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Mental health stakeholders invited to discuss initiatives

DHS is convening a series of meetings for stakeholders around Minnesota to discuss ideas for improving mental health services in their areas. Feedback from these meetings will help the department in developing initiatives for the 2015 session of the Minnesota Legislature.

DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will participate in meetings scheduled so far at the following locations:

Tuesday, Sept. 16
3 to 4 p.m.
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive
St. Louis River Room

Friday, Sept. 19
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kandiyohi County Human Service Building
2200 23rd St. NE

DHS sponsoring Recovery Month events in September

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Minnesota, in recognition of the annual National Recovery Month, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.

During the month DHS, its partners and the nation celebrate people who have reclaimed their lives in recovery from substance abuse and mental health and honor providers who make these recoveries possible. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.”

DHS is sponsoring a free public showing of the film “The Anonymous People” and panel discussion with actor and vocalist T. Mychael Rambo as moderator from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Landmark Center Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, 75 5th St., St. Paul. “The Anonymous People” is a documentary about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The film highlights the movement to change public perception of people with substance use disorders and the public response to the addiction crisis.

Displays and information will also be in the lobby of the Elmer L. Andersen Building during the month.

DHS is a partner in other Recovery Month events sponsored by the Minnesota Recovery Connection. These include the Walk for Recovery, which starts with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis.

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