This year's conference was filled with educational workshop presentations and featured speakers all chosen to support renewal, inspire hope, infuse new ideas and concepts, and to remind each of us that our collective worth is more valuable than any one of us acting alone. Click here to view presentation.
Cherie Hunter, the morning's keynote speaker, presented The Recovery Oriented System of Care: Whose Recovery is it Anyway? She explained, that "achieving both a recovery-oriented system of care and the implementation of a recovery management philosophy requires substantial changes in treatment philosophies, purchase-of-care strategies, regulatory policies and monitoring protocols".
Our guest speaker, Gary Tennis, Secretary of PA Department of Drug and Alcohol programs opened the afternoon with promoting a new initiative called "Building Bridges to Recovery" by "building informational and resource bridges between the medical community, the treatment community, the recovering community and the person or family in need of life-saving treatment. Through this effort we can break down the stigma that too often isolate individuals and family members who live with a drug and alcohol addiction".
We extend a special note of deep appreciation to everyone who helped make this conference a great success, in particular the conference sponsors - Hanover Hospital, Mike and Lynn Fiery, Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, True North Wellness, Hanover Eagle Riders, Hanover Fire/Department, Penn Township and White Deer Run. When people and organizations choose to donate not just money but also time, energy, talent, hard work, and skills to support a community organization, the impact is immeasurable.
Vendors that participated were: Collaborating for Youth, Colonial House Park, Cornerstone Counseling & Education, Community Care Behavioral Health, Guiding Hearts with Hope, Inc, Hanover Hospital Tobacco Cessation, Karen Ecker - Medical Qigong Therapy, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A), PA Behavioral Health Connection, Rhizome Connections, Safe Home YWCA, Sees the Day, Inc. Self-Sufficient Health, Solace Massage, Spark Radiance Photography, Survivors, Inc., Temple University, True North Wellness Services, White Deer Run and York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission.
Attendees' testimonials about the event - click here.