THOSE LIVING IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED IMMUNITIES.
IT IS VITAL TO OUR NATION’S SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING THAT WE NOT ONLY PROVIDE SERVICES
TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES IN NEED THEM ABUT THAT WE ALSO SPEAK UP FOR
THEM AS WE SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS TO OBTAIN AND SUSTAIN THEIR OWN RECOVERY.
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE ROBERT ASHFORD, WHO IS A NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH PLANNING
PARTNER WITH SAMHSA. ROBERT IS A CERTIFIED PEER RECOVERY COACH,
AN ADVOCATE FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS SEEKING LONG-TERM RECOVERY AND A PERSON IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY
WHO BRINGS OTHERS THE WISDOM OF HIS OWN LIVED EXPERIENCE.
ROBERT KNOWS THE CHALLENGES INDIVIDUALS IN RECOVERY FACE ON A PROFOUND AND PERSONAL LEVEL.
HE KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT PREVENTION IS. HE KNOWS THAT TREATMENT WORKS.
HE KNOWS THAT THAT RECOVERY ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO GIVE BACK TO THE FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES
IN WAYS THAT HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARILY POSITIVE AND LASTING INFLUENCE ON OUR SOCIETY.
ROBERT DEMONSTRATES THIS ON A DAILY BASIS THROUGH HIS WORK WITH STUDENTS.
HE HELPED CREATE THE COLLEGIATE RECOVERY COMMUNITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS.
HE HAS SPOKEN TO MORE THAN 600 FACULTY AND STUDENTS.
HE SERVES A RECOVERY COMMUNITY. HE LEADS THE TEXAS STATE CHAPTER OF YOUNG
PEOPLE IN RECOVERY. MOREOVER, HE IS PURSUING A BACHELORS DEGREE
IN SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY. HE IS THE YOUNG PEOPLE LEADER AND ADVOCATE
OF THE YEAR. CERTAINLY, NO ONE CAN CALL THIS YOUNG MAN
A TROUBLEMAKER. [LAUGHTER]
ROBERT, WE RESPECT YOUR COURAGE AND COMMITMENT AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE AND
LEADERSHIP. [APPLAUSE]
MR. ASHFORD: THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
GOOD MORNING. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT —
I THANK YOU FOR THE APPLAUSE FOR MY PERSONAL JOURNEY AND THE ACCOLADES THAT DR. CLARK DESCRIBES.
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO THANK THE PEOPLE AT THIS TABLE, INCLUDING ACTING DIRECTOR BOTTICELLI,
DIRECTOR HYDE, DIRECTOR CLARK, AND EVERYBODY ELSE IN THIS ROOM AS WELL AS YOU WATCHING
AT HOME. THE REASON I AM HERE TODAY IS FOR THE LAST
25 YEARS, YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE MESSAGE SECOND PREVENTION AND TREATMENT WORK AND RECOVERY
IS POSSIBLE IS THE REASON I’M STANDING HERE. I HAD ACCESS TO TREATMENT.
I CAN LIVE IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT.
I THINK AROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOURSELVES IS PERTINENT.
[APPLAUSE] MY NAME IS ROBERT ASHFORD, AND I’M A PERSON
IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY. IT IS A CONSTANTLY CHANGING DESCRIPTION.
I AM A SON TO A LOVING MOTHER. FOR 10 YEARS, I DIDN’T HAVE A RELATIONSHIP
WITH HER AND DIDN’T KNOW IF I WOULD SPEAK TO HER AGAIN.
I AM A BROTHER TO MY SISTER AND BROTHER. I’M A STUDENT, A FRIEND, AND MANY THINGS I
DIDN’T KNOW IF I WAS EVER GOING TO BE AGAIN. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE AND MY LIFE IS PROOF
OF THAT. DR. CLARK DESCRIBED THE VERY THINGS I HAD
THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO BECAUSE OF THE GIFTS OF RECOVERY.
LIVING TODAY, GOING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS, WORKING WITH STUDENTS THAT ARE HEARING
THE SAME MESSAGE WE ARE DESCRIBING TODAY — RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE, RECOVERY HAPPENS.
PEOPLE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL IN AN ABSTINENT AND HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT.
ABSTINENCE ISN’T THE ONLY RECOVERY OPTION. PEOPLE NEED RESOURCES WE ARE DESCRIBING HERE.
THEY ARE AN UNDERSERVED POPULATION. THAT IS WHY OUR WORK IS SO IMPORTANT.
WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN RECOVERY, AS AN ADVOCACY AND ACTION ORGANIZATION, IT GOES INTO COMMUNITIES,
BOTH UNDERSERVED AND SERVE CONTINUALLY TO LET THEM KNOW THIS MESSAGE WE ARE TALKING
ABOUT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT IS BEING DONE FOR THE STATE OF RECOVERY
BY CREATING A RECOVERY BRANCH IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
IF YOU DON’T GO TO TREATMENT, THEY CANNOT BE EFFECTIVE.
