Office of the County Commission
P R O C L A M A T I O N
Recognizing September 2017 as “Recovery Month”
WHEREAS, mental and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide, but with commitment and support, people with these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and lead rewarding lives in recovery; and
WHEREAS, by seeking help, people who experience mental and/or substance use disorders can embark on a new path toward improved health and overall wellness; and
WHEREAS, the focus of National Recovery Month this September is to celebrate their journey with the theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.” Recovery Month spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to health and one’s overall wellness, and that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover; and
WHEREAS, the impact of mental and substance use disorders is apparent in our local community, with the 2017 Community Health Assessment reporting that almost one in four Douglas County adults report having been diagnosed with a depressive disorder, and drug overdoses have surpassed motor vehicle crashes and falls as the leading cause of unintentional injury death; and
WHEREAS, through Recovery Month, people become more aware and able to recognize the signs of mental and substance use disorders, which can lead more people into needed treatment; and
WHEREAS, managing the effects of these conditions can help people achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally; and
WHEREAS, the Recovery Month observance continues to work to improve the lives of those affected by mental and/or substance use disorders by raising awareness of these diseases and educating communities about the prevention, treatment, and recovery resources that are available; and
WHEREAS, for the above reasons, I am asking the citizens of Douglas County to join me in celebrating this September as National Recovery Month; and
WHEREAS, community partner organizations such as Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, DCCCA, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Healthcare Access, Heartland Community Health Center, Lawrence Douglas County Health Department, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical, Lawrence Police Department, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department provide crucial roles in preventing and overcoming mental and substance abuse disorders to promote healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, that the month of September 2017 be recognized as “Recovery Month”, and call upon our community to observe this month with compelling programs and events that support this year’s observance in Douglas County, Kansas.
ADOPTED this 20th day of September, 2017.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS