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The Minnesota Department of Human Services will mark the beginning of Recovery Month this September with an event celebrating Minnesotans in recovery from addiction and mental health disorders, particularly veterans and service members.
The kick-off event, which will focus on the needs of veterans, service members and their families, is set for Wednesday, Sept., 4, in Rooms 2370/80 at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St, St. Paul. Resource tables will be open and a social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free parking will be available in the Andersen building ramp, which can be entered from Minnesota Street between 10th and 11th streets.
Kevin McCauley, a former naval flight surgeon who treated pilots with alcohol and drug problems, will be the keynote speaker for the event. As a physician and co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study in Salt Lake City, McCauley advocates for the rights of addicts as patients. State and federal officials also have been invited to speak.
“A key element of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy is expanding support for recovery and ensuring access to services,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “All Minnesotans deserve our full support to address their needs in recovery, and especially our service members and veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much.”
The event will celebrate veterans, service members and all Minnesotans in recovery, as well as friends, family and others who aid in the recovery from addiction and mental health disorders.
To help organizers with seating and other arrangements, those attending are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-431-3250.
National Recovery Month, sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, promotes the social benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders; celebrates people in recovery; lauds the contributions of treatment and services providers; and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.