RECOVERY HAPPENS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AT. RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE REGARDING OF SOCIAL ECONOMIC
STATUS, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR ANY OTHER IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS OF A HUMAN
BEING. AS A HUMAN, YOU HAVE AN INHERENT RIGHT TO
LIVE A LIFE OF WELLNESS. THAT’S WHAT I GET TO DO EVERY DAY BECAUSE
OF SAMHSA’S WORK, BECAUSE I HAD ACCESS TO TREATMENT AND I GOT THE HELP I NEEDED.
I CONTINUED TO GET THE ONGOING SUPPORT AND SERVICES BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM
AND AT THIS TABLE, AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT. I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU A CALL TO ACTION
AND SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT. TO ECHO THE THINGS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN
SAID TODAY, PEOPLE IN RECOVERY AND PEOPLE STILL IN ACTIVE ADDICTION ARE NOT SUBSTANCE
USERS, NOT CRIMINALS, NOT VARIOUS THINGS AND LABELS THAT WE GIVE THEM.
THE TRUTH IS WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS. WE ARE SONS, LOVED ONES, DAUGHTERS, HUSBANDS,
WIVES — ANYTHING YOU CAN DESCRIBE, THAT’S WHO WE ARE.
THIS DISEASE DOES NOT CARE. THE BEAUTIFUL PART OF THAT AND THE THING I
WANT YOU TO TAKE HOME IS THAT RECOVERY DOES NOT CARE EITHER.
IT CROSSES ALL OF THOSE BOUNDARIES AS WELL. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE.
AS YOU GO BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITIES — I KNOW EVERYONE IS NOT FROM D.C. —
FIND SOMEBODY IN ACTIVE ADDICTION AND RECOVERY AND EMBRACE THEM AS A HUMAN BEING.
EMBRACE WHO THEY ARE, NOT THEIR ADDICTIONS, NOT THEIR SUBSTANCE USE, OR MENTAL ILLNESS,
BECAUSE THEY DESERVE IT. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] MR. CODERRE: THANK YOU, DR. CLARK AND ROBERT,
FOR YOUR POWERFUL MESSAGE THIS MORNING. ROUNDING OUT TODAY’S SESSION IS DIRECTOR OF
SAMHSA’S CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, PAOLO DEL VECCHIO.
WE ARE GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER WELL. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM.
[APPLAUSE] DIRECTOR DEL VECCHIO: THANK YOU.
GOOD MORNING. I WANT TO START BY STRESSING HOW IMPORTANT
THIS DISCUSSION IS. IT LITERALLY IS A LIFE-AND-DEATH ISSUE.
TWO RECENT TRAGEDIES REALLY BRING THIS HOME TO ME.
LAST WEEKEND A LOCAL 15-YEAR-OLD WHO WENT TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL AS MY CHILDREN LOST
HIS LIFE IN A CAR WRECK. YESTERDAY, IT WAS REPORTED THAT ALCOHOL AND
DRUGS MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THAT WRECK. SECOND IS THE DEATH BY SUICIDE BY COMEDIAN
ROBIN WILLIAMS. ONE OF ALMOST 40,000 AMERICANS WHO SADLY TAKE
THEIR LIFE EACH YEAR. THE IMPACT OF THESE TRAGEDIES ON A FAMILIES,
FRIENDS, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY, AND NATION IS HUMONGOUS.
THE MESSAGE IS THAT THESE TRAGEDIES CAN BE PREVENTED.
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE TAKING STEPS TO PROMOTE THEIR OWN RECOVERY.
SAMHSA AND ALL OF OUR FEDERAL PARTNERS ARE HELPING IN MANY WAYS.
TWO EXAMPLES. STARTING SOON, THE NEW EFFORT BY SAMHSA TO
EXPAND SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THROUGH OUR NEW PROJECT AWARE EFFORTS IN OVER
100 SCHOOLS, PART OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S NOW IS THE TIME INITIATIVE.
SECOND, AS PAM MENTIONED, OUR SAMHSA NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE.
800-273-TALK. 800-273-8255.
THEY RESPONDED LAST YEAR TO OVER ONE MILLION CALLS.
WE ARE PREVENTING TRAGEDIES. WE ARE SAVING LIVES.
AS RICHARD NOTED, I’M ALSO A PERSON IN RECOVERY AS WELL AS A PARENT AND FEDERAL OFFICIAL.
I HAVE MANY HATS. WE MOVE FROM PAIN TO PROMISE, HURT TO HEALING,
HOPELESS TO HOPING, FROM THE PRISONS TO THE PTA, FROM BEING OUT OF CONTROL TO BEING IN
CONTROL — IN CONTROL OF OUR MENTAL ILLNESSES, OUR ADDICTIONS,
AND OUR LIVES. MANY INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES
CAN AND DO TAKE STEPS TO BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY TO RECOVERY.
