Road to Recovery Update: Have Your Questions Answered by Our April Expert

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September 2013
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Watch the April Road to Recovery Program: Building Public Awareness and Community Support: Strategies for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in Behavioral Health

Premieres today! Continued progress in meeting the challenges associated with our Nation's behavioral health problems depends largely on building public awareness and community support. Increased public awareness about the costs and consequences of untreated mental and substance use disorders will likely result in higher levels of community support for prevention, treatment, and recovery initiatives. What are the most effective ways for those involved in the behavioral health field to reach out to their communities? What are the best ways to connect with community leaders who can influence others in this endeavor? This show will examine a variety of strategies and messages for building public awareness and community support, including how the direction of health reform and the integration of behavioral health care into the primary health care setting present opportunities for progress as well as challenges.

Submit Questions to the April Ask the Expert, Arthur C. Evans, Ph.D.

As the commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Dr. Evans leads a major initiative to transform how behavioral health care and intellectual disability services are delivered in Philadelphia. Since Dr. Evans' appointment as commissioner in November 2004, Philadelphia has begun to transform its system to one that focuses on recovery for adults, resilience for children, and self-determination for all people with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Evans is a clinical and community psychologist. He holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and he has extensive experience in transforming systems of care while serving in several national leadership roles.

Dr. Evans will answer questions about the April Road to Recovery program: Building Public Awareness and Community Support: Strategies for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery in Behavioral Health. Submit your questions by April 26. Answers from Dr. Evans will be posted on the Recovery Month website in mid-May. Contact information for questions will be kept confidential. Contact us to submit your question.

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