Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

To raise awareness of the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery from mental and substance use disorders, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has declared September to be Recovery Month in Morris County.
Recovery Month in Morris County
September 2012

Whereas, behavioral health is an essential part of health and one’s overall wellness, and prevention of mental and/or substance use disorders works, treatment is effective and people recover and achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally, and contribute in positive ways to their communities, and

Whereas, we must encourage relatives and friends of people with mental and/or substance use disorders to implement preventative measures, recognize the signs of a problem and guide those in need to appropriate treatment and recovery support services, and

Whereas, the State of New Jersey has recognized the interrelatedness of mental illness and substance use disorders and has merged the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and

Whereas, the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported 2.6 million people received specialty treatment for a substance use disorder, and more than 31.3 million adults aged 18 or older received services for mental health problems, and given the serious nature of this public health problem, we must continue to reach the millions more who need help, and

Whereas, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital serves people with psychiatric illnesses and those with co-occurring disorders, and because of the incidence of trauma in this population the hospital is also committed to providing trauma-informed care, and

Whereas, to help more people achieve long-term recovery and learn how recovery positively benefits the nation’s overall well-being, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the County of Morris invite all residents of Morris County to participate in National Recovery Month;

Now Therefore, I, William J. Chegwidden, Director of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, proclaim September 2012 as Recovery Month in Morris County and ask the citizens, religious and community based organizations and businesses in the county to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities and ceremonies supporting this year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: It’s Worth It.”

William J. Chegwidden