TODAY, SAMHSA IS RELEASING A NEW AND IMPORTANT TOOL TO PROMOTE RECOVERY AND ENABLE INDIVIDUALS
WITH MENTAL ILLNESSES AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS TO TAKE MORE CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES.
CAN I HAVE THE GUIDE SO I CAN SHOW EVERYONE? TAKING ACTION, A MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY HEALTH
EDUCATION PROGRAM. THIS IS A TRAINING MANUAL 10 YEARS IN THE
MAKING DESIGNED TO ASSIST PEOPLE IN RECOVERY TO ACHIEVE WELLNESS AND RECOVERY BASED ON
THE PRINCIPLES OF WELLNESS RECOVERY AND ACTION PLANNING, WRAP, AN EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE
AS PART OF OUR NATIONAL REGISTRY FOR EFFECTIVE PRACTICES AND POLICIES.
THE MANUAL IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT SAMHSA’S WEBSITE.
IT HAS SHIFTED OUR THINKING AND APPROACHES TO RECOVERY ACROSS THE WORLD.
TODAY’S EXPECTATIONS, INCLUDING FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SERIOUS CONDITIONS, IS THAT WE CAN FULLY
RECOVER AND LEARN TO MANAGE OUR MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE CONDITIONS SUCCESSFULLY AND LIVE
FULL, MEANINGFUL LIVES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. THE TREMENDOUS SPEAKERS TODAY ARE PROVING
THAT VERY POINT THAT RECOVERY IS REAL AND RECOVERY HAPPENS.
I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR NEXT SPEAKER, BRIE WILLIAMS, WHO IS TRAINED AS AN ADVANCED
LEVEL WRAP FACILITATOR AND IS A YOUTH MANAGER FOR PEERS RECOVERY CENTERS IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA,
AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES SUPPORT SERVICES TO MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.
SHE COCREATED THE PROGRAM THAT SHE NOW MANAGES TODAY.
SHE WAS FEATURED IN THE SAMHSA FUNDED DOCUMENTARY “SHINE,” A FILM PRESENTED AT THE OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL. [APPLAUSE]
MS. WILLIAMS: DEPRESSION, SOCIAL ANXIETY, MENTAL, PHYSICAL, AND SEXUALLY ABUSED, SELF
MUTILATE HER, MENTALLY ILL, LABELED IN LIFE SITUATIONS THAT I ALLOWED TO DEFINE WHO I
WAS. WHAT I FOUND OUT ON MY RECOVERY JOURNEY IS
THAT IS NOT WHO I WAS. I’M A POET, AN ADVOCATE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, AND ADVANCED LEVEL WRAP FACILITATOR, ADMINISTRATOR OF AN AWESOME PROGRAM,
AND I’M A SINGER IN THE SHOWER. [LAUGHTER]
[APPLAUSE] MY RECOVERY JOURNEY STARTED —
I WAS A FRESHMAN IN COLLEGE. I WAS A POSTER KIT FOR TRUANCY IN MY CITY.
I DID NOT THINK I WOULD GO TO COLLEGE. I DID NOT THINK I WOULD BE ACCEPTED.
DURING MY SECOND SEMESTER, I WAS IN THE DARKEST STATE OF MY LIFE AND I ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.
WHEN I WOKE UP THE NEXT DAY, I FIGURED I MUST HAVE PURPOSE.
THERE MUST BE SOME REASON WHY I WOKE UP. THROUGH THAT, I WANTED TO CHANGE HOW I THOUGHT
ABOUT MYSELF. I HAD GONE BACK TO A TOOL THAT MY MOTHER INTRODUCED
TO ME. I FELT LIKE, WHAT DO PARENTS KNOW, THEY ONLY
FEED YOU, HOUSE YOU, CLOTHE YOU, THEY DON’T KNOW TOO MUCH.
[LAUGHTER] BUT I FOUND OUT MY MOTHER KNEW SOMETHING.
I ENROLLED IN COUNSELING. I OPENED UP THE LITTLE RED BOOK.
I FOUND OUT I HAD THE TOOLS AND THE DRIVE WITHIN MYSELF TO CHANGE MY LIFE, TO BE AN
ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN MY OWN RECOVERY, TO LOVE MYSELF, TO LOVE THE JOURNEY.
AFTER CREATING MY OWN WRAP PLAN, I GOT INVOLVED IN THE ALAMEDA COUNTY TAY ADVISORY BOARD.
I FELT LIKE IT WAS AN AWESOME PROGRAM AND IT SHOULD BE SOMETHING FOR LONG-TERM. WITH THE HELP OF SOME AMAZING ADULT ALLIES,
THE DIRECTOR OF THE TAY SYSTEMS OF CARE AND OTHERS, WE SAT IN ALL THESE MEETINGS, WE HAD
A PROGRAM PROPOSAL WRITER, AND WE CREATED WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE TAY INITIATIVE TODAY.
TWO YEARS LATER, I’M THE MANAGER OF THAT OWN PROGRAM, THROUGH MY OWN ADVOCACY, THROUGH
MY OWN BELIEF THAT RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE, NO MATTER WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS.
I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT WHAT SPEARHEADED MY OWN RECOVERY ARE THE FIVE STEPS OF THE WELLNESS
RECOVERY ACTION PLAN — THE FIRST IS HOPE, THE BELIEF THAT THINGS CAN AND WILL GET BETTER.
THE SECOND, IS PERSONAL RESPONSE ABILITY THAT’S THE SECOND IS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, KNOWING
WHAT YOU WANT TO LIKE TO LOOK LIKE, AND KNOWING THAT YOU CAN MAKE THAT VISION OF WELLNESS
COME TO FRUITION. THE THIRD ONE IS EDUCATION.
KNOWING ALL YOU CAN ABOUT YOURSELF, FINDING OUT WHAT YOUR LIKES AND DISLIKES ARE, KNOWING
WHAT WORKS AND DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU. THE FOURTH ONE IS SELF ADVOCACY.
BEING YOUR OWN GO-GETTER. BEING YOUR OWN ADVOCATE, BEING A PERSON THAT
YOU CAN PROVIDE YOUR OWN VOICE FOR. SELF ADVOCACY REALLY HELPED ME FIND MY WAY.
SELF ADVOCACY WAS MY GREATEST PEACE THAT I FOUND OUT OF THE WRAP RECOVERY PLAN BECAUSE
I HAD NO VOICE. I ALLOWED OTHER PEOPLE TO DEFINE ME.
THAT WAS HUGE FOR ME. THE FINAL ONE WAS SUPPORT — PEOPLE, PLACES,
AND THINGS THAT REMIND YOU WELLNESS IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU AND THAT ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAKE CARE
OF YOURSELF AND DO NOT JUDGE YOU. IN CLOSING, I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY AS AN
AMAZING FACILITATOR, MOTHER, AN AMAZING PERSON THAT HAS HAD SOME LIFE, BUT I KNOW THAT NO
MATTER WHAT, RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE HAVE PLANS, SUPPORT, ORGANIZATIONS LIKE
SAMHSA, THAT REMIND PEOPLE THAT, NO MATTER WHAT, YOU CAN RECOVER. THANK YOU.
[APPLAUSE] MR. CODERRE: I GUESS RECOVERY IS ALIVE AND
WELL IN AMERICA. LISTENING TO BRE AND ROBERT AND PAOLO AND
DR. CLARK. THE MESSAGES WE HEARD WERE ALL ABOUT HOPE
AND STABILITY. THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE BECOME WHEN THEY FIND
HELP IN RECOVERY. THANK ALL OF OUR SPEAKERS ONCE MORE.
ALSO, MY FRIEND HARDING AND THE REAR ADMIRAL, FOR ALL THEIR WORK ON TODAY’S EVENT.
BEFORE WE TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO BE ASKING QUESTIONS
JUST TO OBSERVE A FEW GROUND RULES. IN INTEREST OF TIME, WE WILL START TAKING
QUESTIONS FROM CREDENTIALED MEDIA FIRST. PLEASE LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE QUESTION.
USE THE AVAILABLE MICROPHONE. WE HAVE TWO MICROPHONES ON EITHER END OF THE
ROOM. STATE YOUR NAME AND AFFILIATION AND PLEASE
INDICATE WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND TO YOUR QUESTION.
ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? IN THE BACK.
ATTENDEE: HI. I’M A REPORTER AT MODERN HEALTH CARE.
QUESTION FOR PAOLO ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICAID EXPANSION AND WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A SUFFICIENT
ENOUGH KIND OF STOCK OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO TAKE IN ANYBODY WHO IS COMING IN BECAUSE
OF MEDICAID EXPANSION. DIRECTOR DEL VECCHIO: I THINK WE STILL ARE
SEEING THE IMPACT OF MEDICAID EXPANSION. WE HAVE OVER HALF OF THE STATES NOW WHO HAVE
SIGNED ON FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION. WE DEFINITELY PROJECTED INCREASED DEMAND FOR
SERVICES. YOU ARE RIGHT, WE ALSO NEED INCREASED SUPPLY
OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION TREATMENT PROVIDERS TO BE ABLE TO MEET THIS NEED.
ONE AREA THAT I THINK SHOWS A LOT OF PROMISE, AS WE DISCUSSED HERE TODAY, IS THE USE OF
PEERS AS PROVIDERS IN THE COMMUNITY. THIS IS AN AREA THAT SAMHSA AND MANY OF OUR
PARTNERS ARE ACTIVELY WORKING ON. WE CERTAINLY HAVE MORE WORK TO DO IN THAT
AREA, HOWEVER. MR. CODERRE: THANK YOU.
OTHER QUESTIONS? IT IS HARD TO SEE WITH THE LIGHTING UP HERE.
OTHER QUESTIONS? SO, ANY QUESTIONS FROM NON-CREDENTIALED MEDIA?
ATTENDEE: HI. I’M A PERSON AND LONG-TERM RECOVERY AND I’M
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TRANSFORMING YOUTH RECOVERY.
THIS QUESTION IS FOR THE ACTING DIRECTOR, SOON TO BE DIRECTOR, MICHAEL BOTTICELLI.
I’M WONDERING IF YOU CAN SPEAK TO WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN AS A RESULT OF THE AMPLIFICATION
OF COLLEGIATE RECOVERY PROGRAMS AND RECOVERY HIGH SCHOOLS.
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS BEING THE LONG-RANGE VISION OF THE IMPACT OF THESE PROGRAMS?
ACTING DIRECTOR BOTTICELLI: SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
THE WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING, ESTABLISHING RECOVERY HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE RECOVERY PROGRAM,
IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT. THE DATA THAT THE ADMINISTRATOR TALKED ABOUT
IN TERMS OF HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT RETURNING PEOPLE TO THE SAME ENVIRONMENT
THAT HAD BEEN PROBLEMATIC FOR PEOPLE, HOW DO WE CREATE COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING COLLEGIATE
COMMUNITIES AND HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITIES, THAT SUPPORT PEOPLE’S ONGOING RECOVERY ACT GO PART
OF OUR NATIONAL STRATEGY HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE TO SUPPORT NOT ONLY COMMUNITY-BASED
RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES, BUT COLLEGIATE RECOVERY PROGRAMS AND RECOVERY HIGH SCHOOLS.
THIS HAS BEEN A PRIME AREA FOR US TO FOCUS ON. TO CONTINUE TO AMPLIFY THE GOOD RESULTS THAT
COME OUT OF PROVIDING THESE KINDS OF SERVICES, CONTINUED CONVERSATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT
OF EDUCATION ABOUT SUPPORTING RECOVERY HIGH SCHOOLS.
IT HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR OVERALL FOCUS AND OUR WORK WITH SAMHSA ABOUT HOW DO
WE CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT PARTICULARLY THE YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS HAVE THOSE SUPPORTIVE
SERVICES THEY NEED REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ARE COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES OR WHETHER THEY
ARE COLLEGIATE OR HIGH SCHOOL. MR. CODERRE: THANK YOU.
OTHER QUESTIONS? ATTENDEE: HI.
THIS QUESTION IS FOR ROBERT AND BRIANNA. COULD YOU TALK ABOUT HOW PEERS PLAYED A ROLE
IN YOUR RECOVERY, PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIVED EXPERIENCE SUPPORTING YOU IN RECOVERY?
MS. WILLIAMS: SOME OF MY MOST HELPFUL THERAPISTS WERE PEOPLE WHO HAD EXPERIENCE IN MENTAL HEALTH
AND BEING A PEER PROVIDER MYSELF, I THINK IT IS IMPERATIVE TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN MARRY
THEIR EXPENSES TO SHOW WHAT THEY’VE GONE THROUGH AND TO REMIND YOU — TO BE A FACE THAT RECOVERY
IS REAL. OFTEN TIMES, WHEN PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND
— WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES, THEY MAY NOT
FULLY UNDERSTAND CERTAIN THINGS THAT YOU GO THROUGH, MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY.
I THINK IT IS IMPERATIVE TO HAVE CONNECTIONS TO FOLKS WHO HAVE MIRRORED EXPERIENCES.
MR. ASHFORD: THANKS FOR THE QUESTION, BY THE WAY.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT IS AN INTEGRATION MODEL THAT LOOKS AT PROFESSIONAL AND PEER
SERVICES. THE IMPORTANCE OF PEER SERVICES, THE IDEA
THAT RECOVERY BEGINS IN THE TREATMENT CENTER AND THE TREATMENT HAPPENS IN THE COMMUNITY
IS A VERY REAL STATEMENT TO MAKE. WHO IS IN THE COMMUNITY?
THAT’S OUR PEERS. AS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
AND BEING A PEER SPECIALIST, RECOVERY BLOSSOMS IN THE COMMUNITY AROUND PEERS.
THAT’S WHO WE SPEND OUR TIME WITH AND WHO WE BUILD OUR LIVES AROUND.
THAT’S WHO WE END UP MARRYING AND FOSTERING RELATIONSHIPS THAT DEFINE WHO WE ARE AS HUMANS.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. IF WE DON’T HAVE IT, WE WILL NOT BE FLOURISHING
IN COMMUNITIES. WE HAVE TO UPLIFT AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER,
WHETHER THAT IS IN — I THINK IT IS PARAMOUNT TO RECOVERY.
MR. CODERRE: THANK YOU. OTHER QUESTIONS?
ATTENDEE: HI. I’M A YOUNG PERSON IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY.
MY QUESTION IS FOR ROBERT. COULD YOU EXPLAIN WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RESOURCES
THAT ARE OUT THERE TODAY FOR MOVING FORWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN RECOVERY?
MR. ASHFORD: ABSOLUTELY. THANKS FOR THE QUESTION.
I THINK IT IS BEST FRAMED POSSIBLY UNDER THE HAT OF VOLUNTEERING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN RECOVERY.
WHAT WE LOOK AT TO FLOURISH IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY, WE NEED ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE EDUCATION, WHETHER
THAT IS A FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION, VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, GETTING A GED, WHATEVER THE EDUCATIONAL
GOALS ARE FOR THE PERSON ATTEMPTING TO THRIVE IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY.
YOU ALSO NEED ACCESS TO SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYWHERE TO LIVE, HOW CAN YOU FLOURISH IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY?
AND ACCESS TO EQUITABLE EMPLOYMENT. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PAY YOUR BILLS.
WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT ABSTINENCE OR ANYTHING ELSE.
WE ARE LOOKING AT QUALITY OF LIFE. THOSE ARE THE THREE THINGS CITED BY VARIOUS
RESEARCH THAT ARE SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE.
I THINK UTILIZING THESE THREE THINGS, HOUSING AUTHORITIES, WORKFORCE AUTHORITIES, COLLEGES
AND EDUCATION CENTERS, LOOKING AT RESUME DEVELOPMENT, HOUSING VOUCHERS, ESPECIALLY ON THE MENTAL
HEALTH SIDE — THERE ARE TONS OF RESOURCES IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK.
A GOOD STARTING POINT WOULD BE THE RECOVERY MONTH OR THE SAMHSA WEBSITE OR THE YOUNG PEOPLE
IN RECOVERY WEBSITE. FIND SOMETHING NEAR YOU.
GETTING INVOLVED IS THE BEST RESOURCE. ATTENDEE: I AM FROM RHODE ISLAND.
I AM IN LONG-TERM RECOVERY. MY QUESTION IS FOR ANY OF YOU THREE.
THE OVERDOSE CRISIS. RHODE ISLAND, AS MANY OTHER STATES, HAS BEEN
GREATLY IMPACTED BY IT. SOME STATES HAVE THE MANDATORY PRESCRIPTION
MONITORING FOR OPIATES. SOME STATES DO NOT.
DO YOU HAVE AN OPINION ON IT? DO YOU FAVOR IT?
IS THERE A PLAN? ACTING DIRECTOR BOTTICELLI: ONE OF THE ISSUES
THAT OBVIOUSLY IS OF PRIME CONCERN FOR US HAS BEEN THE DRAMATIC INCREASE OF PRESCRIPTION
DRUG USE AND BURGEONING HEROIN ISSUES AND WHAT THAT HAS MEANT IN THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE
OF OVERDOSE DEATH. THE LATEST DATA SHOW THAT 110 AMERICANS ARE
DYING EVERY DAY OF A DRUG OVERDOSE, MUCH OF THAT LINKED TO PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE, INCREASINGLY
IN TERMS OF HEROIN. IN 2011, OUR OFFICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR
FEDERAL PARTNERS RELEASED A PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION PLAN, WHICH REALLY FOCUSED
ON A NUMBER OF KEY FACTORS. ONE OF THOSE IS THE VITALITY AND UTILITY OF
PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS. AS PEOPLE START, WE KNOW THAT MANY PEOPLE
FIRST GET AND START MISUSING PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION BY GETTING IT FIRST FROM FAMILY
AND FRIENDS, LARGELY FROM THE MEDICINE CABINET. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY
HAS ACCESS TO TOOLS THAT AS PEOPLE PROGRESS IN CHRONIC USE, IF THEY’RE GOING TO MORE THAN
ONE DOCTOR, TO BE UP TO DO THAT. IT IS BEYOND IDENTIFYING THESE FOLKS.
IT’S ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WITH THAT INFORMATION AT THE PHYSICIAN OFFICE AND WE WANT TO MAKE
SURE PHYSICIANS ARE USING THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO STAGE AN INTERVENTION.
YOU ARE SITTING NEXT TO A GENTLEMAN WHO HAS BEEN DOING SOME GOOD WORK ABOUT WORKING WITH
THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT AS THEY ARE IDENTIFYING PEOPLE WITH A DISORDER,
THEY ARE GETTING REFERRED TO TREATMENT. ONE OF THE THINGS — I THINK MANY OF YOU HAVE
SEEN THE SAMHSA TOOLKIT THAT HAS BEEN GEARED TO SUBSCRIBERS AND PARENTS THAT PROMOTES A
WIDE VARIETY OF PRACTICE IN TERMS OF REDUCING OVERDOSE DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES.
WE HAVE BEEN REALLY FORCEFUL ABOUT FEDERAL MISTAKE, AND LOCAL LAWS THAT PROMOTE THE USE
OF NALOXONE BY FIRST RESPONDERS. WE HAVE BEEN HEARTENED BY THE NUMBER OF STATES
THAT HAVE ADOPTED WIDE VARIETY LEGISLATION TO DO THAT.
THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL SENT OUT GUIDANCE ASKING LAW ENFORCEMENT TO REVIEW THEIR POLICIES AND
ANYONE IN POSITION TO RESPOND TO AN OVERDOSE CARRIES IT.
IT IS AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL DOCUMENT THAT SPEAKS TO A WIDE VARIETY —
THIS HAS BEEN A PRIORITY FOR US. ALSO WORKING WITH OTHER SAMHSA GRANTS TO LOOK
AT HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITY TO DEAL WITH OVERDOSE ISSUES.
ADMINISTRATOR HYDE: THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. IT IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY.
ALL OF OUR PARTNERS, DOJ, ALL OF THE OTHERS HAVE BEEN TACKLING THE ISSUE.
WE WORK WITH CDC ON THE PRESCRIBING PART OF IT.
WE WORK
ON THE INTEROPERABILITY. IT HAS TO DO WITH, ELECTRONICALLY, CAN WE
MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRESCRIBERS TO SEE WHAT ELSE IS BEING PRESCRIBED.
WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT FROM A NATIONAL STANDARDS POINT OF VIEW.
WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON NALOXONE AVAILABILITY TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE EXPERIENCING AN OVERDOSE
DON’T DIE FROM IT AND TO USE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE THEM IN TREATMENT.
IT IS A TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE WILLING TO BE ENGAGED IN TREATMENT.
WE ARE, FRANKLY, LOOKING AT MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT AND GETTING IT AVAILABLE TO PHYSICIANS’
OFFICES. AND FROM SAMHSA’S POINT OF VIEW, WE ARE LOOKING
AT THE PREVENTION ISSUE. WE ARE TRYING TO GO UPSTREAM A LITTLE BIT
AND SAY, LET’S TRY TO TACKLE THIS ISSUE BEFORE WE GET TO AN OVERDOSE.
THAT’S TRY TO TACKLE IT WHERE KIDS ARE AND WHERE THE MEDICINE CABINETS ARE.
BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE DATA, AND IT IS SOME OF THE DATA WE HAVE AVAILABLE, A FAIRLY
SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE DID GET THESE MEDICATIONS FROM SUBSCRIBERS.
IT CAUSES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HALF OF THE PEOPLE WHO UTILIZE THESE MEDICATIONS TO GET
THEM FOR FREE. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC’S KNOWLEDGE ABOUT
WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT. WE TAKE THE PREVENTION ISSUES, WORKING WITH
OUR COLLEAGUES — WE HAVE SOME STATE GRANTS WE HAVE DONE TO
TRY TO HELP STATES FOCUS ON THAT. I THINK AMONG US, WE ARE ADDRESSING AND HITTING
THIS ISSUE FROM A NUMBER OF WAYS. HHS AND THE SECRETARY JUST SPONSORED A 50-STATE
ACADEMY ABOUT THIS ISSUE, AND THEN WE FOLLOWED UP WITH A 10-STATE, I THINK IT WAS 10-STATE,
POLICY ACADEMY THAT I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE ENDING TO. THEY WERE WIRED AND TIRED AND WORKING ON PLANS
IN THOSE STATES ON HOW TO ADDRESS IT. THE NGA, NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION, IS
ALSO WORKING ON THIS ISSUE WITH US. I THINK THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE THAT
HAS CAPTURED THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY. OUR FRIENDS IN PUBLIC HEALTH ARE LOOKING AT
IT. HOPEFULLY, OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THESE
ARE THINGS — WE CAN’T FIX THIS OVERNIGHT, BUT WE ARE GETTING
OUR HANDS AROUND THIS ISSUE, I BELIEVE. DR. H. WESTLEY CLARK: IN ADDITION, WE DID
SEND LETTERS TO STATE AUTHORITIES REMINDING THEM THAT THEY CAN ALSO USE BLOCK GRANT FUNDS
— THE SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT PART OF THE BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO ACQUIRE NALOXONE IF THEY
SO DESIRE. PAM AND MICHAEL HAVE POINTED OUT THE LARGER
PUBLIC POLICIES, BUT WE ARE ALSO DEALING WITH SOME OF THE BASIC ISSUES, MAKING SURE RESOURCES
ARE AVAILABLE. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS, HOW DO WE PAY FOR
THIS, AND WE ARE MAPPING OUT THE FULL LANDSCAPE OF THE ISSUE.
MR. CODERRE: I THINK WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE MORE QUESTION.
OVER HERE. ATTENDEE: I’M FROM SFR, A NEW COLLEGIATE RECOVERY
GROUP AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. [APPLAUSE]
THANK YOU. IT STANDS FOR STUDENTS FOR RECOVERY.
IT’S AN HONOR TO BE HERE. WE’RE HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE GETTING THE
ATTENTION OF AUTHORITIES ON OUR CAMPUS TO GIVE US SUPPORT AND TO GIVE US SPACE ON CAMPUS.
WE WERE JUST WONDERING, A QUESTION FOR NOBODY IN PARTICULAR, WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT WE
CAN GET THE ATTENTION OF THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT US?
MR. ASHFORD: I WOULD LOVE TO TAKE THAT ONE, SINCE WE DO IT EVERY DAY.
THANKS. I WOULD SAY, FIRST AND FOREMOST, KEEP DOING
WHAT YOU’RE DOING. BY BEING A VOICE AND FACE FOR RECOVERY, ESPECIALLY
AS A YOUNG PERSON ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS, IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEAUTIFUL AND THAT WILL
GET THE ATTENTION EVENTUALLY. ASK FOR MEETINGS.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR WHAT YOU NEED AND WHAT YOU WANT.
THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING WE’VE FOUND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS.
BY GOING TO PEOPLE, TELLING THEM WHAT YOU NEED, WANT, AND WHY YOU WANT IT, AND OFFERING
SOLUTIONS — THEY WILL BEGIN TO SEE YOU AS A RESOURCE.
BY EDUCATING YOUR ADMINISTRATORS. THE FACT IS THAT THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF
PEOPLE THAT DON’T KNOW RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE, OR THAT TREATMENT WORKS, OR WHAT RESOURCES
ARE AVAILABLE. YOU ARE WELL POISED TO EDUCATE THEM IN A THOUGHTFUL
MANNER THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BE EFFECTIVE AS ADMINISTRATORS, AND THEY WILL THANK YOU
FOR IT. THE BIGGEST THING FOR THE LACK OF SUPPORT
OR ASSISTANCE ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS IS MISINFORMATION OR LACK OF EDUCATION.
DO YOUR PART. ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT.
CONTINUE TO BE A VOICE OF RECOVERY. YOU WILL GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED.
ADMINISTRATOR HYDE: JUST TO ADD TO THAT, THINK ABOUT WHO DRIVES SOME OF THE POLICIES ON CAMPUSES.
I WOULD DO A LITTLE RESEARCH ON YOUR FACULTY AND ON YOUR DONORS AND WHO OF THEM ARE INTERESTED
IN THIS ISSUE. SEE IF YOU CAN PARTNER UP WITH SOME OF THOSE
IN THE COMMUNITY. ANY INSTITUTION RESPONSE TO THOSE KINDS OF
ENTREES. I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE PEOPLE IN RECOVERY
AMONG YOUR DONORS AND AMONG YOUR FACULTY, SO FIND THEM AND BE PARTNERS WITH THEM.
ACTING DIRECTOR BOTTICELLI: PAM IS RIGHT. PEER-TO-PEER WORKS BEYOND SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS
IN RECOVERY. IT CAN BE REALLY POWERFUL.
I KNOW MANY PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM HAVE CONTACTS ON THEIR COLLEGE CAMPUSES.
HAVING SOME DIRECT CONVERSATIONS, ADMINISTRATOR TO ADMINISTRATOR CONVERSATIONS CAN BE PARTICULARLY
HELPFUL. WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION
WITH YOU ABOUT HOW OUR OFFICE COULD BE HELPFUL AS WELL.
MR. CODERRE: I WANT TO TAKE PREROGATIVE TO INTRODUCE SOMEONE DIRECTOR BOTTICELLI REFERRED
TO, TWO GENTLEMEN I WORKED CLOSELY WITH. [APPLAUSE]
THIS WHOLE IDEA ABOUT NETWORKING, I THINK IT CAN WORK IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO EDUCATE
THE PUBLIC ABOUT RECOVERY, THE THINGS SAMHSA IS DOING, THAT NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE
AND HEALTH. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED, INCLUDING
OUR SPEAKERS, THE AUDIENCE, AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE TODAY.
NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH PROMISES THE SOCIETAL BENEFITS OF PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND RECOVERY
FROM MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS. WE HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS
THROUGHOUT ALL SEGMENTS OF OUR NATION’S COMMUNITIES, THAT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL AND SUBSTANCE USE
DISORDERS CAN CONTINUE TO RECOVER AND LIVE HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER LIVES.
THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

Robin Kshlerin

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